Florida developer introduces garage condo concept to RV resorts

HOMOSASSA, Fla. – Florida’s higher-end RV resorts have just about everything a full-time RV enthusiast could desire. What they don’t typically have, however, are garages where active retirees can pursue their hobbies or store their RVs, boats and other adult toys.

But developer Jim Eyster plans to fill that void by selling “condo garages” to RV enthusiasts who purchase sites at Chassa Oaks RV Resort in Homosassa.

The resort, Eyster’s second RV resort after developing Nature Coast Landings in Crystal River, features 10- by 35-foot concrete pads, 6- by 16-foot patios, a large clubhouse with a covered lanai and heated and screened swimming pool, a meeting hall, kitchen facilities, a workout room and library. But offering garage condos on the lot next door to the resort will complete the product offering, he said.

“I think we’ve found the right niche,” Eyster said.

Tom Weldon of Albuquerque, N.M. couldn’t agree more.

“It’s perfect for me,” said Weldon, who recently purchased a garage condo to accompany his RV site.

A retired government employee, Weldon said he builds canoes for a hobby and needs a place for his woodshop. “I’m not one to sit around the pool or be sitting by my RV,” he said. “But the garage condos are perfect for people who want to stay active.”

Greg Smith has a similar perspective. He and his wife, Sandy, also purchased a garage condo to accompany her site at Chassa Oaks. “We’re in our early 50s and we’re not slowing down,” Greg Smith said, adding that he needs a place to work on his motorcycles and to build a car.

“We’re going full-time (RVing), and the garage condo gives me a workshop as well as a place to store some of our more personal items we don’t want to part with,” he said.

Chassa Oaks currently has 39 RV sites, about half of which have already been sold. Eyster said he plans to start building the second phase of the resort early next year. The park will eventually have 150 sites.

For more information, call Eyster at 352.212.7245 and visit www.chassaoaks.com.

SOURCE: Chassa Oaks RV Resort press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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