At least one neighbor isn't too pumped about all the attention the house has been getting. During Slate's conversation with Leonard, she was confronted by a man who lives nearby who said he was very upset about it and that she should "take that off the internet. That's disgusting. We don't want that." Evidently, no one in the area had any idea the house had this little secret in the basement. Then again, why would they?
Thrillist was able to track down someone who actually grew up in the house, and reached out for comment. Katie, as she has chosen to identify herself, clarifies that whoever installed the adult playroom did so after her family sold it in 2009.
"I lived in this house for around 13 years," she wrote in an email. "My parents designed it and had it built in 1996 (without the infamous basement 'features'). It's actually somewhat ironic because my parents designed the house for us kids. They built an adorable little playhouse in the basement under the stairs that I loved to play 'house' in."
In light of all the attention her old house is getting, Katie insists the neighborhood is a great one, and that it's close-knit and perfect for kids.
"While the story is definitely funny at first, I do feel bad for our old neighborhood and town," she wrote. "I can't imagine how hard it must be for our neighbors to have to explain to their young kids what is going on next door when they hear all the 'parties' and such going on."
The original listing also hyped the fact that the home is currently rented as on Airbnb as "Maison XS" for $750 a night ($2,000 on weekends), ostensibly for its, uh, sexy amenities. So, keep that going and you could potentially offset mortgage payments for quite some time.
Something tells us if they dare host an open house here, it's going to be very, very popular.