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Extreme Real Estate: 5 Incredible Garages

BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- "The only difference between men and boys," the old saying goes, "is the price of their toys." But grownups need nice toyboxes as well.

After all, you don't want to stick a $400,000 Ferrari at a parking meter, right?

So, true car enthusiasts often have garages the size of small houses -- complete with bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and more.

"Only people who truly love automobiles will understand why I would invest so much in a garage," says Oregon homeowner Gary Holman, who's selling a $1.8 million estate that includes an elaborate, 6,000-square-foot garage/carriage house.

Holman's carriage house not only has room for a dozen cars, but includes a large woodworking shop and two-bedroom suite.

"It is my place to relax, create and have a martini in hand," he says. "An occasional nap on the couch is also a frequent activity."

Tanya Tonge, Holman's real estate agent, says massive garages are somewhat common in rural Oregon, where lots of folks focus on outdoor activities.

"It's a guy thing," Tonge says. "I know a few fellas that use their garage to store cars, boats, coaches, ATVs -- you name it. The wives/girlfriends just understand that they have a very elaborate man cave."

Here's a look at five of the coolest garages listed for sale on Realtor.com, the National Association of Realtors' official property site:

20-acre estate, Baker City, Ore.
Price: $1.8 million
Listing agent: Tanya Tonge, Cascade Sotheby's International Realty, 541-323-2750

There's a dozen custom cars, a few motorcycles and a restored 1948 Ford 8N tractor in Holman's 3,000-square-foot garage, which also features two plasma-screen TVs, a bathroom/shower, a lounge and car lift.

The garage takes up half of an elaborate carriage house that also includes a 1,500-square-foot woodshop and an upstairs bedroom suite.

The structure is part of a woodland estate some 300 miles southeast of Portland, near the Anthony Lakes Ski Area and four national forests.

The 20-acre spread also hosts a massive log cabin with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large deck and more.

Click here for details.

The Glass Pavilion, Santa Monica, Calif.
Price: $15.9 million
Listing agent: Suzanne Perkins, Sotheby's International Realty, 805-969-9993

Located on 3.5 acres in Santa Monica's tony Montecito district, this 2-year-old modernist house includes an art gallery the owner uses to display his vintage-car collection.

With polished floors, walnut-lined walls, museum-quality lighting and enough space for 32 vehicles, the gallery holds classic cars from Mercedes, Ferrari and other super-premium brands. A huge Mobil "winged-horse" logo adorns the wall, while huge glass windows make the collection visible from the outside.

The Glass Pavilion also features five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a massive wine room -- all surrounded by superclear Star Fire glass, more typically used for jewelry-display cases. Learn more about the house here. (URL = )