An upscale 2.5-bathroom home up for sale in suburban Philadelphia contains a perverse “sex basement,” as some call it, reportedly based off the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
According to a profile by Philadelphia magazine, the $750,000 home contains a sex-themed basement designed so that the home’s new owners “can enjoy a fun and exciting evening of BDSM play.”
“You’ll find all the furniture and equipment you need to tie up your intended and have your way: stocks in the four-poster bed, a rack, whips, chains, the whole nine yards,” the outlet notes.
See photos of the home and basement below:
I think I’ve partied at this house before and it has an amazing backyard too RT @motoridersd: “50 Shades of Maple Glen” I’m assuming the fully furnished Play Room is included? https://t.co/9go5cIFeMl pic.twitter.com/jGqPrBOkrr
— RedneckDanXXX (@11DanTheMan11) February 8, 2019
When your amazing house for sale contains and equally amazing #BDSM playroom with pommel horse, trapeze, stocks and epehemera. No shame, no judgement. These people are living their best selves.
— Key Barrett, MSc (@KeyBarrettMSc) February 8, 2019
BDSM refers to an erotic practice involving bondage and sadomasochism. It’s been linked to several deaths, including one in 2017, when Hollywood dealmaker Skip Chasey’s partner died during a BDSM session performed in his own “sex basement.”
The basement at the home on 1612 Norristown Road in Maple Glenn went viral last week thanks to real estate agent Melissa Leonard decision to label her listing like this: “50 Shades of Maple Glen.”
In explaining why she chose such an attention-grabbing name for the home, she said that the film was the first thing that came to mind when she saw the owner’s basement.
“I saw the first two of the movies. I only read maybe a couple of chapters of the book. That was the first thing that came to mind when I saw it: This guy has ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ going on his basement!” she said in a phone interview with Slate.
“But I know that it’s a way of life for people. Philly has clubs for this. I go out, I know about nightlife, they nickname me Philly Socialite on Instagram, so I go out all the time. Nothing bothered me.”
She’s not alone. The room appears to be receiving a positive reception on social media:
Looking for a nice home in the Philly suburbs? This one comes with fun extra features ? https://t.co/RBsxEPqinn
— Valerie Bittner (@ValerieBittner) February 10, 2019
This home would be perfect!! https://t.co/cz4yjzJtnZ
— Summer Girl (@annesaloha) February 9, 2019
Sign me the fuck up. https://t.co/i4FUORyZr4
— ThatSpasticChick (@Adja999) February 9, 2019
— Beatrix_ (@ApprenticeSub) February 9, 2019
— Gloria Brame (@DrGloriaBrame) February 8, 2019
I for one am glad America has become sex-positive enough that a suburban Philly home with a sex dungeon is unashamed to list that as an amenity https://t.co/CjikTl4Zoz
— Christopher Mims ? (@mims) February 8, 2019
But the room’s not just a novelty.
“The owner currently rents it out on Airbnb for $750 a night during the week and $2000 a night on weekends,” Leonard said to Philadelphia magazine. “He just started this and has made $5,000 in his first month. He’s getting constant bookings, and he even was hired to film a rap video there.”
It’s unclear why, if the owner is profiting off the room, he’s now trying to sell the home. Could it perhaps be because of the neighbors? Several times during Leonard’s interview with Slate, neighbors of the homeowner flagged her down to complain about her listing.
“We’re very upset about this whole thing. We do not want something like this in our neighborhood. Take that off the internet. That’s disgusting. We don’t want that,” one neighbor reportedly said.
Because of the complaints by homeowners and others, some online real estate listing sites have removed the basement’s photos and changed the listing’s headline.
“We uploaded to a main BrightMLS site, and it goes to all the real estate sites from that, and they took it down. Zillow kept it, Redfin took it down, but now they’re down everywhere because BrightMLS seems to have taken them down. I have to look into it. But I own those photos,” Leonard said.
By Sunday, Zillow’s listing had been modified as well:
“I think they’re really angry! Like, ‘They’re whipping people sexually around in there!’ I’m like, ‘Listen, it’s a lifestyle,'” Leonard said in defense of the provocative basement.
She noted though that the next owner could just remove it in case he or she finds it bothersome: “Someone called me for a client in New York and said they want the house but they don’t want the sex stuff. I said, ‘You don’t have to have it! You can take it out!'”
Yeah, but that costs more money …
The home also contains five bedrooms, three fireplaces, an indoor/outdoor speaker system, a custom gazebo and a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
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