'Fifty Shades of Grey' condo sells for $6.2 million

The British author chose the penthouse online as the setting for her steamy prose. The price was the most paid for a Seattle condo in three years.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Mar 22, 2013 12:28PM

Model penthouse at Escala (Courtesy of Escala)The Seattle penthouse where the steamy sex scenes of "Fifty Shades of Grey" took place has sold for a sexy price: $6.2 million.


That’s the highest price paid for a Seattle condo in three years and about half of the condo’s listing price a few years ago.


The 5,170-square-foot unit that was the inspiration for the fictional Christian’s fictional home is on the 31st floor in the Escala condo tower, a fancy new building in downtown Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. While the author never actually was in the apartment -- or even in Seattle before she wrote the books -- she picked the Escala as the perfect setting from an online search. The photos she used to write the description were actually not of the real penthouse (which was sold as a shell) but of a model penthouse unit that sold previously.


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Not being a reader of this sort of fiction, I’m forced to rely on other media to relay exactly what happened where, or at least the parts we can repeat in a family blog. According to The New York Daily News, the piano where Christian told Anastasia he loved her was in front of the expansive walls of windows in the living room. The model condo had a large white-marble bath, where various steamy tub and shower scenes take place, and an expansive kitchen, where "some of Anastasia’s best negotiating was done … where she cooked bacon and eggs and played hard to get in one of his white linen shirts," The Daily News reports.

The heliport on the top of the building is pure fiction. The building does have a gym, yoga studio, spa, pool, theater, dog run, wine storage and 24-hour concierge. The penthouse has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The buyers were Ed and Cynthia Maletis, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. He is the former president and CEO of Columbia Distributing Co.

The Escala came to market just as the market was crashing. Despite that, developers raised prices in 2008. But by May 2010, they had sold only six of the 269 units and cut prices 20% to 50%.


As the downtown condo market has begun to bounce back during the past year, the pace of sales has increased. Only 33 units are left in the building, starting at $479,000 for a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath unit and going up to $1.889 million for a three-bedroom, 2.5-bath unit.

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Apr 11, 2013 1:38AM
What does Chelsea Clinto do that she can afford a $10 million condo? Must be a spoiled rotten brat...she ain't even 30!!!
Apr 6, 2013 11:14AM

Oh...to be rich and kinky! Anistasia was one dumb, lucky, naive woman!

Mar 30, 2013 1:42PM
Mar 30, 2013 11:27AM
Real condo sell where a 'fictional' character screwed. whatever.......
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