Take a gander around major U.S. cities, and you’ll see that the market for newly-constructed condo units is at an all-time high; many developers are seeking way to set their particular luxury properties apart from all the others going up around them.
One amenity that’s been gaining traction in some new construction is the in-unit parking space. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you drive your vehicle onto an elevator platform, hit a button, and you and your auto are spirited up to your apartment. No more endless searching for a spot, no more time wasted on alternate-side parking days, and no more dollars wasted on the inevitable parking tickets.
Last summer, a new luxury condo building opened its doors at 200 11th Ave. in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and it earned the nickname the “Sky Garage” because it was designed with a car elevator that travels vertically to each residential unit, opening onto an in-unit attached garage. The 19-story condominium with a host of modern amenities is home to actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, country singer Keith Urban and some other well-known celebrities and fashion designers.
“The Sky Garage is a ground up 23-story building of luxury condo units, each unit having a garage with a window in the sky adjacent to the apartment attached by a mud room,” says Steven Kratchman, the architect of the project. “The owner can drive his Range Rover, the SUV chosen as the standard by which the parking facility dimensions should be designed, into the elevator with kids and groceries, and drive into the unit and parking garage. The elevator doors close, and the elevator returns to serve the next client.”
In addition to New York, the robotic parking trend has also taken hold in South Florida with the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach. Reportedly 60 stories in height, the 132-unit building is slated for completion later this year and promises to be one of the world’s first condominiums in which drivers can sit in their cars as the elevators take them straight to their apartments. The project by Porsche Design Group and developer Gil Dezer broke ground in 2014 and is expected to have a total of 284 robotic parking spaces, according to the website of Lucrecia Lindemann, vice president of sales for Dezer Platinum Realty. Other luxury developers around the country are paying attention to the trend, with similar in-unit condos expected to pop up in Chicago and other larger cities in the next few years.