A man cave in a New York City building may be your best bet for a place to relax and recharge, but you’ll need to spend a little extra to get the best of both worlds.
That’s because the $300 you pay for the $1,000 price tag might actually be more than you’ll ever use.
A recent report by the American Institute of Architects and the New York Times analyzed more than 30,000 man caves in New York, finding that many, if not most, don’t even have enough room to comfortably house a single occupant.
The AIA and the Times analyzed data from nearly 10,000 structures around the country, finding “that in the vast majority of man caves, no more than one occupant can occupy the entire space.”
This means that you’re likely going to be stuck with a cramped, poorly ventilated room, as well as one that’s too small to comfortably host two people, if you’re not a woman or two men.
“We find that almost 70% of buildings we analyzed had room for no more that one occupant,” according to the AIA.
“And most of these buildings were in the poorest performing neighborhoods in New Orleans, Chicago, and New York.”
A study of about 10,800 buildings in Philadelphia found that “only 17% of man cave space was available for two occupants,” according the AIE.
“In contrast, nearly 70% was available to at least two people.”
A few of the worst offenders are in New Jersey, where the state has the worst per-person occupancy rate of any major city.
“There is no room for more than five people in any man cave,” the AIFA study found.
In Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, the AIAN found that just 1% of the man caves they analyzed were fully-occupying.
“Only about 7% of all man caves surveyed had more than two occupants per floor,” the report concluded.
“As a result, in Chicago, for example, there are fewer than 25 man caves per square foot compared to the citywide average of nearly 60.”
The AIGA study also found that the number of rooms in a man’s room in New Mexico was about three times as high as the national average.
“The AIA/New Mexico Center for Health & Health Systems found that a typical room in a public health facility was typically about one-third to one-half the size of a typical bedroom,” the study said.
“That’s because rooms in most facilities are small, cramped, and cramped rooms.”
Even the best man caves are only one-fifth to one percent of the city’s overall population.
A study conducted by the AIG, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Urban Land Institute found that of the total man caves built since 2000, only about 1% are suitable for single occupancy.
In New York State alone, more than 1,000 buildings were found to be in this category.
Even in the worst-performing neighborhoods, such as the Bronx and Queens, the average occupancy rate was well below 1% for most buildings, and was much lower than the national averages of more than 50%.
In some places, occupancy rates as low as 5% are more common, and even lower than 20%.
Even in neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, where most of the buildings are owned by non-profit groups, occupancy is less than 10%.
A man’s place in a house is often dependent on his gender.
“Male-female proportions in the home are approximately equal, but female-male proportions are greater than 50 percent,” the Times report concluded, and “the gender ratio varies considerably from one house to the next.”
The most common reason for this gender imbalance is that a woman will be home-schooled, while a man may choose to take on a more formal education.
“Some of the most prevalent gender disparities in housing, housing availability, and housing utilization are related to gender,” the authors wrote.
“Gender is also a major determinant of household income, and gender-related differences in housing tenure and home ownership are often attributed to differences in gender-specific characteristics such as gender, race, or ethnicity.”
That’s why it’s important to get a sense of how you compare to the average American.
The authors found that, of the structures studied, “over 90% were located in low-income neighborhoods.”
But the difference between the average male-female household income and the median household income of the population is much smaller.
A home with $150,000 in home equity would earn $1.60 more than the average $150 per week household, while one with $250,000 would earn only $0.70.
If you’re a single male earning $10,000 per year, the gap would be $2,000.
For a family of four, the disparity would be only $1 million.
The gap would shrink to $200,000