The big fancy apartment building given as the home of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey has become an unlikely tourist attraction. Because what's more fun than lurking outside a luxury tower, taking pictures and waiting for the doorman to run you off?
Yahoo Travel has an entire article on Escala, home to Grey and his "Red Room of Pain." (Never let a guy that cheesy tie you up.) (Also, frankly, a secluded home in the suburbs with a good finished basement sounds like it'd be more appealing for some kinky rich dude, but what do I know about high-end real estate?) The post is filled with photos, for fans who can't manage to slink their way inside the building; the building boasts a wine cellar and a private spa. Generally I'm bored by billionaire doms as a trope, but the fantasy of free manicures certainly appeals.
And apparently fans are really, really keen to book a night inside:
"Our silly phone calls have spiked again where people want to rent the room," Erik Mehr, whose real estate firm manages Escala, recently told CNN Money. "I don't think they realize that this is a condominium building that residents live in and there is no red room."
Said Neil, a resident whose name has been changed to protect the innocent, they're getting a lot of loiterers these days:
He's seen lots of young women taking their pictures outside the building – "it's weird" – and one day when he walked outside, a passer-by shouted at him, "Hey, it's Christian Grey!" Considering that unlike Grey, Neil is South Asian and not white, he's pretty sure it was a joke.
Look out, boys—the females are gazing.