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Napa Man Cave Story Reaches Back into Pre-History…

8-23-man caveWithout risking a theological debate, it’s clear that something Darwinian is taking place when it comes to some recent developments in Napa home refurbishment.

We’re talking about today’s Napa man caves.

As one Fort Myers, Florida newspaper writer put it last week (without the slightest hint of irony), “the concept of the man cave is evolving.”

Today’s Napa man cave has progressed far beyond the original prehistoric versions—which were little more than saber-tooth tiger-proof grottos. Millennia passed before they developed into the 20th century versions, which were actually indistinguishable from garages. They usually had greasy tool benches, half-empty cans of paint, and dusty jam jars filled with nails and screws that the man-inhabitant couldn’t bear to throw out (even though they were destined to spend eternity in those jars). The luxury versions of these early man caves might have been adorned with splintered skis and some out-of-state license plates nailed to the walls—but that would have been the extent of the décor.

Merriam Webster defines these early man caves as “places women hated to go into.” (All right, maybe MW didn’t actually print that entry, but that was the defining feature in the 50s). Boy have things changed since then! Today’s modern woman isn’t deterred by the modern man cave, which is no longer dominated by tool benches and paint cans. Those are still in the garage, but the man cave has moved into the house.
Today’s modern woman doesn’t even call Napa's man caves ‘man caves’ at all. She calls them ‘family rooms’ or ‘TV rooms’ or, in extreme circumstances, ‘sewing rooms.’ Today’s modern woman got rid of the jam jars long ago.

The Fort Myers newspaper article had a terrifically evocative headline: “Modern Man Caves Focus on Solace, Sports and Luxury.” It’s the truth: today’s man caves can have so many gadgets and goodies, women and children frequently elbow the men out of the way. When that happens, the intended ‘solace’ is elbowed out, too. As the article put it, “…they are so cool, everyone wants to use them—kids, wives, in-laws, buddies…”

There may be no way to prevent that, because whole Design Groups are coming into being to maximize the appeal of the man cave. In one of them, the Weber Design Group came up with a “built-in wet bar and zero-corner glass sliders combined with gender-neutral furnishings…” Gender neutrality aside, it is almost universally agreed that a proper Napa man cave must have a massive television screen (the “no tv, no man cave” principal). Without the screen, the man cave becomes “a living room” —and a throwback living room, at that.

If you are thinking of selling your Napa home (but it doesn’t have a proper man cave), being that the man caves of today are such expressions of individual imaginations and taste, it’s probably wise to leave that feature undeveloped. Let the new owners decide how to design their own. Just give me a call—and then after we’ve made the sale (and found you your new Napa home), you’ll will have plenty of fun turning it into your dream man cave. Of course, then you should be prepared to be elbowed out by the kids and the in-laws…


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    1,158 sqft   lot 2,788 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    Listing provided by Jill Alderson, Century 21 M&M and Associates
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    2,117 sqft   lot 6,050 sqft
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    1,032 sqft   lot 7,475 sqft
    Walk Score® 29
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    MLS 21722612
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,076 sqft   lot 5,001 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Robert Triglia, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
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    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,694 sqft   lot 4,626 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    Listing provided by Rhonda Alderman, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21722754
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,404 sqft  
    Walk Score® 46
    Listing provided by Ellen Sabino, BA Golden State Homes
    MLS 21721078
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    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,711 sqft   lot 3,054 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Nicholas Munsee, Select Realty Team
    MLS 21722753
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,929 sqft   lot 7,048 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Susan Coleman, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21722639
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    3 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,352 sqft   lot 27,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Tom Wredberg, Oceanic Realty
    MLS 21721827
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,466 sqft   lot 1.50 ac
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Jonny Sanchez, RE/MAX PROs
    MLS 21721063
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    2,513 sqft   lot 36,900 sqft
    Walk Score® 36
    Listing provided by Lenora Kauth, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21722748
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,841 sqft   lot 5,153 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by Connie Johnson, Heritage Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21722747
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    1,374 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
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    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,073 sqft   lot 33,106 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Sharon Burningham, Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties
    MLS 21722740
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    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,545 sqft   lot 4,278 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by Jay Belmont, W Real Estate
    MLS 21706634
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    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,410 sqft   lot 4,021 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by Jay Belmont, W Real Estate
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    1,880 sqft   lot 3.66 ac
    Walk Score® 0
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    1,900 sqft   lot 13,504 sqft
    Walk Score® 41
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    1,290 sqft   lot 1,816 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
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    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,720 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    Listing provided by Tess Downey, RE/MAX Gold Elite
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    1,126 sqft   lot 1,124 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
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  22. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,480 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
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    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,158 sqft   lot 2,862 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    Listing provided by Ninoroy Machado, All City Homes
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    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,741 sqft   lot 2.15 ac
    Walk Score® 4
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    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,150 sqft   lot 3,049 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Mary Mount, Russian River Realty Co
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    3 beds,  1 full bath
    926 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 52
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    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,441 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
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    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,805 sqft  
    Walk Score® 46
    Listing provided by Paul Clark, Century 21 Fort Bragg Realty
    MLS 21722731
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    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,562 sqft   lot 6,403 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
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    MLS 21722717
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    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,918 sqft   lot 12,763 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Cathleen Rojas, RE/MAX Gold-Vallejo
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