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As the Rancho Murieta Association board pondered another half-dozen requests for driveway parking variances last month, someone mentioned one person who won't be asking for a variance any time soon -- the guy who's building the house on the South with the 11-car garage.

Is this the king of Rancho Murieta's vintage car collectors or the biggest extended family yet?

And what does a house that can handle 11 cars look like anyway?

As it turns out, Dave Ayres is just doing what a lot of people have done here over the years: He's building his dream house. The garage is just part of the dream.


It took three tries to get the home's design approved, owner Dave Ayres says.

"I never had a garage big enough," Ayres reflected recently as he worked on the house. The multi-story hillside home is a few months from its 20-month deadline for completion.

Ayres, a car collector in the past, admits to having only a couple "toys" these days -- a Lamborghini Diablo and Acura NXS. "I just want the space now," he says.

That doesn't mean he hasn't tested the capacity of the two garage bays. He seems to have developed a new version of the long-ago collegian sport of jamming people into phone booths to set a record. "We stuffed 13 cars (and four golf carts) in here one day," he related.

Record-setting aside, 11 cars can be accommodated comfortably, with three in the bay closest to the street and eight in the bay farther up the steep driveway, according to Ayres. He estimates there is 2,900 square feet of garage space.

To RMA Architectural Manager Mark Parsons, it's not about the number of cars. It's the design that counts, and it took three tries to get that right.

"I was really concerned about building something offensive," Ayres admits. After the RMA Architectural Review Committee turned down his first two designs, it was "a big relief" when he submitted the third design and committee members said, "we\ can't tell you how much we love your new house plan," Ayres recalled.


There are two bays for cars -- one that will hold three and one that will hold eight.

Parsons said the custom home lots on the cul-de-sac where the Ayres house is located are fairly large, but difficult to build. "Each lot you just have to look at differently ... on a case by case basis," he said.

The design changed through the process, and now the setting and the way the house is built "tie together," Parsons said. The garages are cut into the steep slope and form the lower level of the house. Despite their size, they're subordinate to the 3,800 square feet of multi-level living space above. "It just lent itself to do a certain thing.... It just happened to work out with the elevation," Parsons said.

While the Ayres house probably has the most garage space in the community, Parsons said there are other homes with large garages that are similarly tucked away and hard to spot. "You'd have to know it," he said.

The garage bays are outfitted with crown molding, fire sensors, an alarm system and TV hook-ups.

That's nothing compared to the house itself. There the whole point is to have a seamless connection between the indoors and the incomparable golf course lake setting outside "so your eye isn't stopped and you can enjoy the view," Ayres explained. To that end, the marble floors of the family room continue outside to become a patio. On the upper level, a colonnade of windows looks out on a balcony.

Ayres got into real estate investment in Palm Desert and the Sacramento area after he retired in 2001. He specialized in golf course and lakefront homes, and briefly owned a house in the Fairways. His interest became personal when he and his wife Nancy saw the lot on the South the day after it came on the market four years ago. They bought it on the spot.

Although the dramatic features of the house include a curving wrought iron staircase and soaring ceilings, the scale is welcoming, even without furniture.

"I built it for two ... it'll be comfy for us," said Ayres. "I've always wanted to be out here."

Ayres said he'd been coming here since the days when visitors could play golf all day for $20.

Now he tries to play golf every day, but that's gotten harder to do since he began work on the house. He offers that as the reason he says he has gone from being a scratch golfer to having a 1-stroke handicap.

Ayres describes building his dream house as "very challenging" and "an enormous undertaking."

"It's way above anything I thought I could have done," he said. "I can't wait to wake up out here."

Shawna Biava's picture
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Dream home

It looks absolutely gorgeous from the outside! I am sure the inside is to die for... Congrats on the dream house and my husband would KILL for a garage that big.  That is truly a dream come true!

Welcome home!


Shawna Biava


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Dream Home

 I vaguely recall the name Dave Ayres in my 1963 Luther Burbank High School graduating class.  If you're reading this Dave, are you one in the same?

Elayne Sandusky, Rio Circle


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