Seattle-set erotic romp 50 Shades of Grey is famously inspired by two things: One, the Twilight series, set a few hours away in Forks, Washington. Two, an especially upscale penthouse in the the already extremely bourgie Escala condominium building.
Just how fancy is this condo? At $11.5 million, it’s currently the fourth-most-expensive condo listing in Seattle—and with previous listing prices at $8.8 million in 2016 and $6.2 million in 2013, its only escalating. The 30th-floor views of the city and the Puget Sound can be taken in from most points in the penthouse or from a giant, wraparound deck.
It’s not exactly perfect for an impossibly rich 27-year-old with very... singular tastes. There’s no sexy dungeon in here, although there’s certainly space to build one in, since the place has three bedrooms and a whopping 5,170 square feet of space. There is, however, a luxurious master suite, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and southwest views of the city, water, and sunset—even from the soaking tub—for whatever you choose to do in that space.
Shared—i.e., not private—amenities at the Escala include a 24-hour concierge, a spa, a lap pool, a gym, a yoga studio, a theater, and a catering kitchen. But there’s plenty to write home (or in your uncomfortable fanfiction) about, including a private elevator vestibule.
The film itself, while it used the exterior and the view from the roof of the Escala, didn’t actually use this interior as a location. But take a look at these photos and you can see how it inspired a tale of an impossibly rich person.
- 1920 4th Ave 3001, Seattle [RSIR]