Inside the Growing World of Car Condos

Blending luxury living with high-powered autos

M1 Concourse
Michigan's M1 Concourse is one of a growing number of communities blending bold design and all things automotive.
M1 Concourse
By Tobias Carroll / August 30, 2019 11:50 am

Let’s say you’re looking for a high-end residence. Let’s say you’re also an intense fan of high-powered cars and auto racing. Odds are good that you’d need to make a choice between the two: surely there aren’t places to live in luxury while also dwelling in close proximity to the crème de la crème of sports cars and auto racing, right? 

As it turns out, you can have it all. A growing number of luxury developments are blending immaculately-designed living spaces with access to everything a car aficionado might dream of.

At The Wall Street Journal, A.J. Baime explored one such space: M1 Concourse, located in Pontiac, Michigan. It was designed with car people in mind, the article reports:

The development has everything needed to draw in a highly specific clientele—car nuts. The winding track measures 1.5-miles long. There is a private motor sports club, and 173 car condos built and sold thus far.

As the article notes, M1 Concourse is one of several developments operating along similar lines. Baime listed several others located across the country: “Iron Gate Motor Condos in Naperville, Ill., outside Chicago, and Trove, outside Vancouver. There’s CollectionSuites outside Miami, and Monterey Motorsport Park in Monterey, Calif.”

This dovetails nicely with a similar trend: mansions built with test tracks around them. The Thermal Club, located in Thermal, California, features “four racing circuits wind around a ‘motor sports village’ complete with a clubhouse/restaurant.” 

If you’ve got money to burn and enjoy the smell of burning rubber, it’s not hard to see the appeal of such a living space. Why not be in close proximity to something you love?

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