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Monday, September 14, 2015

Garage Turntables Make Parking Easy, Show Off Your Ride

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“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Mark Twain said that when there was a heck of a lot more real estate to go around. Today, in some of our nation’s most desirable and congested cities, every little bit of usable square inch counts, and it has resulted in incredible garage turntables.
 
The concept of the originated in the dealer showroom, but according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, wealthy homeowners form California to New York are employing this setup. It makes the most of space on their property, but it can put on a show in the process.


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Among the small group of companies cashing in on this trend is Carousel USA, based out of Irwindale, CA. An hour away (with no traffic) is Malibu, where beachfront property is wedged between the busy Pacific Coast Highway and the sea. The concept of pulling on to a massive turntable to point you back out seems much more attractive than attempting a three-point turn in those tight quarters.
 
 With installation prices estimated at around $30,000 to $40,000, such parking conveniences will not come cheap. Check out how the wealthy park their cars in some of these turntable-equipped homes:
 
 


And it’s not just for the West Coast. Jared Della Valle is an architect and developer, and has installed turntables in garages for four separate luxury properties in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. What’s more, they are operated via key fob, with the same ease as remotely unlocking the doors on your Ferrari 488 GTB. Maximum vehicle weight for these turntables ranges from 4,000 lbs to 6,000 lbs, depending on model sold, so you could pull up in something with a little more heft than the Ferrari.

If you were wondering if this trend was more logistical solution or gaudy pedestal of vanity, Michael Bay owns one. It displays the “Bumblebee” Chevrolet Camaro from “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” in a lavish man-cave, that also features a large LED screen and bar.