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Is This $1.2 Million Entertaining Space ‘The Coolest Man Cave Ever?’

Inside a Florida car condo, which includes a ground floor area that can hold five of the owner’s 20 cars at a time

By LAURA HINE
Sat, Mar 16, 2024 7:00amGrey Clock 2 min

Suzanne Lovell, a Chicago-based designer, had already worked with her clients—who are in their late 50s and work in the boating industry—on a condo in Chicago and a 15,000-square-foot penthouse in Naples, Fla., when the husband called with a special request. “He had just purchased a car condo about 5 miles from their Naples residence,” Lovell says. “And he asked me to design the coolest man cave ever.”

The car condo is in a gated community, but instead of front doors, there are garage doors. The units don’t have bedrooms. Instead, there is generous space for cars and for entertaining—complete with bathrooms and wet bars—making a car condo the perfect place to host a Formula One viewing party. The double unit, which the couple bought in 2021 and would cost about $3 million in today’s market, is about 3,400 square feet. The second-floor entertaining space overlooks the ground floor, which has space for five of the owner’s 20 cars, including a 1957 Porsche Speedster, a 1962 Ferrari 250GT and a 1961 Facel Vega. Along with multiple seating areas, the entertainment floor also has a race simulator and a room for the owner’s custom slot car track. The couple spent about $1.2 million to outfit the space. Cars not included!

Eames Lounge Chairs
After a little research, Lovell discovered Racing & Emotions will customize classic Eames lounge chairs in Ferrari racing red, complete with the owner’s race number. “I was able to pair classic furniture with a classic car collection,” Lovell says. // Price: $US25,000 for both
Mural
Lovell’s client suggested she work with artist Marcus Zotter to create a wall mural in the space. “When I met with Marcus, we talked about making it feel like you’re on a racetrack, in the race,” she says. “That’s what inspired the painting on the walls.” The client chose his favourite cars to be pictured in the mural that covers three of the walls. // Price: $US75,000
Desk
The space includes an area for the owner to work. Lovell outfitted it with a CEO Cube desk designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Poltrona Frau. Says Lovell, “I’ve wanted to do that desk for so long, and to do it in red was fabulous.” // Price: $US35,000


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The lavish Beverly Hills property hit listing sites on Thursday, months after rumours began that the couple, who are reportedly estranged , were shopping the home around only a year after buying it for nearly $61 million.

The roughly 5-acre property—which is in a gated community and spans a massive 38,000 square feet—includes an indoor sports court with an adjacent gym and games room, according to the listing with Santiago Arana of the Agency. The firm declined to comment.

Lopez and Affleck paid $60.8 million for the compound in 2023.
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Listing images of the house show that Lopez and Affleck have spent the past year warming up what were fairly white-washed interiors when they purchased the home. There’s now a rich, green-painted dining room, hardwood floors and carpeted over cold, polished-stone flooring.

The couple, who got married in 2022 after reuniting some 20 years after they called off their engagement in the early 2000s, purchased the megamansion following a house hunt that went on for several months, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

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