First look at the Bat Cave

June 26, 2009

So for those not in the secret society of Riley (modeled on Opus Dei, but with far more alcohol 😉 ), we finally acquired a house in Melbourne.

When I say house I use the term loosely, because it’s technically a townhouse, but it has separate title, so you could argue both sides.

House hunting in Melbourne requires stamina, and a strong volition not to attack real estate agents, who are in the most part lying scum sucking vampires. The short story: if it’s listed at auction for $540-$580k, it will sell for between $630 at $780k, and I’m not exaggerating on the last figure.

End of the day we needed to live within a reasonable circle from the golden child’s school in Hawthorn, because we had no interest in changing schools. After nearly two months of looking, we ended up buying a brand new town house in Mont Albert. It’s a little further out than we’d wanted, but likewise I can probably do the school in a solid 20 minutes (in peak traffic.)

Buying a brand new place helps, for example we have A/C, garage and more… something you really can’t get at our price bracket, and we also have ducted vacuuming…. I hope the cleaners know how to use it 😉 (don’t judge me there, it’s the only service we have done once a week, but we both work)

There is a little catch though: the townhouse is only 2 bedrooms…and I work from home, hence introducing the bat cave.

The garage is sunken under the two story townhouse (so it’s really sort of 3 stories) but it is 2 cars deep, and a huge alcove off to the side.

Pics as follows. If I need relief from the bat cave, the complex has an indoor heated pool, sauna and gym, so there is some balance 🙂



10 responses to First look at the Bat Cave

  1. Duncan – what's the yellow thing on the wall next to where your desk will go? Ducted vacuum? Water filter? Garbage disposal? Flex capacitor? etc.

  2. You going to use Wireless? Power that is! Do I sense a lack of power points? 😉
    But serious, looks good! Best of luck!

  3. Still cheaper to huy in Melbourne than Perth. REAs are scum. Period.

  4. My new apartment had a walk-in closet I was going to use as a batcave… but it doesn't have any outlets, my desk won't fit inside, and it turns out it gets really hot in there. Needless to say it didn't work out.

    Hope yours does a little better


  5. I'm writing a book for kids. A teen ager is inside a bat cave and the bats return (after being out in the night.) If you have seen it, can you tell me if they fly around and around before landing or do they go straight in to their roosting spot? And is it noisy in there? Thanks.

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