Andrew and Mary Courtade’s home in Cape Coral has a 17,000 square foot lot as well as a huge RV garage. (Photo: Home Legacy Realty)
Andrew and Mary Courtade’s home in Cape Coral is unusual for that area, but the house might soon set a trend now that RV’s are becoming more and more popular during the pandemic.
“I have been talking to some RV people and they are so busy they can’t keep the RVs in stock,” Andrew Courtade said. “It is the perfect timing for it.”
When Courtade built his home in 2016 he had a 37 foot RV. But he wanted his RV garage to be a lot bigger.
“I did a lot of research before I built the house,” he explained. “I wanted it valuable for resale. Being 60 feet you have plenty of room to put a bigger one in there.”
The 1,200 square foot RV garage at his home is 60 feet long and 20 feet wide. It has 17 foot ceilings and 14 foot garage doors. A garage door on the back end allows Courtade to drive the RV onto a concrete slab in the oversized backyard to wash the RV, use it in the yard or just park it outside for a while. Courtade said the huge garage could have many other uses.
“It could be car garage or for people that want to tinker on cars,” he said. Or they can add a mother in-law-suite. There are lots of different possibilities. We love it.”
Ernie Gonnelly, broker/owner of Home Legacy Realty, said there is a lot of value to having a home with an RV garage.
“If you have an RV stored, you have to call the city to have a permit to put it in the driveway for a few hours or a few days to get it loaded,” Gonnelly explained. “Here he just has it in the garage and can do what it wants. It is great for RVs and toys.”
It was also useful during the pandemic.
“This past winter my sister and brother-in-law got stuck in Florida because of the pandemic so they stayed two months in their motorhome in our garage,” Courtade said.
Gonnelly said that while homes with RV garages are rare in Cape Coral, he sees it becoming more popular in the future.
“As Cape Coral grows, it becomes more diversified,” Gonnelly said.
Gonnelly said an owner could put lifts in and use the garage to store lots of cars.
“He could put a second story on it and have an apartment. That’s how big it is,” Gonnelly said.
The home has three bedrooms and a den and three bathrooms. It is priced at $489,000.
Inside, the home is more typical. It has a great room plan with the kitchen leading to the living room. Sliding glass doors open to a covered lanai. The den is traditional with a dark wood desk and bookshelf. A bright red, Elvis slot machine is the unique focal point of that room. The master bathroom has a waterfall mural above a built in soaking tub. The shower is partially hidden behind the mural wall. The master bedroom is large enough for a king sized bed and is decorated with dark wood furniture.
“What makes it unique is the lot is huge,” Gonnelly said. “It is a 17,000 square foot lot. A normal lot is 10,000 square feet in Cape Coral.”
With its oversized lot and RV garage, Gonnelly said the home is hard to price because there is not a lot to compare it to.
“It is a very challenging thing to price,” he said. “It is an oversized lot. If you searched in Cape Coral and looked for $489,000 home with no pool you don’t find anything, but you have to look at the lot, the home and the mobile home garage.”
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There have been some offers.
“We got a lot of interest in it,” Gonnelly explained. “There is a frenzied market here. We had an offer from a guy that has a very expensive boat from Miami Vice. Another guy had a lot of cars and wanted to put in a lift.”
“The motorhome garage is an upcoming thing,” Courtade added. “This house is very unique. You gotta find that right person. We have interest from people in London and also from Pennsylvania.
Gonnelly said they had six offers on the house in just one week and were planning to sign a contract with one of them.
Courtade said the house was perfect for them when they custom built it, but now times have changed.
“We did some traveling and then we got tired of that and sold the RV about a year ago,” he explained. “We decided to hang up our hats on the travel. It just got too big for us especially with two homes to support.”
The Courtades also have a home in Murphy, North Carolina.
“The one thing I am going to miss when we sell it is that neighborhood,” Courtade said. “You don’t have much traffic. Our last house was on Pelican and we would go through 1,000 pieces a candy an hour on Halloween, and here we didn’t even go through one piece of candy an hour.”
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