IF YOU’RE on the lookout for a new home, it might be worth expanding your search. Got a karting addiction as well? Walk this way.
Located in Northern Ireland, this property currently on the market ditches manicured lawns for beautiful bitumen in the form of a private karting track.
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A lap of the circuit measures in at just under a kilometre (980 metres to be specific), and is about the ultimate backyard accessory. Who needs water features when you can race your buddies any time?
In total, the property sits on approximately 28 acres, and boasts other features in addition to the kart track such as an indoor swimming pool, gym, cinema, and a helicopter landing pad. We’re not sure who needs all that when you have your very own kart circuit, not to mention race control offices and accompanying workshops and garages.
The real-estate agent in Mid Ulster, Stanley Best, is currently advertising the property online, calling for ‘offers around £2,250,000’. At current exchange rates, that equates to roughly A$4.1 million.
Should you be wondering what sort of person they’re targeting, the listing states: “the residence offers easy commuting via road or air.” The final part of that sentence should give you a clue.
While the Irish property is properly cool, it has some tough competition in the Southern Hemisphere thanks to Tony Quinn.
The former pet food and chocolate mogul has a penchant for fast cars, owns two race tracks and loves to spend his spare time racing GT3 cars.
Quinn has a personal apartment at his Highlands Motorsport Park complex near Queenstown, on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s located directly atop the race control building on the pit straight, and features a hot-tub overlooking the 4.1-kilometre circuit.
Shopping at the more affordable end of the scale? Enter another New Zealander, Takesi Teruya, who built a 130-metre drift track around his Hamilton home.
Regardless of which is your personal favourite, these house owners are all living their best life.