Inside the REAL Fifty Shades penthouse as it sells for $6m (secret sex room not included)
00:54 GMT, 17 May 2012
An apartment in the condo building that is setting for much of the 'mommy porn' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey has sold for $5.95million.
The Escala building, in Seattle's upscale Belltown district, where fictional billionaire Christian Grey seduces student Anastasia Steele, contains 270 luxury condos, but it is the 6,320sq ft top-floor penthouse that is undeniably the flagship property.
While the images and floorplan don't exactly match the descriptions in EL James's novel – there is, for example, no secret sex room – there are many likenesses.
The real Fifty Shades apartment: The Seattle penthouse, where EL James' fictional billionaire Christian Grey seduces naive student Anastasia Steele, has sold for $5.95million
Luxurious: The three-bedroom apartment comprises a 'piano room' and a library, as described in the book
The three-bedroom apartment comprises a 'piano room' and a library, as well as a vast open-plan kitchen area with breakfast bar.
The master bedroom, labelled the 'owner's retreat', has a large en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and his-and-her sinks, which lead through on to two walk-in closets.
Exclusive access: The elevator opens directly into the apartment's private foyer
Eat your heart out: The penthouse boasts a vast open-plan kitchen area with a breakfast bar
The views across Seattle would clearly have been a major draw for the buyer, whose name has not been revealed.
And with floor-to ceiling windows throughout, the city skyline can be seen from every room.
While there are two further bedrooms, one of which, we can assume, is the designated 'sub's room' that Anastasia is initially intended to inhabit, there is no space on the floorplan that could convincingly be home to Grey's 'secret sex room', where many of the raciest scenes take place.
Splash out: The master bathroom alone is bigger than the average person's bedroom
Suite deal: The bathroom has a large shower and freestanding tub, and leads through onto two walk-in closets
And though the complex counts many luxurious amenities like a lap pool, yoga studio, spa, wine cave and a private members' club, there is no helicopter landing pad on the roof.
Regardless of any inaccuracies, it seems fans of the Fifty Shades trilogy are fascinated by what the Escala penthouse might look like.
The complex’s director of sales, Erik Mehr, told Zillow.com he began getting suspicious that inquiries were not genuine about a year ago.
Luxury living: While the floorplan doesn't exactly match the descriptions in EL James's novel – there is, for example, no secret sex room – there are many parallels
He says his team had been taking calls from people who were particularly curious about 'the layouts of the penthouse and the details of the condos'.
Open house days confirmed that Escala was drawing attention from Fifty Shades fans, when several turned up without any intention of owning property in the building.
He admits that Escala is a fitting choice for a billionaire character like Christian Grey.
'If you were going to pick something opulent, this would be the building,' he said.
Fact meets fiction: The penthouse in Seattle's Escala tower (left) is the setting for many of the raciest scenes in EL James' hit erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey (right)
Condos in the building start at $400,000, and 70per cent have already been sold.
Penthouses cost from $4million, but those interested in taking a tour must be 'pre-qualified' before they set foot through the door.
Buyers will find themselves living alongside some high-profile neighbours.
San Francisco Giants’ star pitcher Tim Lincecum, who is originally from Seattle, has a $1.5million apartment in the building.