Car condo campus opens next month in Broadview Heights
Club Motor Estates is a gated, 16-acre campus with personal high-end garages and state-of-the-art conference and dining facilities for car enthusiasts in Broadview Heights. Rendering Credit: Club Motor Estates
Are you ready to go beyond the car cruise and car storage lifestyle? For those who can afford it, a new opportunity awaits. Club Motor Estates in Broadview Heights holds its grand opening next month on its 16-acre campus. It’s an opportunity for car enthusiasts and collectors of antique, vintage, classic, race, rare, and/or luxury cars the chance to see one of America’s only country clubs focused on car buffs.
Members have 24/7 access to their own custom-designed car condos, which are purchased, not rented. There are 170 units, with space ranging from 720 square feet to 10,000 square feet. But visionary, owner, CEO and President of Club Motor Estates, Jeff Badger, says “most people will want more than one unit, so there will be about 80 to 100 actual members.”
Club Motor Estates visionary Jeff Badger, local dignitaries, vendors and investors broke ground in May for Club Motor Estates in Broadview Heights. Photo Credit: Heartland Communications
The units can be turned into most whatever the owner dreams – a vintage “gas station”; car museum; luxurious getaway or an exclusive clubhouse – created by the owner or Club Motor Estates’ affiliate, Environments by Design. Standard features include painted drywall interiors with sound insulation and fire protection between units, sealed concrete floors that support car lifts and individually controlled in-floor radiant heat and air-conditioning.
“Finally, there is a place where passionate, like-minded car nuts have a community all year round,” said Badger, who gained a national reputation for his custom home and commercial projects with Badger Brothers/BuildCraft for the past 24 years. “There are yacht clubs and golf clubs for people with those interests. Now we have a venue for us. But if don’t come now, you will miss out. Phase One is already sold out.”
Club Motors Estates is located on property formerly owned by Shiners International. In an agreement that makes everyone a winner, the Shiners’ offices in the original building have been completely remodeled as part of Club Motor Estates’ Phase One plans and the group has been welcomed to stay onsite. Car shows and other events to aid the benevolent organization that helps primarily children will be held.
Phase One also saw the remodel of a 7,500 square foot Ballroom d’ Elegance, a clubhouse now called Finish Line and a conference room dubbed Winner’s Circle, plus 15,000 square feet of the custom garages.
Phase Two begins about 30 days after the grand opening and will include additional parking facilities, a new entrance to the property and two of the seven new buildings planned.
Year round activities – some exclusive to members and others open to the public – include Cigars and Cars, Dine ‘n Drive with Daughter, Coming of Age/Japan Car Week, Oktoberfest/German Car Week, Great Car and Chili Cookoff, Horses and Horsepower, corporate functions, charity events and auctions.
Badger’s inspiration for Club Motor Estates, which he calls “part country club, part caviar and part motor oil,” began in 2006 when he realized that he wasn’t the only car enthusiast who needed secure and convenient storage, but also a place to socialize and share his cars with others at any time. An initial attempt in a Summit County community to create the campus fell through, but Badger found his car Nirvana in Broadview Heights.
“Can you imagine 40 million plus dollars worth of cars in one location? It’s unheard of here. Broadview Heights is a really wonderfully welcoming community for us, from Mayor Sam Alai (a car guy himself) to the service director, fire and police chiefs. It’s all been great.”