Man caves kicking goals on Melbourne spring market amid footy finals

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Michael Bacash, his wife Rosie and their kids Jonathan, 3, and Suzie, 1, inside the man cave at their Westmeadows home, which is for sale. Picture Jay Town

With footy finals in full swing and the spring carnival around the corner, the man cave is proving to be a winning feature on the Melbourne market.

Property experts say having an extra living space can add a $100,000 premium to a median-priced house, with man caves often “welcome bonuses” for buyers.

Blokes searching for a home-ground sanctuary have plenty of pads to choose from on the Melbourne market.

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Beer is celebrated at this man cave on the market at 39 Ivanhoe Ave, St Albans.

Buyers can drink up a 39 Ivanhoe Ave, St Albans house with a man cave paying homage to beer at auction on Saturday, September 21, for $560,000-$590,000.

Kiss posters, an illuminated KFC sign and aircraft hanging from the ceiling decorate a shed-turned-blokes’ haven at a Montrose property at 384 Cambridge Rd, up for grabs for $850,000-$935,000.

A man cave kitted out with a Jim Beam-branded pool table, arcade games, old-school petrol pumps, a bar and sports memorabilia is part of the $1.1 million package for sale at 1 Crystal Court, Drouin.

The man cave at 384 Cambridge Rd, Montrose.

This room is part of the $1.1 million package for sale at 1 Crystal Court, Drouin.

And Michael Bacash is hoping his refuge featuring a bar, kitchenette, mounted TV, pool table and Nandos memorabilia will help entice a buyer to his Westmeadows home when it’s auctioned on October 5 for $670,000-$710,000.

Mr Bacash said the space had been ideal for parties, and for him and wife Rosie to watch the footy, as it was on a separate floor from the rest of the house at 40 Westfield Blvd.

A vehicle-themed man cave for sale at 19 Hertford Rd, Doncaster East.

There’s plenty to look at inside this man cave at 162 Arthurs Lane, Mt Mercer.

YPA Gladstone Park agent Sam Scicluna said homebuyers often had entertainment spaces in the front of their minds during AFL footy finals.

“It’s every bloke’s dream to host the Grand Final in their own man cave,” he said.

“(The same goes) for English Premier League matches, and the Superbowl.”

Mr Scicluna said the feature was rare in his patch in Melbourne’s middle north, featuring in just “10 of the past 200 properties” he’d sold, and it accordingly attracted a premium.

Advantage Property Consulting director Frank Valentic said an additional living room could boost the value of an $800,000 house by about $100,000, and that of a $2 million house by as much as $200,000.

28 Camms Rd, Cranbourne — featuring this awesome man cave — recently sold for $445,000.

The sleek man cave of 6a Raglan St, Miners Rest, which sold for $900,000.

Mr Valentic said transforming a space that was rarely used, like a shed or attic, into a man cave was “a great way to add value” to a home.

When it came to selling up, bars, TVs, fireplaces, soundproofing and plenty of storage were winning features with buyers.

The buyer’s advocate also advised making man caves as multifunctional as possible by ensuring they could double as games rooms or teen retreats, and also toning them down for the market.

“Keep it neutral and not packed with your favourite footy team,” he said.

“You might love Geelong or Collingwood, but if you’re reselling, pull down any memorabilia.”

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