Real ’50 Shades’ Penthouses Still On Seattle Market
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” character getting almost as much attention as Christian and Anastasia is a 270-unit condo building in downtown Seattle where steamy scenes from the S&M story were set in the book.
The building, Escala, is real and was completed in 2009. Its marketing materials apparently inspired writer E.L. James to make one of the condo’s eight penthouses home to Christian and his kinky “red room.”
The film version of “Fifty Shades” opens wide on Feb. 13 and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. (Check out the hardware-store scene from the movie below.)
In real life, fans have been posing in front of and trying to sneak into Escala since the book exploded onto the Mommy porn literary scene in 2011, followed by “Fifty Shades Darker” and then “Fifty Shades Freed” in 2012.
Escala still has six penthouses for sale at about $ 6 million each. The 5,200 square-foot apartments have drop-dead gorgeous views of downtown Seattle. But they’re just shells, so new owners must bring their own design plans, whips and chains.
The building features a full spa, lap pool and private dining room. Sadly, the helipad for Christian’s copter was only a figment of James’ imagination.