Escala penthouse that inspired E.L. James as she envisioned Christian Grey’s apartment while writing “50 Shades of Grey” offers complete in-city experience with 5,170 square feet of living space, modern lines, clean interiors, a 280-degree wraparound deck and unrivaled amenities.
Scott Wasner and Phil Greely, brokers of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) demonstrated impeccable leadership within the luxury in-city property sector recently, with the announcement of the $9 million sale of the Escala condominium that inspired E.L. James as she wrote about Christian Grey’s apartment in Fifty Shades of Grey. To be sure, the residence offers a complete in-city experience with 5,170 square feet of living space, modern lines, clean interiors, a 280-degree wraparound deck and an unrivaled suite of amenities.
Wasner, co-founder of RSIR, represented the seller of the condominium, while Greely, broker with RSIR, represented the buyer.
Perched above it all, the home was thoughtfully designed with a den/media room, chef’s kitchen, sitting area with built-ins, a spacious en suite study or third bedroom, and a living space anchored by a stunning see-through fireplace. The luxurious condominium is complemented by unrivaled amenities, which include a 24-hour concierge, spa, lap pool, gym and yoga studio, separate dining room, theatre room, full catering kitchen and a dining room to accommodate up to 140 guests.
“This home has a unique backstory and I was confident we could tell it on a global stage and ultimately align it with the right buyer,” says Wasner, who also represented the seller in the 2016 sale of the penthouse for $8 million. “Though the movie wasn’t filmed inside Escala, the homeowners’ association did allow filmmakers to shoot the view from the top of the building and fans have been known to contact the concierge begging to spend the night in one of the penthouse suites.”
Shortly after coming onto the market, the unique listing grabbed local, national and international headlines, with features in Seattle PI, Mansion Global, Realtor.com, The Observer, Architectural Digest, Curbed Seattle, Daily Mail, Metro UK, E! TV and Inside Edition.
“I had a great time helping my clients secure this Escala penthouse,” Greely adds. “Both of my clients work within the tech industry and wanted to find a place where the city would serve as an extension of their backyard. Now they can truly enjoy all that Seattle has to offer amidst premier amenities with panoramic views and the Emerald City at their doorstep.”
The sale represents yet another validation of Seattle’s position as a world-class city on the rise—thanks in large part to the city’s emergence as a center of technological innovation. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), there have been four residential resale condominium sales at or above $9 Million year-to-date in 2019; Wasner represented the buyer and/or seller in each transaction. In addition to the 50 Shades of Grey penthouse, Wasner was involved in two transactions at the Four Seasons Private Residences and the sale of an undisclosed penthouse with RSIR co-founder Moira Holley, which closed for $12 Million in March. As Wasner notes, luxury clientele are increasingly comfortable with sizable investments in Seattle, particularly in the form of in-city estates that don’t often come onto the market.
About Scott Wasner (cityorescape.com): Scott Wasner is a co-founder and senior global real estate advisor for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Seattle, Washington. Scott also served as the co-listing agent and director of private residences at the Four Seasons Hotels Seattle, where he oversaw the sales and marketing of $40,000,000 in luxury real estate. While Director, Scott executed the sale of a Four Seasons residence which established the record as both the highest-value residential transaction and largest condominium sale within the Greater Seattle Region.
About Phil Greely (philgreely.com): Phil Greely is a broker and Certified Residential Specialist for Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty, based in Seattle, Washington. With over a decade of industry expertise, Phil is an established local leader with a cutting-edge approach. A contributor to Inman News, Phil was nominated for the 2016 “Innovator Award” for his incorporation of technology and top-tier materials into his pre-listing presentation. Phil also produces a regular series of videos posted to social media and YouTube that showcase listings and address relevant real estate topics.
About Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (rsir.com): Artfully uniting extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) is a leading global sales and marketing brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal amongst the fastest-growing private companies in Washington State in recent years and ranked #7 in the top ten largest residential real estate brands, according to Trendgraphix research. The boutique real estate firm of 250+ brokers and employees has branch offices in downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Kirkland, Issaquah and Madison Park. RSIR is a leading project marketing specialist currently representing more than $1 billion in new condominium developments planned throughout the Puget Sound region.