The home in question

*No one knows how it started, but the good folks of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania have gotten in their minds that Beyonce and Jay-Z are close to becoming their newest residents.

Word on the street – also in the local grocery stores, pharmacies, town fitness center and t-ball games – is that the celebrity couple is close to buying a multimillion-dollar home on 210 secluded acres in the eastern Pennsylvania region. [See above photo.]

A fan from nearby Orwigsburg even posted a message on Beyonce’s official Web site: “Hello Miss Beyonce you are creating quite a stir in our small community … We want to welcome you to our small but wonderful community, it has a lot of heart.”

The rumor has been picking up steam all week. However, no deed has been recorded in the courthouse, no real estate transfer tax has been paid, and the celebs have yet to request a showing, according to the real estate agent listing the wood-and-stone hillside house.

The talk went into overdrive with recent unconfirmed sightings of Beyonce at several neighborhood businesses, from Boyer’s supermarket to Heisler’s dairy bar.

Listed at $11.9 million, the property has 16,000 square feet of living space and stunning views of Hawk Mountain, a popular birdwatching spot. The home comes with a vintage eight-bedroom Sears house, a one-bedroom guest house, a restored bank barn and frontage on the trout-stocked Little Schuylkill River.

It’s also convenient — just over two hours west of their current Manhattan spot by car, reports the AP.

BeyJay wouldn’t be the first celebrity presence in Schuylkill (pronounced SKOO’-kuhl). The region has been home to 1930s bandleaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and Muhammad Ali, who had a training camp a few miles away in Deer Lake.

The rumor has brought plenty of attention to the property, but Beyonce and Jay-Z haven’t expressed an interest in it, said Ericka Kirkpatrick, the agent who is listing the house.

“I am just humored,” she said. “We have no idea what the deal is or where it got started. … We are just being bombarded with craziness. This is so absurd!”

Jeff Faust, chairman of the local board of supervisors, said no one has approached the township about putting in a helipad — another rumor making the rounds.

“It’s amazing what people will come up with,” he said. “Believe me, I’d love for that property to sell. The township gets a nice chunk of change from the realty transfer tax.”

The stars’ reps aren’t commenting, which means this rumor will likely persist at least until the house is sold. So who knows? There may be a Yuengling or two in their future after all.