In a burgeoning market of vehicle-storage facilities, Eucalyptus at Beaumont, Calif., answers the need with condominiums and resort-inspired amenities. The $10-million property offers 108 condo units priced between $55,000 and $182,000, and provides the extras many owners of luxury vehicles expect.
A due diligence survey of about 1,200 potential customers revealed some surprising things buyers wanted:
- Variety of unit sizes and door widths
- Customizable interiors
- Restrooms and showers
- Dump stations
- Dog run
- Wash bay
- Ice machine
- 60-amp for each unit
- Propane tank
- Wi-Fi availability
- Valet service
But before Southern California’s first-of-its-kind storage facility opened, several challenges had to be overcome.
The Hunt for the Perfect Location
The first real challenge was finding a location. Over a span of three years, 15 different cites rejected the proposed facility plans. Zoning boards argued that vehicle storage wouldn’t bring in residual revenue for the city or enough employment opportunities.
In 2005, I finally found a 4.5 acre parcel in Beaumont, Calif. Architect Miles Folsom, of Folsom Architecture in Anaheim, Calif., and I designed the project and submitted the plans. Beaumont has strict building standards that limit the use of metal buildings. For approval, it was necessary to propose something unique.
In addition, Beaumont zoning officials required a street bordering the project be lowered by 3 feet. The project’s two dump stations needed a tie-in to the city’s sewage main. Trenching for the 250-foot pipe brought the cost of the dump station to nearly $65,000.