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According to real estate website Zillow, the median sales price for a Seattle condo has risen about 10% Nike Sb Air Max

But it's notable that much of the price jump occurred since the first "Fifty Shades of Grey" book came out in the spring of 2012. The median sale price rose 62% since then, according to Nike Sb Shoes Black And Blue

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actually exists. It's called Escala.

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But the greatest benefit of all has been the skyrocketing home values since the book's release.

Yes, the upscale apartment building in Seattle where fictional billionaire Christian Grey lives and does lots of kinky things Shoes Nike Sb

While the "Fifty Shades" trilogy and movie have caused some headaches for Escala residents, there have also been perks. James gave a private book signing to building residents, according to Mehr, and the film crew took shots of Escala's exterior (with the owners' consent) that are likely to appear in the movie.


"Our silly phone calls have spiked again where people want to rent the room," Mehr told CNNMoney. James heard about Escala, which was completed in 2009, and wove it into her story, although she did take a number of liberties. For example, there isn't a helicopter landing pad on the roof.

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It's overwhelmingly women ages 19 to 50 that call Mehr's firm, begging to spend a night or two in the famous penthouse or, at least, get their photo somewhere in the building.

since 2010. The median sales price for Escala apartments, however, have surged over 75%.

"Most of the unit owners are like you may expect they're business people or a bit older, so the book wasn't on their radar," says Mehr. "For the most part, they would rather downplay where they live."

The most expensive penthouse at Escala doesn't have a red room. A family from Oregon bought it in 2013 for $6.2 million.

Still, Mehr attributes the phenomenal rise more to the improving economy and Seattle's rising popularity than the book.

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Mehr is the real estate broker for the "Fifty Shades apartment."

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But the building does have some Nike Janoski Leather White famous people with ties to the building. Escala has had as many as three Major League Baseball players as residents. San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum owned one of the "sub penthouses," but he sold it earlier this year.

Only six apartments remain unsold in the building. Most are going for around a million.

Escala had to increase its security measures since the book came out in 2012 and fans became a little too eager to get close to "the apartment."

Ever since the trailer for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie came out last month, Erik Mehr's phone has been ringing a lot.

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