A suburban Pennsylvania home has become the talk of the town — but not for the reasons you may think.
The $750,000 furnished Maple Glen home initially seems to be a typical well-appointed 5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms residence, but also has a rather unique feature: a sex dungeon in the basement, complete with whips, blindfolds, bondage equipment, and a sex swing.
Within days of its listing, the 50 Shades of Grey-inspired property has attracted people from all over the world in hopes to rent — or even buy — the “sexual oasis” — as the realtor describes it — before it’s officially in the hands of some other pleasure-seeking individual.
It all started on Thursday when the BDSM-lover’s paradise, located 23 miles north of Philadelphia, was first put up on the market by Coldwell Banker realtor Melissa Leonard.
“My seller called me and said that he needed a realtor that was going to be creative and think outside the box because it’s a very different property,” Leonard explained to PEOPLE.
The seller, who was renting out his home on Air BnB, then sent Leonard photos of the erotic basement.
“I got it and he said, ‘Did you look at it yet?’ And I said, ‘No, I’m driving.’ And he said, ‘Well, I think you should pull over and look at it,’” Leonard recalled.
“So I pulled over, saw the pictures, and said, ‘Wow okay, there’s a sexual oasis, pleasure garden going on in your basement,” she added.
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Because the seller was renting his property out on Air BnB, he asked that everything remain intact for his guests — including the sexual fantasy room, which has custom lighting to match the mood.
“I think he wanted to go public with because he wanted the business end of it to be more popular,” Leonard explained.
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So she snapped photos of the house and basement, and advertised the property online, writing, “50 Shades of Maple Glen: Suburban Home with a Sexy Twist”. Within hours, it had thousands of views, many of whom reached out with strong interest.
But her original post on MLS Listings was eventually changed by the website, with the photos of the basement removed, she said.
“This is what makes this house different from any other listing that I’ve had,” she said of the basement. “But took down my write up and changed it to… whatever they thought was normal, and then other sites followed them.”
Reps at MLS did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Leonard said the 50 Shades-inspired room has been met with mixed opinions by potential buyers.
“Some people call and really like it and others are calling to say, ‘Hey, I want to make sure that stuff can be taken out,” she said.
It has even caught the attention of E.L. James, the author of the erotica-romance trilogy 50 Shades. …read more