Intimidated by Yankee Candle founder’s $23 million amusement park home listing


The home that belonged to late Yankee Candle Co. founder Michael J. Kittredge II was recently listed, and photos showing the Leverett, Massachusetts property left Twitter users in awe.

Photos posted by the Twitter account @zillowgonewild showing exactly what the property, listed at $23 million, has to offer.

Photos included in the tweet, which can also be viewed with the listing on Douglas Elliman’s website, feature a tennis court, indoor water park and arcade.

Michael “Mick” Kittredge III said The Wall Street Journal that the house was once a three-bedroom colonial home that evolved into the sprawling estate it is today.

This home is on the market for $23 million, millions more than the average home value in Leverett.

“The typical home value in Leverett is $449,871,” reported Zillow, who noted that values ​​have risen 15.1% over the past year.

Johnny Hatem Jr., Douglas Elliman’s listing agent, said Newsweek that he’s been working on this list for about three to four months.

“There was a lot of planning,” he said.

The listing advertises several guesthouses spread over approximately 60 acres of land, as well as a spa, nine-hole golf course, and auditorium.

“No expense was spared in the design and construction of this resort, which features the highest quality craftsmanship and the finest materials sourced from around the world,” the listing reads.

Above, an image of a for sale sign is displayed in front of a house. Twitter users reacted to photos of a home that once belonged to the founder of Yankee Candle, which recently went on sale for $23 million.
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The work Hatem and his team put into the listing paid off, and Twitter users shared their reactions to what the property offers.

“I also want a water park in my house,” wrote one Twitter user.

“It’s not a house,” said another. “It’s an amusement park.”

“The listing had me at the ‘indoor water park’ and the ‘car barns’ but I’m still glad there are four tennis courts,” one tweet read.

Many also wondered, because of the late owner’s famous candle business, what the smell was like in the house.

Hatem said he was happy to see the list go viral.

“It’s great because it’s going to land in the right person’s hands,” he said.

It’s a very different type of home that Hatem worked to sell, and he said he had “great” experience throughout the process.

“This property is second to none,” he said. “Even with the amenities provided, I have never seen anything like it.

Other properties have already gone viral when posted by @zillowgonewild.

Photos of a listing in California featured five living units, one of which is a “tree house”.

Another listing went viral thanks to wall art that was displayed, while one property had a first-class Delta airport lounge.




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