The One With the Man Cave — a Very Serious Man Cave

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man caveIf you watch enough House Hunters on HGTV you can create a drinking game of it — take a shot every time someone says man cave. Chug a beer when someone says they hate the paint color. One kegstand when the couple announces they each want a style of house that is not at all compatible with the other, like a Victorian Brutalist with an open concept kitchen that is hidden from the great room and has vintage post-war appliances. Civil War.

Sorry, I got sidetracked there.

Anyway, the man cave is mentioned at least every other episode. In fact, there was one episode where the guy mentioned the man cave every two minutes. The fact that the Realtor didn’t shove him in an actual cave speaks volumes for the patience and professionalism of the craft of real estate sales.

I bring this up because a reader sent me a listing for this week that has a man cave. I mean it, we can’t call it a bonus room, or flex space, or a home theater, or any other euphemism. It is what it is, and what it is is a man cave.

Let me show you this California contemporary in priced at just north of $1 million. It’s two stories of Funtown on a quiet cul-de-sac, with four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,278 square feet.

It has tons of light thanks to windows (except when it doesn’t), and tall ceilings (except when it doesn’t), and a fireplace in the living and dining rooms, and the outside has a flippin’ koi pond, greenhouse, gardens, pool, and a spa.

But let’s look at some pictures, and see if you can pick out what earned this home a spot in the Wednesday WTF pantheon, shall we?

So far, so good …

Still not horrible …

Yep. There you go. Your man cave — literally. Seeing this let me break out everything I learned about caves in grade school — stalagmites grow mighty from the ground, and stalactites grow tight from the ceiling.

I have so many questions. What are they made of? What if you’re tall, are you going to die trying to get to the beer fridge? Is the owner selling because of the concussions? I also like how the agent list stone cold slid this photo in like he/she is Twitter Barry White sliding into someone’s DMs, no explanation, no warning, just BAM! cave pic.

Want to see more pictures? Head over here, if you must. Do you have questions? I don’t have answers, but sound off in the comments anyway. And remember, if you want to inflict the WTF on your friends, sharing is caring.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. mmCandy Evans says

    You know it could be really great insulation, I wonder if they made it with Great Stuff? That is a product I banned from crossing our threshold year ago — dangerous, permanent, yellows with age, just awful!

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