Luxury Outlook 2023
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
With models that can retail for millions of dollars, the world’s leading car manufacturers definitively rank among the most iconic luxury brands. Ferrari, Pagani, McLaren, Aston Martin—the creations of legendary carmakers like these, in many cases, far surpass both the prestige and the price point of other luxury labels.
Perhaps it therefore goes without saying that a spectacular vehicle—or a spectacular fleet of vehicles—deserves to be housed in a comparably remarkable home. These four stellar properties give a vivid glimpse into such spaces, with garages as luxe as the cars they were designed to safeguard.
Some garages were meant not just for a Rolls-Royce, but for actual royalty. That holds true for this stately modern chateau, which graces the banks of the Potomac River and was once owned by Jordanian sovereigns. Subsequent owners have acquired the surrounding parcels of land so that the property now commands 15 acres—and part of that is a separate gatehouse, staff house, and of course, the garage.
Opening onto a beautifully cobbled motor court, the garage’s six double-sized doors lead to a spacious, light-filled interior with gleaming tile floors, a spiral staircase that ascends to a suite of gorgeous guest apartments, and several parking spaces. It’s just one of the unique amenities found across this unparalleled property, but it’s certainly one of the most memorable.
Luxury vehicles may be prized possessions worth a small fortune—for instance, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire sports a price tag of $18 million—yet for true aficionados, automobiles were made to be driven, not merely admired.
That’s why it’s impossible to imagine a home more fit for a car collector than this mountaintop estate in Colorado. As if the breathtaking drives along the local slopes and summits weren’t enough, the home comes complete with an entire car facility spanning some 27,000 square feet. And that’s to say nothing of the property’s expansive interiors, including bedrooms for six and impressive amenities that include a mural-painted pool paradise.
Not all properties need to have generous acreages to accommodate world-class garages. This fabulous Philadelphia penthouse is a perfect example. Located in the preeminent Society Hill neighborhood, whoever is lucky enough to own this condo has access to four subterranean parking spaces in a futuristic, fully automated facility that delivers cars to street level at the touch of a button.
And even though it may not have the sprawling lawns and gardens of a mansion, the luxuries this home affords are second to none. Not only does it have a private express elevator and exclusive access to 2,500 square feet of outdoor living space—with awe-inspiring panoramas of the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge, and Independence Hall—but residents enjoy a dedicated fitness center, spa, and lap pool all towering above the historic center of the city.
When listing luxury car brands, most of the names belong to European manufacturers—from Porsche in Germany to Koenigsegg in Sweden to Lamborghini in Italy—so it’s no surprise that Europe remains a dominant player in the luxury car market. Naturally, it also boasts homes built for those who prize invaluable vehicles.
There are standouts even among these elite homes—such as this majestic villa in Marbella that was crowned the best among its peers by the king and queen of Spain in 2022. Its 50-car garage is just one component of a deliriously deluxe basement that includes a cinema, beauty salon, Turkish bath, heated wave pool, bowling alley, and more. There are also two wine cellars—why store reds and whites together?—along with a designated tasting area, as well as private accommodations for the house’s staff. And that’s just the lower level.
Luxurious homes never cease to amaze; luxury cars continuously impress. And those incredible properties that feature fantastic garages bring these two prizes together to provide a truly inimitable lifestyle.
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