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The deluxe mommy-porn apartment in the sky

May 16, 2012 |  1:23 pm

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E.L. James' novel "50 Shades of Grey" has gone from an underground hit to a major national bestseller on the power of its kinky sex. Much of the fictional sex between billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steel took place in Grey's luxury apartment, set in the real-life Escala Building in Seattle.

On its blog, the real estate site Zillow takes a look inside those condos, in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. There are high ceilings, huge windows and incredible views from the terraces. The units, which can be custom outfitted, sell for $400,000, going up to $4- to $6 million and more. Because 70% of them have sold -- and because of the interest generated by "50 Shades of Grey" -- the condos are now shown by appointment only. Zillow writes:

While author James did take some creative liberties with her fiction — you can’t land a helicopter on the penthouse roof like it was done in the book, says Escala’s Director of Sales Erik Mehr — he agrees that the Escala is still the best pick for a billionaire character like Grey.

“If you were going to pick something opulent,” Mehr said, “This would be the building.”

James uses the word "opulent" only once -- to describe a couch, not an apartment, but close enough. Luxurious digs may get some people exited, but here at Jacket Copy, we think being wooed by a $14,000 rare book is truly thrilling.

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-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photos: The Escala Building. Credit: Zillow.com

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