L. Moreland estate where `Creed' scenes were shot heads to auction
The Lower Moreland estate that doubled as Apollo Creed's mansion in the 2015 film Creed is headed for the auction block in early November.
Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co., of Annandale, N.J., is handling the property at 3900 Buck Rd., Huntingdon Valley, for Philadelphia's East River Bank. The 6 p.m. Nov. 2 auction will be a "live-call out," with no specific reserve price, said Bob Dann, the auctioneer's chief operations officer.
"It will be a rather laid-back process," said Dann, a veteran of more than 1,000 auctions over the years.
The 16,130-square-foot home features a movie theater, a wraparound bar, an indoor putting green, a private cherrywood library, and an oversized family room large enough to entertain "with style and flair," Dann said.
There is also a separate wing, over the garage, with an apartment as big as some people's houses, he said.
A veranda behind the house leads to a pool in a 5-acre, parklike setting, including statues, Dann said. The house has hidden panels in the library and features a fingerprint-technology security system.
"Prospective bidders can come to the property to take a look on three open-house dates [Oct. 6, 9, and 22], and, if interested, they can sign up for a complete package on the property," Dann said.
"On Nov. 2, those wishing to bid must bring a $50,000 certified check made out to themselves in case they aren't successful," he added. Those parties will show the auctioneers the check and be given bidders' numbers.
In the movie, which carries on the story of some characters from the Rocky saga, the estate's front gate and its grand staircase are featured.
Apollo Creed's widow, played by Phylicia Rashad, tries to talk her son out of becoming a boxer, asking the younger Creed, "Do you know how many times I carried your father up these stairs?"
The young man heads for the ring anyway.
"You can watch the movie in the home's theater," Dann said. "It even has a popcorn machine."