This $750,000 suburban house is so controversial the real-estate site censored the listing. Take a look inside the '50 Shades of Maple Glen.'

Courtesy of Gary Schempp PhotographyThe basement of this quaint suburban Pennsylvania home is a BDSM playroom.
  • The listing of a $US750,000 home in suburban Pennsylvania attracted attention last week on social media when one of its unique features came to light.
  • Its basement had been renovated into a sex playroom, complete with a caged bed, an aerial swing, whips, and other BDSM sexual aids.
  • The home’s listing agent, Melissa Leonard of Coldwell Banker Preferred, dubbed the home “50 Shades of Maple Glen,” an homage to the popular “50 Shades of Grey” erotic romance novels and films. She told Business Insider she’d never seen anything like the home.
  • The home has stirred up so much controversy in the real-estate community that shortly after it was listed, the listing service took down the verbiage and photos of the room. Leonard said neighbours also asked her to take down the listing.
  • Take a look inside the home and its subterranean sex chamber.


The home at 1612 Norristown Rd. in Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, looks charming and tame enough.

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The house is on a private street, with only a few other homes nearby.

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The town of Maple Glen is also relatively small.

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You’ve got your typical Colonial-style, two-story house with a red-brick exterior.

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There’s a spacious backyard …

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… complete with a gazebo.

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The interior is equally conventional.

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But there’s something about this house that sets it apart from the others …

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… and it may have something to do with the full-blown sex dungeon taking up the entire basement floor.

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Props and materials for BDSM play, like whips, chains, and an aerial swing, fill the space.

Courtesy of Gary Schempp PhotographyThe animal-hide rug is a nice touch.

The home’s listing agent, Melissa Leonard, told Business Insider that the playroom was added within the past year.

Courtesy of Gary Schempp PhotographyA bedroom in the home at 1612 Norristown Road.

The feature was described as a “private adult sexual oasis” when the property was first listed.

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Leonard also dubbed the home “50 Shades of Maple Glen,” an homage to the popular “50 Shades of Grey” erotic romance novels and films.

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Shortly after the home was listed last week, the listing went viral, with many people on social media saying they were amused by the sex chamber.

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Source: Dan McQuade on Twitter


But Leonard said that within 24 hours of posting the home, the listing service removed the verbiage and photos of the playroom because it was deemed inappropriate.

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So now the listing is described as a one-of-a-kind suburban home — which is still pretty accurate, let’s be honest.

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Leonard said that as far as home add-ons go, a full-floor sex playroom is not common.

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“I’ve never seen this in my life,” Leonard said.

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Leonard said that while “most realtors take out what makes homes unusual,” she and the owner wanted to embrace the property’s unique feature.

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But Leonard said the neighbours are not thrilled.

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She said they weren’t aware of the sex playroom’s existence or proximity to them until the listing went viral last week.

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“They’re very angry,” Leonard said.

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According to Leonard, the neighbours are afraid that the sex playpen will attract someone who’s only into that lifestyle.

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She said they even implored her to take the images down, before the listing service eventually did.

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But Leonard said she’s simply doing her job by showcasing the home as the owner intended.

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“I don’t think they really have the right to be upset,” Leonard said about the angry neighbours.

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Especially since the basement can be renovated into something more standard if the new owner chooses, she said.

Courtesy of Gary Schempp PhotographyAnother contraption on the opposite side of the bed in the sex chamber.

“It can just be a typical home if someone wants it to be that way,” Leonard said.

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Since the home comes fully furnished, the buyers would inherit the room as is, but then they could make changes if they wish.

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Leonard said the owner was excited about the publicity the home has garnered.

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The suburban town has a population of 6,837.

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It’s about a 40-minute drive from Philadelphia …

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… and an hour and 40 minutes from New York.

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It’s probably not the first place you’d think you’d find something like this.

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Leonard said that she didn’t know the designer who came in to construct the playroom but that the owner knew who to turn to.

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The rest of the home is conventional and elegant.

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There are four bedrooms — five if you count the one in the basement …

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… and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

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It has a gym for more, ahem, conventional exercise.

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The home was built in 1997.

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In addition to the basement and the two stories, the home has an unfinished attic.

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You can spend a night in the home for $US750, Leonard said.

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And if you want the home all to yourself, it’s listed for $US750,000.

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With all the attention the property has gotten, the home may not be for sale for long.

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“I hope we get a nice suburban family,” Leonard said.

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