Anyone who’s rented a storage unit knows how quickly the costs can add up. Chris Carllson of Garage Condos Oklahoma has a better solution—storage space that’s owned, not leased. Located in south Edmond, Garage Condos features climate-controlled luxury storage units that are perfect for business and personal use.
Owners can’t actually live in their units, but they can do just about anything else. “A lot of people store classic cars and RVs,” says Carllson. “One of our owners is a musician who uses his unit for practice space. They make great man caves, too.”
When owners don’t need the storage space anymore, they can sell it. As with any other investment, the profits from the sale are theirs to keep.
Like many successful businesses, Garage Condos grew out of a personal need. Carllson’s family was paying over $1,000 in monthly rent to store an RV. Owned storage space seemed like a much better idea, but that kind of space didn’t exist in Oklahoma. So Carllson decided to create it himself.
Carllson has always had a passion for innovation. Before founding Garage Condos, he worked in the up-and-coming field of robotic surgery. He grew up in a household of entrepreneurs—his parents owned a business and his grandmother ran the Denton’s clothing store in downtown Edmond. So starting his own business was a natural fit. Garage Condos launched in 2017. It has units in two buildings for sale right now, with a third building opening soon. When finished, the complex will have six buildings and 85 units.
Like any condominium, Garage Condos offers some great amenities and a sense of community. There’s a luxurious owner’s clubhouse complete with a restroom, shower, conference room, and kitchen space to support catered events. An active HOA encourages interaction among owners. The property is gated, with 24/7 surveillance—and for good measure, it’s also right around the corner from the Edmond Police Department’s south office. “That’s one of the reasons I picked this location,” says Carllson. Owners can also install security devices to monitor the inside of their units.
Condos come in a variety of sizes and can be customized to meet each owner’s needs. They’re surprisingly affordable, with monthly payments that are often equal to what owners were paying in rent.
“Less than one percent of storage facilities in the U.S. are ownership driven,” says Carllson. “It’s a brand new type of real estate.” Garage Condos is proud to be the first to bring owned storage to Oklahoma.
Visit Garage Condos located at
3200 Technology Drive in Edmond,
or online at garagecondosofok.com