Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-16-2012
Live with The Sound of Music in a spectacular music room built around a Wurlitzer theater organ first used at the Brooklyn Fox Theater in New York during the 1920s! The organ with its 3,000 pipes has led a fascinating life. It is one of only five of such organs built by Wurlitzer to provide music for the silent movie screen. These organs became obsolete with the advent of the “talkies” and were retired at a young age. This organ lounged in silence at the Fox Theatre in New York until it was purchased by Cardinal Music Palace Pizza Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it was played to entertain the customers. The design and installation of this musical wonder was accomplished by Ed and Patti Zollman of the Zollman Pipe Organ Company. They built this amazing 17,846 square foot home, Wurlitzer Manor, in 1987 on 13 acres and the organ became the focal point of the huge 4,800 square foot music room. During its 18 years, Wurlitzer Manor has hosted many Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society concerts and the current owners have included Blues musicians featuring Dr. John, Shemekia Copeland, Lizzie West, Stickshift Annie, Curtis Selgado, Lady A and the Blues Funk Band, Honey Boy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Mitch Woods, and Jon Cleary. The last owners, Ed and Patti, still stop by to visit and do repairs, maintenance and tuning.
With 13 acres of active waterfront overlooking Tacoma Narrows, there are two additional homes on the property currently used for short-term rentals. The home and its gardens are a well-known landmark property and very admired in the community. The main home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths with open, spacious floor plan and grand entertainment spaces with views of Mt. Rainer, and active water traffic.
17,846-square-foot home on the Puget Sound was custom built to house a 1920's-era theater organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Asking $5,950,000.