But are there bats in the belfry?
Thursday May 06th 2021, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Life

I’ve often thought I should ask you all, although, no, we’re not moving, so it’s a moot point anyway: the houses with rooms and racks and coolers for wine–if you don’t drink, what do you do with those? Leave them as is for future buyers? Rip them out? Store your balsamic vinegar sideways and hope it doesn’t leak? Try to freak your Mormon friends out with Martinelli’s in there? (Not to worry, we’re on to it.)

What other appliance fits in the space of a wine cooler in the kitchen? (Am I even calling it the right thing.) Can you take it out and put in, say, a second dishwasher? For parties? Since they’re both about parties (once you get past the first dishwasher any extras are definitely for parties and usually found only in bigger houses than we’d ever buy.) Right?

But this is taking it to a whole new level. My cousin found a house with a door that opens to a cave in the hillside, (note the fake window in picture 32) and her friend instantly said it would be great for her husband’s winemaking.

I’ve been in California too long–I looked at those pictures and thought, but egads, what would you do in an earthquake? Major heebie jeebies.

That’s a beautiful Tudor, even if it has an upskirt staircase, but really: isn’t that more Frodo’s natural hobbitat?

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Make cheese! Wine fridges with separate red and white zones are apparently perfect for making soft ripened cheeses like camembert

Comment by Susan 05.06.21 @ 11:26 pm

It’s Batman’s house complete with cave.

Comment by Barbara 05.07.21 @ 4:24 am

“Attached caves” is really not something I expect to see in a house listing.

Comment by ccr in MA 05.07.21 @ 6:31 am

Wow, that’s not a lot of kitchen for that size of house! (Yeah, that’s where my brain goes!) I like the idea of a cheese fridge… or maybe a place to store your tortes and chocolates!

I don’t do caves. Ever. I am extremely claustrophobic, so I could never explore that whole half of the house. Ugh.

Comment by Pegi F 05.07.21 @ 10:08 am

That cave would be a great place to be during a tornado.

Comment by Karen 05.07.21 @ 4:15 pm

I’m with Pegi. Not much kitchen. And only one single sink set into an awkward corner. Weird.
The little courtyard is good for bbq space I guess. But there doesn’t seem to be a yard at all. No grass. No flower beds. Hmmm.
The outside looks lovely but I don’t think the inside matched my expectations.
You could use the cave for making and aging cheese. But that’s a lot of cheese.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 05.07.21 @ 5:06 pm

It is a small kitchen for what seems to be a fair sized house, but it is “just the pump house.” I’ve seen the kitchen in the “real/big house” and it is huge! (I think there is more than one kitchen in fact. A party/event one, and a reasonable family one.) The yard is small for the same reason, the yard at the house house is huge and beautiful! Weddings are limited to ~100 guests, in case it rains and needs to be moved inside. It is a beautiful venue; we have been to a couple of weddings there.
I thought the caves might be a good place to have a mushroom farm.

Comment by Barbara S 05.07.21 @ 7:52 pm

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