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Old 03-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Despite these economic times, garage condos seem to be gaining in popularity. The idea is s...
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:50 PM   #2
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nice idea.

I'm trying to buy a empty lot from my neighbor and to get around the requirement to have it be a resident I wanna build a 40x60 studio with big door in the end. The kitchen against the back wall with loft for the bath and sleeping area. All still looking like a house.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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I'm ready for that. No yard to maintain, club house so a guy can walk home after drinkin with his neibors thaat all do the same kind of stuff.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:41 PM   #4
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FYI - units at Motorplex run between $105-$110 square foot (location dependent), sheetrocked and primed.
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:03 PM   #5
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Ausome, I could just imigane starting the tractor up at 430 to go to work with your wife up there getting nice wake up call
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #6
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It's not often that the reason for the divorce and the solution to where to live after the divorce comes so handily packaged.

BTW: Anyone considering 'investing' should take a look at their rate of sales on the current phase, bearing in mind that the envelope appears to be complete
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:36 PM   #7
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http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=46593

Ive been drooling for a while now.

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Old 03-21-2010, 07:18 PM   #8
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so you can legally live in it?....if you can sounds like heaven to me. they need to come out west and i would gladly sell my place and buy one.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #9
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so you can legally live in it?....if you can sounds like heaven to me. they need to come out west and i would gladly sell my place and buy one.
No, you can't legally live there. They allow a kitchenette but not a full kitchen or bedroom.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #10
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hmmm, p.o box and a hammock?
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:17 AM   #11
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Pretty dammed gorgeous.....
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We have Garage Oasis (use to be GarageTown) within walking distance of my home.

I can afford the initial purchase, but kind of choked on the monthly fees, and property taxes.

Then there is the covenants which don't allow welding or car building in the units. And get me started on their use of 3 phase power.
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I have been watching that post by HIRISC as I like the idea.
I wish I had seen something like that before I built my 60 x 30 foot shed/garage.

I have been looking to build an Eco house http://www.ecovill.com.au/
But now may look into build another shed/garage like these two -


All Steel and called a Quaker barn.
What I like is the upstairs area could be used for living.

and the dowstairs would have room for a vehicle as well as a toilet, shower etc. All I have to do is find out if the City Council will give me permission to build given I already have a house and shed on my property.
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What a neat place!
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:13 AM   #16
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Thanks guys, appreciate the nice comments.

It's a little toasty in there lately with temps in the 90's, but we roughed in a split A/C system when we built it and will be going forward with the install in a week or so. Mostly it's to knock down the temp upstairs and humidity throughout the place.

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I can afford the initial purchase, but kind of choked on the monthly fees, and property taxes. Then there is the covenants which don't allow welding or car building in the units. And get me started on their use of 3 phase power.
Yeah, it's important to factor in the monthly costs (which I'm sure vary) if you're looking at this.. in our neck of the woods, heating over the winter is the one that gets your attention!

Regarding the car building or welding restrictions.. that's a FAIL. What's the point if you can't work on/build a car in your own space!
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We have Garage Oasis (use to be GarageTown) within walking distance of my home.

I can afford the initial purchase, but kind of choked on the monthly fees, and property taxes.

Then there is the covenants which don't allow welding or car building in the units. And get me started on their use of 3 phase power.
I am the owner/developer of Garage Oasis. Please contact me to discuss your concerns (281)658-7500. I have also sent you a private message. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:11 PM   #18
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Thanks guys, appreciate the nice comments.

It's a little toasty in there lately with temps in the 90's, but we roughed in a split A/C system when we built it and will be going forward with the install in a week or so. Mostly it's to knock down the temp upstairs and humidity throughout the place.



Yeah, it's important to factor in the monthly costs (which I'm sure vary) if you're looking at this.. in our neck of the woods, heating over the winter is the one that gets your attention!

Regarding the car building or welding restrictions.. that's a FAIL. What's the point if you can't work on/build a car in your own space!
As the owner of Garage Oasis I would like to clarify the restrictions. The present owners DO work on their cars. That is why each unit comes with a 100 amp breaker box that is wired to 1-220v and 6-110v electric outlets. They are also wired for telephone. Each is equipped with its own HVAC system and thermostat. Present owners have installed car lifts, mezzanines, compressors, work benches, welders, upgraded flooring etc. in order to work on their vehicles...Thanks for the opportunity to reply...By the way beautiful condo. Congrats!
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #19
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In every big city I have been in I have seen commercial garage buildings with apartments above them.

I used to see country gas stations the same way.
The owners apartment above the service bays.

What is the difference?
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In every big city I have been in I have seen commercial garage buildings with apartments above them.

I used to see country gas stations the same way.
The owners apartment above the service bays.

What is the difference?
Difference is, although these units can cost as much as a house, you can't live in them. The mom/pop apartment over business that's popular in big cities isn't a "condo" and typically contains a seperate apartment on the 2nd floor.

That being said, there are many live/work projects abound. Many are sitting empty around these parts.
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