Seeking a ‘man cave’ in Mableton

A “man cave” was a must for newlyweds William and Leslie Tyson.

A house with three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen with an island, and a dedicated space to watch the Atlanta Falcons and other sports were key for the couple, who wanted to buy a home before their July 2013 nuptials. Their six-month search, with Mark Camp of Prudential Georgia Realty, included these homes in Cobb County.

No. 1

Bonus bedrooms

A seven-bedroom, five-full and two half-bath home on Rooks Pass in Mableton was a short sale that stood out with its size and extra features. The home had a two-story foyer, hardwood floors and details such as a tray ceiling in the dining room. The finished basement offered two of the seven bedrooms and a bathroom, plus an area for the media room. The home, in the swim-tennis Kingsbridge neighborhood, needed some cleaning and repairs, such as with the floors. The home, built in 2004, was listed for $219,900.

No. 2

Highest priced

A four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home on Trumpet Vine Trail S.E. in Mableton was at the top of their price range, but the basement had a Falcons theme and an area for TVs with surround sound. “The man cave is what made it a top contender for me,” said William, 30, an analyst. Leslie, meanwhile, said she fell in love with the kitchen, which had a breakfast bar, granite countertops, maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The home, built in 2000 in the Vinings Cove neighborhood, was listed for $250,000.

No. 3

Spacious short sale

A five-bedroom, three-bath home on Silvergate Drive in Mableton had more than enough bedrooms. The house was missing a basement, but the couple considered the home since a bedroom could be turned into a “man cave.” Like others they considered, the house boasted a two-story foyer and family room, and the backyard was fenced. Some features, such as the tile floors, would need to be repaired. The home, built in 2005 in the Silvergate neighborhood, was listed for $219,000.

The Choice

No. 2. First, they put an offer on the Rooks Pass home (No. 1), but the deal didn’t work out. While the home they purchased was more expensive, it was updated and move-in ready. They made an offer about two days after viewing the home. “We didn’t want it to get away from us,” said Leslie, 26, a teacher. The seller was willing to push back the closing date so the couple didn’t have to break their lease. “We moved in the last weekend in May. That was about two weeks before our lease was up and the month before the wedding,” Leslie said. After moving in, they let out a sigh of relief, William said, since they were able to focus on the wedding.