Erotica writer E.L. James, whose Fifty Shades of Grey was called a “badly written, unapologetically graphic trilogy” by the Los Angeles Times, is taking her ‘bad’ writing to the bank. Having inspired a blockbuster movie already, the British wordsmith will now be able to keep an eye on production of the heavily anticipated sequels. She recently locked down a $7.25 million home in the Hollywood Hills.
Measuring in at an impressive 5,616 square feet, the contemporary pad features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms with interior design by HGTV’s Matthew Finlason and art curated by Ren Gallery owner Renée Warren.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in most of the rooms offer expansive city views, while a thoroughly modern kitchen includes lacquered wood cabinets, marble counters and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances. A fireplace in the hardwood-floored master bedroom helps soften the austere contemporary feel and a sprawling terrace viewed through cinematic windows is perfect for indoor-outdoor living. The home also includes a massage studio, a home office, a spacious infinity swimming pool, another pair of terraces and a marble-adorned master bathroom with frameless glass-enclosed shower and a soaking tub.
The spacious living room has a magnificent city view through its vanishing glass wall and the dining room features a unique rhomboidal shape with a contemporary chandelier. Polished and matte stone floors throughout include at least two shades of grey (or “gray” as we Americans spell it), while cheese-hole windows give the home a vaguely nautical feel, and accent walls throughout include white and red brick, stacked stone and cedar.
In addition to the new digs, James and her husband Niall Leonard own an English estate they bought for £1.13 million.