Die-hard “Rocky” enthusiasts, now’s your chance to make a (not-so) little piece of the franchise yours: The massive Philadelphia mansion featured in 2015’s “Creed” is up for grabs for a price that will be determined at auction on Nov. 2.
Clocking in at 16,130 feet, the opulent six-bedroom Huntingdon Valley estate—fictionally occupied by Creed’s widow, played by Phylicia Rashad—features an arcade, an in-ground pool, a hot tub, a putting green, and a basement movie theater. It also has a little bit of its own rags-to-riches narrative.
According to listing agent and auctioneer Bob Dann, of Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company, the home originally belonged to Michael Cardone Sr., a coal miner’s son and mechanic who started one of Philly’s largest auto parts company, Cardone Industries, from scratch. Like all good movies though, the property also saw its fair share of drama, having been sold to the bank by its current owner of nine years, resulting in the upcoming auction.
No starting price has been specified—Mr. Dann said houses in the area that are half the square footage typically sell for $700,000-$900,000, but pointed out that because the final sum is in the hands of bidders,“you never know.”
As for who he could see living here, Mr. Dann stresses both the mansion’s privacy and its sprawl—it’s built on a private lot and there’s a separate wing over the garage that features an apartment “bigger than my first house,” he said.
While the entire property isn’t featured in “Creed,” the expansive front gate and dramatic staircase will look familiar to fans of the movie. “Do you know how many times I had to carry the heavyweight champion of the world up these stairs because he couldn’t walk?” says Apollo’s widow Mary Anne Creed, played by Ms. Rashad.
Open houses are being held on Oct. 6, 9, and 22, and the bidding starts on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.
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