January 30, 2013

red room of pain

Blogger's Note: During my travels the past few years, I had the opportunity to visit various booked-related hot spots. Originally posted on my now-defunct blog, Lit Adventures, this is one of my Literary Adventures. Enjoy.

Escala, 1920 Fourth Ave., from the southeast corner of
Fourth and Stewart streets.

By now, fans of E L James' Fifty Shades fans know the name Escala well.

After all, it is where the magic happens. In the bedroom... In the study... In the foyer... Ind the great room... In the red room of pain...

Christian Grey's luxury penthouse is located in the heart of Seattle within walking distance to Pike Place Market. Escala, 1920 Fourth Ave., is located on Fourth Avenue between Stewart and Virginia streets.

According to the website, the luxurious homes feature hard-wood floors, 9.5-foot standard ceilings, with 10-feet on some floors. Homes are available in one-bedroom units through penthouse size. Take a look at floorplans here. Photos of the condos are available here.

With plenty of windows, the 5,100-square-foot penthouses offer views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Check out penthouse photos here.

Aside from having a pretty fancy home, the website also offers a list of amenities and services ranging from semi-private elevators for each residence, spa rooms, a wine cave dining room with an adjacent climate-controlled wine facility, a private theater and a dog run. Then there is the fitness center, which has a stationary lap pool, yoga studio and steam room in addition to the free weights and changing rooms one might expect.

Between the spa, theater and wine cave, I don't know why you would ever leave home. Take a look at some of those amenities here.

A view of the Grey's neighborhood,
walking south of Escala.
You have to pay for that luxury. For example, according to the website, two-bedroom condos range from $619,000 to $1.6 million.

Most days, the best glimpse a Fifty fan can take is walking past. With the exception of public open houses, tours are available by appointment only. No faking an interest either. Only serious, pre-approved buyers will get in. This is fair, as far as I am concerned. Escala is a private residence, and dwellers deserve a bit of peace for what they pay.

Fortunately, their website has a lot of photos for you to check out.

Even if you are only able to take a walk by, the building is attractive to look at, and it is close to plenty of other Seattle attractions. Plus, there are other Fifty sites, too (which I will post about in the upcoming weeks).

Also, be sure to check out Pike Place while you are in the area. In addition to offering an amazing farmer's market with fresh fish and flowers, I imagine it might be where Ana popped out to pick up fancy chocolate to make Christian's birthday cake.

If you are seriously disappointed by not getting an inside glimpse of Ana and Christian's downtown home, you can still make it fun by taking a Fifty-themed photo outside. Where a silver tie or give you friend's bottom a smack. Get creative.

I was traveling solo, so I opted for the Ana lip bite. I could practically hear Christian say, "Stop biting your lip, Laura. My palm is twitching."

Why, hello, Mr. Grey.

Look for more Fifty Shades-inspired adventures in the weeks ahead.

Related Links
City of Seattle
Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau
Pike Place Market
Port of Seattle

My Book Reviews
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Freed

Reading in the Kitchen Recipes
Pan-Seared Pacific Cod with Asparagus Dipped in Hollandaise Sauce and Sauteed Potatoes from Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker
Ana's Spanish Omelet from Fifty Shades Darker
Poached Salmon and Sour Cream Dip Salad from Fifty Shades Darker
Christian's Birthday Cake from Fifty Shades Darker
Carrick Grey's Lemondrop Martini from Fifty Shades Darker

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