They say if you work in something long enough, it becomes an indelible part of your life. Such was the case for the founder of Warner Bros. consumer-products division, Dan Romanelli.
As a professional tinkerer, Romanelli was responsible for creating toys and apparel linked to movie franchises released by the renowned studio. When the 1989 Tim Burton-directed film “Batman” came out, Romanelli felt a personal connection to a franchise that would help to build his career and personal wealth immensely.
“Batman was something that really helped build my division,” Romanelli related to the Wall Street Journal.
When it came time to construct his dream home in Malibu, Romanelli along with his wife, Luana, decided to commemorate the superhero with their own personal batcave. Following years of construction, the home, and all of its hidden troves, was completed in 2006. The underground space of the batcave, which is accessed by a secret passageway, is just one of the many treasures of the home recently listed by the Romanellis for $24.95 million.
Situated among 6 acres of exquisite grounds, the 10,270-square-foot mansion is fit for Bruce Wayne and all of his cunning gadgets. The home has five bedrooms and a whopping 12 bathrooms arranged among three stories of refined architectural and style elements. There is an elevator to get to access all levels, above and below ground.
The sprawling expanse of the home has luxurious amenities to almost no end. The home features a gym and saltwater pool with spa. There are also two vintage bowling lanes, which were removed from a real bowling alley and reassembled in the home. Batman fans can watch all versions of the caped crusader in a screening room housed in the lower level of the home, which also features a wine cellar.
The fun features don’t stop once you leave the doors of the home. The grounds boast even more space for activities, such as bocce and horseback riding. The ample space of the property has a barn, riding arena, grazing pastures and riding trails for horse enthusiasts like the Romanellis.
Malibu ‘Batcave’ is for All Ages
Despite the home’s Southern France-inspired design, it boasts one amenity that might only be found in Gotham City: the underground Batcave. Although it’s not accessed through a waterfall, as the movie versions would have you believe, the room features a secret door from the living room of the home.
The Batcave displays Mr. Romanelli’s collection of vintage toys and memorabilia. He also has a number of arcade games and novelty items that would keep any kid busy as well as “older people like myself who feel like kids,” as Romanelli related to the Wall Street Journal.
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