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Man Caves Are Still a Thing, Now With a 'Sophisticated Twist'

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Guy sanctuary, male retreat, man cave. All of these terms suggest spaces we thought were totally obsolete by now. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the man cave is very much alive, it's just evolved a bit—from leather couch meets big-screen TV, to something with more of a "sophisticated twist." Turns out, modern day renditions of "ultra-luxury manly spaces" can be neatly categorized into four types—the "tech lair," the "haute hobby room," the "gentleman's greenhouse," and the "bookish hideout."

The WSJ kindly takes us inside four of these elaborate "anti-caves." Mike Kobb's "tech lair" modernized the once familial concept of the movie room, and turned it into his $100K retreat, which apparently has better sound quality than any commercial theater Kobb has ever been to. Kobb lives alone.

The "haute hobby room" is designed for men who like to "tinker" with model cars, radios, or other manly objects. Tom Frattinger's version is devoted to his model-trains. Apparently, his wife of 41 years has never shown an interest in his hobby. Aw, poor Tom.

Alan Smith's version of the man space is the "gentleman's greenhouse," where he spends "several hours a day" gardening and looking at plants. Smith also has 17 acres of land.

Lastly, Gideon Mendelson's "man haven," or the "bookish hideout" is an octagonal library. Mendelson usually "ducks into" the library to plan the day's dinner menu for his husband and three children. A room with a "modern country" feel, the ceiling is covered in snakeskin.

Please note, nobody on this list drinks Budweiser. Check out a video of these modern, luxury man spaces via WSJ below.

· Man Caves That Aren't for Cave Men [Wall Street Journal]
· All Man Caves posts [Curbed National]