Just for toys

Just for toys

The Caves will be on land zoned as non-residential.

“You can’t live in them, and you can’t sell anything out of them,” Ringland said. “But you can lay down and take a nap, fine. Who’s going to say anything? Nobody cares. But you can’t set up your residence there.

“One of the things we’ve done to be neighborhood-friendly, is we’ve gone to a neighborhood-friendly design. We’re putting in sidewalks. We’re putting in landscaping. We’re re-engineering the entire block. I want people to be happy with how it looks. We always design for women. If women feel comfortable and safe in our facilities, then the men will follow. I want people to feel very comfortable and safe with nice colors and a great design. It will be a nice facility.”

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Cloutier, an avid Boston Red Sox fan from Maine and owner of an extensive autographed baseball collection, would have had plenty of decorative material for what could have been his upstairs loft. But the key for Cloutier would have been storing his cars there.

Cloutier owns a 1967 Camaro FX convertible, one he built himself. He also owns a 2009 GT 500 Mustang Shelby Cobra, one that has been supercharged. And he bought a 2016 Dodge Challenger, one he made into a convertible.

But Cloutier said the Caves could appeal to more than car collectors.

“I do woodworking,” he said. “Someone called me and asked if they could set up their woodworking shop. You can. Everything is customizable.”

Tore Workinn, a Cape Coral snowbird from Mestervik, Norway, invested in one of the Caves.

“The Cave is a good idea because cars and motorcycles are a hobby and lifestyle for me,” Workinn said in an email. “I own a couple of classic cars, hot rods, and a chopper. I need a bigger space for storing, building and the maintenance of these. It would also be a good place to store a boat when I’m not in Cape Coral.
“I’m hoping it will be a possibility for me to meet and hang out with guys who have the same interest as me.”

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The Caves of Cape Coral
What: “Man caves” for the storage of cars, an RV, boat, etc.

Where: 4335 SW 9th Place, off Skyline Boulevard in Cape Coral
Size: 1250-1480 square feet
Price range: $188,000-$223,000 or $178,800-$204,850 without the loft.

Contact: Kevin Cloutier, Commercial & Residential Realtor, Priceless Realty, 1425 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33990, 239-246-6639 cell