As befits the former head of the McLaren Formula One Ron Dennis is building something definitively 21st-century beneath his Wentworth Estate mansion – an extensive subterranean garage with a revolving turntable. Like other well-heeled homeowners, Ron wants a safe place to house his collection of expensive vehicles.
However, F1 tycoons aren’t the only automobile aficionados desirous of the finest facilities for their collections – it’s now a worldwide trend. Inger Stringfellow of Sotheby’s International Realty in New Canaan, Connecticut says more people are driven to possess multiple garages with lifts for their sports cars.
Read on as we round up some of the greatest garages on the market…
It’s one thing to love this seven-bedroom Winnington Road home for the cinema room, gym, wine cellar and Lutron lighting system. But when you see the equally optimally lit eight-car garage and car showroom, you – and your petrol-head guests – will be wowed on viewing it through the glass walls of the entertainment room (below right).
MALLORCA, PORTALS NOUS
Once owned by Norwegian oil baron Ola Peter Tollefsen – whose hobby is restoring American vintage cars to their former glory – this six-bedroom Andalusian-style mansion comes with grand entrance gates, walled gardens and the largest residential saltwater pool on Mallorca. It also has a garage that housed the Tollefsen collection. The lucky purchaser will get a Ford Thunderbird coupe (bottom right) and Sprint race car thrown in with the deal. »
€5.25m (£4.52m) fineandcountry.com
USA, NEW CANAAN
This historic Philip Johnson two-bedroom house on more than two acres in Connecticut is stunning as it is. But plans are in place for a purchaser to add a Mies Van der Rohe- inspired companion structure with three bedrooms and sky-lit underground garage (above). This futuristic space might just be the American Dream for any car collector...
$7.7m (£5.9m) sothebysrealty.com
What to do when two three-car garages aren’t enough? In this six-bedroom Maryland home you can rest assured that there’s also an underground garage for up to 12 cars below the main house (a hidden “batcave” featuring full mechanicals, air, exhaust systems and tool room). All this and you get the ultimate party room with grilling lanai, heated pool/spa and waterfalls. Start your engines...
$7.95m (£6.11m) christiesrealestate.com