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One thing I absolutely abhor about apartment living is the long walk from my car to my apartment door. CarLoft is my solution. Imagine an entire apartment complex built around the concept of parking your car on your balcony and you have the basic idea.

A “CarLift” elevator takes you and your auto for a ride up to the penthouse (or less expensive lofts on lower floors) where you pull forward into the “CarLoggia”. A glass wall separates your elevated garage from your living quarters yet still allows for friends and family to appreciate your wheels.

Plans are underway to have CarLoft living spaces built in such European cities as Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg, among others. The lofts, which range in size from 2,411 sq ft to 5,802 sq ft, start at EUR 450,600 ($536,844 US).

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      • 9 Years Ago
      That's an innovative way to solve nightmare parking problems. I guess the drawback is you have to have a really cool car and keep it clean, like, all the time...
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is absoloutly brilliant
      • 9 Years Ago
      Love it, that might make me move back to the city!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Already doing this in Philadelphia, new condo will allow you to park on your floor.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Heck, it's great idea!

      You take your new girlfriend out for a ride and say I've got this great view to show you. Up you go, a private little makeout area and no drive back to the apartment.

      • 8 Years Ago
      If you love your car, it should not park in the balcony, it should park in your bedroom :-)

      • 9 Years Ago
      #5 Cowboy Bob: Then hopefully social Darwinism takes over, and also hopefully the car doesn't hit anyone else on its way down.

      This seems like it's probably less efficient than having levels of the building dedicated to parking, but it's probably also safer than having to go to the dim dingy parking garage to get to your car, as well. You can sell at least a few copies of almost anything, I guess.
      • 9 Years Ago
      this is the stupidest idea i've ever seen. putting one of these in a dense european city.. with a max of like.. 10 people living in one complex.. and imagine, the 10th guy moving in or moving out.. going back up and down and up and down on the car lift.. and people living 9 lofts below him are trying to go home and are stuck in traffic.. that the stupid system has created. yea that's frickin smart. let's create more traffic - in a busy dense city - on the street - to park cars in our lofts.. 10+ stories high.
      • 9 Years Ago
      As a guy that's always wanted a living room big enough to park his Ducati in there for the winter, I love it!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah... that's pretty cool.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a smart move for the property owner. Every tennant in the building has to pay rent on their parking space and like it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What happens when you jump into your wheels after a few "pops", and forget you parked on the 22nd floor?