Residential real estate lingo evolves with the changing of seasons and is no different from architecture, fashion, wellness, or anything else that owes much of its visibility to popular culture—and that “anything else” is just about everything, as boundaries between them all continue to fade. I haven’t lived in the US for much of the last couple years, so maybe I’m behind the times, but this is the first time I’ve seen a homeowner this up-front about a feature of his house:
I’m usually not gender-specific, but I think it’s safer than ever to assume that some XY chromosomes can claim this home. Seeing “man cave” promoted as such instead of what I’d expect (“home entertainment center”), gives the sign a sort wink-nudge character, from one guy to another. The fact that the sign is printed and not homemade suggests that it comes from a stock supply, meaning “man cave” has officially crossed into mainstream territory. As for the home itself?
A tidy little 1,000 square footer from probably around 1960, from the south side of Indianapolis. My biggest question, of course, would be how much of the man cave can legitimately come “with the house” as the sign claims; after all, when stripped down to the cabinetry, carpets and wall outlets, how many can the place be? To which Jason Segel (or the like) would probably retort, “Once a man cave, always a man cave.”