Seattle's Escala: The Setting of Fifty Shades of Grey!
A trip to Seattle would not be complete without seeing the architectural wonder of the Escala. The Escala has been made famous by E.L. James' book, 50 Shades of Grey. The movie will be out on Valentine's Day, 2014! The best location to see it? Seattle of course!
The setting that E.L. James used for her first novel was the 30-floor Escala Apartment Building in Seattle. Though she takes liberties with the fictional apartment complex setting, the Escala is a real place. The $6.2 million penthouse is just one example of fictionalized ideation. The starring character, Christian Grey, lives in the fictional penthouse, but the location in reality does not include a Red Room nor a helicopter pad! The Escala has become a popular tourist destination! Unfortunately, it does not permit guests the luxury of spending a night at the apartment complex. It is a very confidential location. Erik Mehr informed CNN Money, “Our silly phone calls have spiked again where people want to rent the room. I don’t think they realize that this is a condominium building that residents live in and there is no red room.”
Fabulous Architecture: The Escala The Escala is a very visible structure in downtown Seattle, located at Fourth Avenue and Virginia Street. The Escala is an exclusive location for chic living. The airy open-concept condominiums are visually pleasant and are encircled by lavish amenities that would make any resort jealous. Its architects were Cary Kopczynski & Co. The duo was recognized with a national structural engineering award for their work.
Fantabulous Entrance: Grand Staircase The Grand Staircase is one of the finest features of the Escala! The chandelier is nothing short of magnificent as it shimmers at the top!
Romantic Or Not?! The Second Floor Bar: There is a bar on the second floor that is exclusive for residents and can be rented for private parties! It has been known to host baby showers as well as a romantic rendezvous!
All of the Comforts of a Resort: The Escala is home to a private movie theater. Up to 20 residents and their guests can be seated in luxurious accommodations to enjoy the latest films. The Escala is also home to a fully equipped fitness center! A yoga studio is included with the private spa for relaxation at its finest! Private spas have private treatment rooms, but it is not of the caliber of the 50 Shades of Grey’s fictional spa! However, there is no doubt that Anastasia could be pampered here!
A Real Wine Cave Exists! There is a real ‘wine cave’ on site! The climate-controlled area is accessible to residents and their guests! An isolated dining area is near the “wine cave” for residents to indulge in their private wine collections. Residents can keep their stock of wine in the wine cave.
Semi-Private Elevators: Every apartment is reached by a private elevator entrance and elevators that are shared. Reality and fiction mesh in this regard!
Cozy Courtyard: The Courtyard and its stone fireplace are cozy and awaiting private moments in the midst of a bustling city!
Every Room Has a View: Ceilings within an Escala condominium are glorious in height. They tower at 9.5 feet to above 10 feet! With windows this tall and wide, an uninhibited view is created.
Christian Grey’s Penthouse: It is true that the penthouse belonging to Christian Grey exists. The 5,100 square foot sumptuous home features a 180-degree view of Seattle. Its hallmark is its wall of windows that span from the floor to the ceiling. The panoramic view flaunts the beauty of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. The penthouse is a home that is tailored to the wishes of its occupants.
Exclusive Amenities and Signature Services: If you are lucky enough to enter parking level 8, you can detail your vehicle at the exclusive car wash! If you are a pet owner, it is good to know that there is a dog run available on the property. Furry friends can scamper and play while the owners relax in the secluded lounge. Even mundane chores are fun at the Escala. There is a chute for garbage and recycling on every floor. You’ll never walk the trash to the curb again!
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