What's with Man Caves?

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

 

How often do Realtors advertise that a home has a Man Cave?  Maybe not as often now as in past years! Man caves, like many interior features, are undergoing a transformation! 

Originally, a Man Cave was considered a private oasis for a man and used to hang out with his buddies and display all those collectables, posters and toys that his wife would refer to as “junk.” It was a space to call his own and the sanctuary was a place where he could watch sports, play music, and challenge his friends to a game of pool, play some poker or even a round of shuffleboard.  It made sense since in many homes the wife was in charge of making the decorating decisions - and the Man Cave let the husband express his tastes and style. 

Man Caves were so popular at the turn of the 21st century that it was estimated by Jeff Wilser, co-author of “The Man Cave Book,” that Man Caves were in 40 percent of all U.S. homes.

Realtors started noticing the trend and started talking about basements, offices or extra rooms in the home as a great place to put a Man Cave.  

But something happened a few years ago that changed the way Man Caves would forever be viewed - the family started admiring the Man Cave and wanting to share in the retreat.  No longer were house hunters looking at houses with the Little Rascals’ philosophy of the “He Man Women Haters Club,” but men were actually talking about letting their wives into their private rooms and creating more of a Family Cave.

Today, these rooms are being talked about as being a place where the whole family can hang out, entertain friends and relax. For those who move into a home and want to create an ideal space, starting with gaming tables such as a pool table, air hockey table or pinball machine is a great way to start.

While Man Cave themes used to revolve around sports teams, Star Wars, mobster movies and heavy metal guitarists, now that women are involved more, popular themes are TV shows both husband and wife enjoy together like “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead” or “Dr. Who.” Not that women can’t enjoy the traditional themes as well, it’s just more about sharing and compromising now.

Man Caves or the more politically correct “family caves” are popular as they are a great place in the home for families to socialize, play games, and interact with each other, that no other room can provide. Usually, the better the family cave is set up, the more time your family will spend bonding together.  If you are interested in a home in the DC metro area with a great finished space for family time, give me a call at 240-401-5577 or email me at Lise@lisehowe.com.

Interested in more real estate tips? Feel free to contact me directly at 240-401-5577 or email me at Lise@lisehowe.com!

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Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Around here, man caves are known as "the shop." Guys hang out with their mechanic's or carpenter's tools - and their friends. My husband has a mini kitchen in his, and various people are apt to show up at 5:00 for the "Safety meeting."

Feb 11, 2018 11:22 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Lise- Larry was on a hunting lease with a gentleman who was a big hunter and fisherman. So was his wife! Each had what we called their "I love me" room that housed their photos and trophies. 

Feb 11, 2018 12:20 PM #8
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Carol Williams
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Can you even advertise "man cave" and "she shack" these days?  I'm often confused by the restrictions of Fair Housing guidelines.

Feb 11, 2018 02:29 PM #9
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James Dray
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Morning Lise.

The Man Cave is slowly sinking into obscurity as they are being utilized for the family now.

Feb 12, 2018 01:17 AM #10
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Gita Bantwal
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I enjoyed reading your post and description of man cave. I have seen those.

Feb 15, 2018 03:58 AM #11
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Lise.  Lately, I've been seeing a lot of "She Sheds" popping up around here in listings.

Feb 16, 2018 04:47 AM #12
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Gabe Sanders - I have to laugh at everyone's attempt to be correct in their nomenclature! 

Feb 16, 2018 04:52 AM #13
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Lise Howe
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Gita Bantwal - I think that we all need a space to get away and relax 

Feb 16, 2018 04:52 AM #14
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Lise Howe
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James Dray - I think that is a much better idea - family space - although I do believe that everyone needs somewhere that they can go to be alone

Feb 16, 2018 04:54 AM #15
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Lise Howe
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Carol Williams - this reminds meof the issues surrounding use of "master bedroom" a few years ago - then we started seeing "owner's suite" like it was a timeshare with lockout space

Feb 16, 2018 04:55 AM #16
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Lise Howe
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson -pity the Floridians who don't have basements because of the high water table! 

Feb 16, 2018 04:55 AM #17
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Lise Howe
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Kathy Streib - that would certainly be a good use of a man cave or she cave - I can't imagine shooting animals - and wouldn't want to look at dead animals on a wall. 

Feb 16, 2018 04:57 AM #18
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Lise Howe
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Kathy Streib - no offense to your wonderful husband if he is a hunter - it is just not something I could do 

Feb 16, 2018 04:58 AM #19
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Lise Howe
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William Feela - I had a sewing room in the house I grew up in - a little tiny room but charming  and cozy - I loved it - it was on the third floor 

Feb 16, 2018 05:00 AM #20
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Lise Howe
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Sheila Anderson - we should all just sit down and relax! and not worry about whose space it is! 

Feb 16, 2018 05:01 AM #21
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Lise Howe
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Nina Hollander - I will throw it out as an option - man cave, teen get away, exercise room - just to try to expand someone's imagination

Feb 16, 2018 05:02 AM #22
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Lise Howe
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Grant Schneider - I did some research about man caves - and I thought it was interesting that it was a way for a man to express his personality in one room when the rest of the house was decorated by his wife

Feb 16, 2018 05:03 AM #23
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Lise Howe
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Marte Cliff - that sounds like a lovely use of space - and a great hang out space for friends! 

Feb 16, 2018 05:04 AM #24
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Lise Howe
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - thanks - everyone needs a space of their own - regardless of what they are called! and of course as realtors, we are constantly trying to name spaces! 

Feb 16, 2018 05:05 AM #25
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My wife always pines that she has lived in a "man cave" our entire married life, Lise Howe ... as she was the mother of boys only.   Everyone plays catch, kickball, hockey, bounce basketballs, and take golf and bat swings in their living room, don't they??????  The woman's a saint.  A saint that years for a "She Shed" ...

Gene

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