New Car Condominiums and Clubhouse
Club Motor Estates is a new condominium and country club campus for car enthusiasts. The facility is expected to open in fall or next Spring. Club Motor Estates is the brainchild of Jeff Badger, a very special design/builder of “Homes of Natural Distinction”.
If the idea of an inverted transmission case used as a sink excites you, read on. Northeast Ohio is about to get its first commercial condominiums for cars and a country club for car enthusiasts, all on a 16-acre campus in Broadview Heights. The sinks will be used in the members-only, 7,400-square-foot clubhouse, according to developer Jeff Badger, the mastermind behind the complex. (It is possible that similar sinks could also be used in the private car-accommodating units that can be custom designed by their owners into personalized man caves.)
But Club Motor Estates is more than just about decorating gimmicks. It’s about lifestyle and connecting the region’s fanatical car culture. Monthly events planned include car auctions, cruises, speakers, car rallies, cigar nights, drive-in movies at the club and father/daughter drives.
The clubhouse, open 24/7, can be used by members for weddings and receptions, corporate events and other social gatherings. “If you own boat, you join a marina. If you own a car, now you can join a ‘carina,’” said Badger, who for many years has built high-end log timber and hybrid-style custom homes with his business partner brother as The Badger Brothers.
Owners of vintage, antique and classic cars are encouraged to join, as are racecar and sports car owners and tuners. Eighty percent of members are expected to come from within a 30- to 35- minute drive time to the facility. Badger said most car enthusiasts face problems of adequate storage for the cars they don’t usually drive on a daily basis. Cities may also have zoning restrictions about the size of sheds or garages on a property or the number of vehicles stored on one lot. Commercial car storage facilities often lack the amenities that make enjoying a car collection possible, said Badger. (He has owned many kinds of cars over the years, including muscle cars and Thunderbirds, but now his personal devotion is directed toward Jaguars.)
Club Motor Estates offers turnkey units of 24- or 30-foot widths with 18-foot-high ceilings. Painted drywall interior walls feature sound insulation and fire protection between units. Sealed concrete floors support car lifts and individually controlled in-floor radiant heat. Air conditioning is also individually controlled. Private man doors and raised panel overhead doors with window inserts and remote control openers are standard. Options include balcony areas, kitchens, bathrooms, sound systems, exhaust systems, office/lounge, custom finished flooring, cabinetry and just about anything else the unit owner could want, says Badger. State-of the-art security covers ever inch of the gated community. In total, about 160 units will be built, depending on the sizes sold and the fact that some club owners will buy more than one unit.
Club Motor Estates is now taking reservations for membership and should open phase one of the campus in Spring. For more information, call or visit www.ClubMotorEstates.com.