Car Collectors: Get Revved Up for Ultimate Garages (Cars, Too!)
Some collections are displayed behind glass, some are perched on shelves and others, like the famed Milton Robson car collection, is displayed in a massive, 40,000-square-foot climate-controlled garage that Robson designed himself, said agent Leighann Russell of Funari Realty.
And if the sight of 1950s classic and muscle-style cars aren’t enough nostalgia, the collection’s setting certainly will. Robson’s garage features a 1950′s-style Chevrolet and Pontiac dealership facade as well as a vintage setting of a Mobil gas station. There’s also a barber shop and poodle skirt-worthy soda shop, plus a movie theater with faux ticket booth and theater marquee. And if an ice cream soda float isn’t your style, Robson also has a full,1900s-style San Francisco saloon installed in the loft above the garage. In the front of the barn, a front office displays Audie Murphy‘s saddle.
While the garage itself is impressive, Robson’s car collection is even more so. A self-made millionaire, Robson started Milton’s Institutional Foods, Inc., out of high school and began collecting and restoring vehicles at age 25. In 1995, he sold his company to Performance Food Group, and devoted himself full-time to his 55-car collection, which houses some of the “rarest and best” muscle cars.
After 55 years in Gainesville, GA, Milton is selling his 13,00-sq ft home and is moving to Florida. He has auctioned some of his prime vehicles, including a 1960 Chrysler 300 that went for over $400,000 in the first hour of the auction.
Located on 435 acres, Robson’s home is listed for $22 million on the Gainesville real estate market. Built in 1988, the 4-bedroom, 5.5-bath home is a European-style design with a stone exterior. Hardwood floors are featured throughout, a gourmet “European” kitchen. The property is still a working horse ranch, explained Russell, and there are barns and outbuildings in addition to Robson’s garage.
While Robson’s home sets a high bar for car collectors, we found plenty of other luxury spaces for cars. And, if you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, here’s a unique, but expensive idea: all of these homes are for sale!
7906 Goodman Dr NW Gig Harbor, WA (below)
For Sale: $4,320,000
The spacious black and white tiled garage is just the cherry on top of this Gig Harbor home for sale. Situated on the Puget Sound, this 8,270-square-foot home boasts deluxe amenities like marble slab counter-tops in the kitchen and master bath, sauna, and enormous wine cellar with separate tasting room. See more photos.
5000 Royal St Park City, UT (below)
For Sale: $42,800,000
This enormous log home not only has garage space for 28 vehicles, but sits on 40-plus acres of prime skiing space that can be subdivided and developed into 16 possible ski lots. The 12-bedroom home has two bunk bedrooms (that can fit 20 of your closest friends) as well as 15 bathrooms, an indoor pool, library and children’s playrooms. At $42 million this home is the most expensive on the Park City real estate market, but it’s come down from it’s original listing price of $55 million. See more photos.
5636 E Mockingbird Ln Paradise Valley, AZ (below)
For Sale: $17,995,000
The garage of this home isn’t meant for storing boxes or holiday decorations. This “sumptuous 5-acre” piece of Paradise Valley real estate has a 21-car garage as well as “$400,000 show garage” for displaying collector vehicles. The rest of the house has high-end features like Italian marble, mahogany cabinetry, onyx slab flooring, wine and piano room, two pools, billiard room and solar power-generating system.
42250 Granado Pl Temecula, CA (below)
For Sale: $3,995,000Not only can you show off your collector car on the winding drive leading to the home, but this piece of Temecula real estate also has room enough for 40 of your most prized vehicles in a 6,500-square-foot garage complete with separate office, living and work space. The 4-bedroom, 5-bath home contains 7,355 square feet and includes a full office, “magnificent entry,” and large connected kitchen and family great room. See more photos.
420 Canterbury Lk Milton, GA (below)
For Sale: $1,150,000
Situated on 2.5 acres of manicured grounds, this piece of Georgia real estate has a heated and cooled 18-car garage complete with wash bay and doors on three sides. Besides a great space for car enthusiasts, the property also includes a salt water pool, tennis court. wine cellar and lake views. See more photos.
4135 W Hood Ave Burbank, CA (below)
For Sale: $1,590,000
This custom-built Mediterranean home on the Burbank real estate market has three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a six-car garage. While the interior of the home is impressive with hardwood floors, balconies, French windows and master suite Jacuzzi, the garage includes high ceilings, a car lift, hose lines and an elevator from the garage to the main home for easy access.The work benches, built-in cabinets and additional outlets are also included on the car property. See more photos.