This $750,000 suburban home is so controversial, real estate sites have censored the listing. Take a look inside the ’50 Shades of Maple Glen’ home

The basement of this quaint suburban Pennsylvania home is a BDSM sex playroom.

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  • The listing of a four-bedroom home in suburban Pennsylvania, currently for sale for $750,000, attracted attention last week on social media when one of its unique features came to light.
  • Its basement is renovated into a sex playroom complete with a caged bed, aerial swing, whips, and other BDSM (which stands for bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism) sexual aids.
  • The home’s listing agent, Melissa Leonard at Coldwell Banker Preferred, has dubbed the home “50 Shades of Maple Glen” in homage to the popular erotic romance novels and films.
  • Leonard told Business Insider that she’s never seen anything like this in her life.
  • It’s stirred up controversy in the real estate community, so much so that shortly after the home was listed, the listing service took down the verbiage and photos depicting the room.
  • Leonard said neighbors also asked her to take the listing down.
  • Take a look inside the home and its subterranean sex chamber.

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

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The house is situated 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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… and 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.

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The animal hide rug is a nice touch.
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Leonard told Business Insider that the playroom was added on within the past year.

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A bedroom in the home at 1612 Norristown Road.
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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” in homage to the popular erotic romance novels and films.

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Shortly after the home was listed last week, it went viral, with many taking to social media to express amusement over the sex chamber.

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But within 24 hours of posting the home, Leonard told Business Insider that 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 told Business Insider.

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

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But as a result, Leonard said the neighbors are not thrilled about it.

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In fact, she said they weren’t even 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 told Business Insider.

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According to Leonard, the neighbors are afraid that the sex play pin will attract someone who’s only into that kind of 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 neighbors.

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Especially, she said, since the basement can be renovated back into something more standard if the prospective owners choose.

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Another contraption sits on the opposite side from the bed in the sex chamber.
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“It can just be a typical home if someone wants it to be that way,” Leonard told Business Insider.

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But since the home comes fully furnished, the buyers would first inherit the room as is before making any changes if they wish.

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As far as the owner is concerned, Leonard said he’s excited about the publicity the home has garnered, despite the residents’ ire.

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The suburban town has a population of 6,837 people.

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

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… and an hour and 40 minutes away from New York.

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

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Leonard said she didn’t know the designer who came in to construct the playroom, but the owner, who is accustomed to that particular lifestyle, 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 in the home — five, if you count the one in the basement …

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… and two and a half 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 also has an unfinished attic.

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You can currently spend a night in the home for $750, Leonard said.

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And if you want the home all to yourself, it’s listed on the market for $750,000.

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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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