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In Massachusetts, a candle mogul's stunning spread lists for $23 million

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The house that Yankee Candle built just surfaced for sale at $23 million in Massachusetts — and it’s a doozy.

Half-theme park, half-mega-mansion, the 120,000-square-foot compound was built over the course of two decades for Michael Kittredge, the entrepreneur who grew a small homemade candle operation into one of the biggest candle manufacturers in the country, Yankee Candle. Kittredge died at 67 in 2019, and his son Mick is handling the sale.

Stunning in scope, the 60-acre estate grew parallel to Kittredge’s business over the years. It started out as a modest three-bedroom Colonial in the 1980s and evolved into a private oasis with an amenities list that puts other luxury listings to shame.

Some listings feature two islands in the kitchen. This one has five.

Some listings feature a putting green. This one comes with a nine-hole golf course.

Some listings feature a three-car garage. This one boasts two climate-controlled car barns with room for 60 vehicles.

Some listings feature a tennis court. This one has three, including two clay courts and an indoor court complete with a 25-foot oak bar and 4,000-square-foot stage at one end where bands such as Hall & Oates and the Doobie Brothers have performed.

Some listings feature a game room. This one offers an arcade decked out with slots, pinball machines and carnival-style Skee-Ball — as well as a three-lane bowling alley and billiards room.

Some listings feature an indoor pool. This one comes with an indoor water park complete with slides, waterfalls and palm trees all tucked under a ceiling painted like the natural sky — which was inspired by the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Some listings feature a gym and spa. This one offers a 55,000-square-foot facility complete with a sauna, steam room, locker rooms, massage rooms, a 4,000-square-foot gym and full kitchen.

The house itself spans 25,000 square feet and holds five bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, 11 fireplaces and vast living spaces with custom millwork and towering columns. Highlights include a stone wine cellar, oval office and rounded dining nook overlooking the grounds.

Trees, lawns, ponds and pergolas fill out the 60-acre setting, surrounding additional structures such as a clubhouse, cabana and pair of guesthouses. It’s found in Leverett, a town in Franklin County about 90 miles west of Boston.

Johnny Hatem Jr. of the Sarkis Team at Douglas Elliman holds the listing.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.