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No Place Like Home: ‘Man Caves’ offer new type of real estate in Havasu

October 20, 2018 GMT

Three new unique storage units at Island Storage and Marine will allow tenants to sleep, eat and hang out in the same building where they store their boat or vehicle.

The owners of Island Storage and the Islander RV Resort hosted an open house on Friday to showcase one of their three new “Ultimate Man Caves.” In the unit, Rick Holloway displayed four custom cars, a powerboat and a water car, an off-roading vehicle that also runs on water. The approximately 5,000-square-foot units can be divided into two separate rooms with a glass sliding door, separating an empty garage from one with a kitchenette, a master bedroom, master bathroom, and a guest bathroom.

“I don’t know that there are any others like this that actually allow the living area and the man cave design all in one,” said Ann Quiggle, co-owner of Island Storage and the Islander Resort.

Above the main garage floor is a mezzanine, an intermediate, balcony-like area above the bedroom that overlooks the front half of the garage. Holloway furnished his mezzanine, with a wood-carved pool table, a shuffleboard and a table with a wood-carved chess board in it, along with chairs and bar stools to match.

Near the red and gray kitchenette countertops sat a red and black sectional facing a large screen TV with the boat and water car on display near the entrance of the unit.

“In Lake Havasu I think people have a lot of toys,” Quiggle said. “And they like to have space to store their toys, display them.”

Tenants of the man caves will have access to all the amenities provided in the Islander RV Resort, including the private boat launch ramp and the pool.

“Man cave is where people can go that’s away from home and kind of just enjoy their toys,” Quiggle said.

Wilma Geiger and Judy Roe said the concept is a great concept for car enthusiasts after touring the unit. Geiger said she would consider renting one of their units if she had the money for it.

“It was overwhelming,” Geiger said of the place.

The open house was planned in conjunction with Relics and Rods Run to the Sun car show which is in town through Sunday. In the garage only area of the unit, Holloway parked a 2016 Dodge Hellcat, 2017 Ford Mustang, a 2018 Chevy Camaro and a 2016 Dodge Hemi, all of which he owns.

“When you consider how much money he’s got in here,” Roe said. “I mean, it’s pretty amazing.”

Bart Wagner, general manager of Island Storage and Islander, said the goal is to lease the man caves five years at a time. Two of the three are already rented, he said. Wagner declined to provide a price to lease the unit, saying those interested should call him at the Islander Storage and Marine.

The owners will also open the Boathouse Grill in March with a wide variety of American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once the restaurant opens, it will add about 30 jobs to the area, Quiggle said.