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’50 Shades of Grey’ Made An Apartment Building In Seattle Famous!



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Ever since the trailer for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie came out last month, the real estate broker for the building’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Yes, the upscale apartment building in Seattle where fictional billionaire Christian Grey lives — and does lots of kinky things — actually exists. It’s called Escala. Women from the ages of 19 to women in their 50’s are calling and begging to spend a night or two in the famous penthouse or, at least, get their photo somewhere in the building. “Our silly phone calls have spiked again where people want to rent the room, but it’s actually a condominium and there is no red room.” E.L. James heard about Escala, which was completed in 2009, and wove it into her story, although she did take a number of liberties. For example, there isn’t a helicopter landing pad on the roof. Related: Live in a multi-million dollar homes for $2,500 Escala had to increase its security measures since the first book came out in 2011 and fans became a little too eager to get close to “the apartment.” The most expensive penthouse at Escala doesn’t have a red room. A family from Oregon bought it in 2013 for $6.2 million. But the building does have some famous people with ties to the building. Escala has had as many as three Major League Baseball players as residents. San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum owned one of the “sub penthouses,” but he sold it earlier this year. While the “Fifty Shades” trilogy and movie have caused some headaches for Escala residents, there have also been perks. E.L. James gave a private book signing to building residents and the film crew took shots of the building’s exterior that, more than likely, will appear in the movie. But the greatest benefit of all has been the skyrocketing home values since the book’s release. The median sales price for Escala apartments have surged over 75%. There are only six apartments left to sell in the building and if you have around a million dollars, you too could live there.