A co-worker brought a new concept to my attention today. It’s a luxury condo that is planned to be built in Charlotte, North Carolina that includes an elevator where residents can drive their car literally right into their unit. The web site boasts that residents can park 2 to 4 cars in their unit so that they can “unload groceries right into your kitchen. Load up for a trip without any hassle. Avoid carts and dollies and the long walk from a typical parking garage”.
The units range from 3,000 square feet to 6,300 square feet with the 6300 square foot units taking up the entire floor. The 6300 square feet is the living space, and doesn’t include the 700 square foot, 4-car garage. The prices range from 1.7 million for the 3,000 square foot unit to $5 million for the 6300 square feet units. When designing the elevator capacity, they used a fully loaded H2 Hummer, so the elevator will support a 8,600lbs Hummer H2.
Here are some quotes about the car elevator system:
- “The car elevator system provides the ultimate in privacy. If you so desire, you can live at Encore and never come across your neighbors. Just right drive into your home.”
- A BMW dealer on the 95th floor of the world’s tallest building in Shanghai, China, uses this same elevator system”
- “Travel time via elevator from the 1st to the 20th floor is less than one minute”
To me, this project symbolizes everything that is wrong with America. I don’t even know where to begin with this one. There are projects happening all over the world that encourage people to make more out of less and not live beyond their means and to reduce their ecological footprint. You see this happening in New York City, Germany, Japan, China, the UK, etc. But down in Carolina they’re encouraging people to a) be anti-social b) be lazy c) Own 4 SUVs d) Have more space then you’ll ever know what to do with.
Only in America would you ever see a condo floor plan that includes parking for 4 cars; it’s actually quite hysterical to me. The next idea will be a mobile bed where people won’t even have to get out of the bed. The bed will whisk them away to their work, then it will make a stop at Wal Mart, then to McDonalds before returning home. You wouldn’t even have to stand up!
Now that’s what I call the American dream!