Tim Lincecum's view
Two rich bachelors call Seattle’s Escala building home — one a baseball player, and the other a fictional character soon to be on the big screen.
Christian Grey, the main character in the steamy fan fiction book “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is depicted as living in the high-end condo building.
A main character on the San Francisco Giants roster, pitcher Tim Lincecum, also lives there.
Lincecum beat Grey to the building. He bought a condo at 1920 4th Ave in 2010 for $1.575 million; “Fifty Shades” was published in June 2011.
As a fictional character, Grey will never move out of his glassy penthouse, but Lincecum is ready for a new place. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has listed his sub-penthouse for $2.495 million, as first reported by Curbed.
Although once described as a “barren, artless wasteland” in a video tour by Seattle Weekly magazine, the 2,442-square-foot, 3-bedroom condo now boasts a home stager’s touch, with swanky furnishings befitting the modern pad.
The northwest-facing condo has views of downtown, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains from nearly every room and the large wraparound deck. An open kitchen has high-gloss cabinetry, slab granite counters and cherry hardwood floors.
As far as luxe amenities go, the Escala has more than its fair share. Residents have access to a private spa, a gym with yoga studio, a full catering kitchen and dining area with room for 140, a theater room and a dog run.
These qualities led “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James to pick the condos as the setting for her book (although she does take creative liberties, reported a building manager).
Situated in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle, the Escala is one of the pricier apartment buildings in the city. Belltown’s median home value is currently $326,700.
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