Stately Philadelphia home asking $750,000 gives a nod to 'Fifty Shades' with BDSM basement
With an impressively equipped and luxurious sex basement, this Philadelphia area Colonial offers one of the more unique listings on the Internet now — or ever.
At first glance, the 5,029-square-foot abode isn't overly remarkable: It's a well-kept five-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom house with a large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, billiard room, gym, and capacious unfinished attic.
In keeping with the colonial style, brick, dark wood, a fireplace, and a two-story foyer enhance this home's stately character.
A great room with Palladian windows overlooks the .9-acre lot.
Though the constant appearance of black bear skin rugs is slightly unusual, the real uniqueness doesn't start until you head to the basement.
Converted for BDSM adventure — in, ironically, total comfort — this lowest level is fully equipped: stocks in the four-poster bed, a rack, an assortment of chains and whips, harnesses and more.
Thick carpet, pillows, and even a thoughtfully placed fan create an almost luxury, spa-type ambiance to this scene, making it very difficult to call the room a "sex dungeon."
But one could always turn off the lights and use candles.
Unique popularity on AirBnb
Located in Maple Glen (roughly an hour from Philadelphia, Penn.), 1612 Norristown Rd. has proven to be a tremendously popular short-term rental.
"The owner currently rents it out on Airbnb for $750 a night during the week and $2,000 a night on weekends," listing agent Melissa Leonard of Coldwell Banker Preferred told Philly Mag reported. "He just started this and has made $5,000 in his first month."
The home is being sold furnished, which means for $750,000, you get the house, the land around it, the billiard table, the bear skin rugs, and all the BDSM equipment.
Not to worry if you're unsure what to do with the rack and harness. The official listing ensures potential buyers that "full finished walk-out basement with bilco doors.....can be converted back to a typical suburban basement."
Possibly, but then we can't help thinking (and hoping) it won't be.
Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.