Southern California Home of Late Music Industry Legend Hits the Right Note for $3M

A Southern California residence owned by a songs field legend is now readily available for the initial time.

The late Donald James Leslie, inventor of the Leslie speaker, crafted this five-bedroom home in Altadena in 1958 and lifted his family there. The home came on the market a pair of months ago for $3 million.

But very first, let’s amplify Leslie’s qualifications. The Leslie speaker and amplifier was developed to modify the seem of an instrument like an organ.

Immediately after Leslie began manufacturing the speakers in 1941, they grew to become an integral ingredient of electrical organ sound and extra a common vibrato to the instrument.

“He would have globe-class organists occur to the dwelling and participate in the pipe organ which is really put in in the house,” says listing agent Michael Bell, of Sotheby’s Global Realty. But Leslie didn’t stop at setting up a pipe organ inside the walls of his personal home.

“Another incredible element of this assets is what we’ve been calling a wall of sound—or a wall of instruments. It’s about 15 feet wide, 3 ft thick, and it is full of devices that are immediately tied to the pipe organ.”

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Wall of audio

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It’s just a single of the signature Leslie touches in the 4,162-sq.-foot midcentury property, which hasn’t transformed substantially more than the many years.

“The property genuinely is a time capsule from the ’50s. The kitchen was transformed almost certainly in the ’80s,” Bell says. “Everything in the home works very properly, but it in all probability demands to be freshened up by the new customer.”

In addition to the organ with the Leslie speaker, there is a significant bar in a outstanding site with the Leslie emblem and a compass on the floor.

“We’ve experienced a quantity of Realtors® look at on their telephones with their minimal compass apps, and they reported it was high-quality,” Bell claims with a chortle.

Entry with a compass on the ground

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Leslie’s small children “have commented lots of instances to me that above the a long time they in no way actually realized how excellent they had it. They hardly ever went to any person else’s residence as young children. Every person came to their property. It’s one particular of these homes,” Bell says.

Mates and household savored the pool, tennis courtroom, and other facilities on the sprawling home.

An more 50 percent-acre lot is offered for $1 million.

“Leslie bought the adjacent vacant ton as a buffer. The little ones would go out there and go tenting or experience their bikes,” Bell suggests. “It’s a extremely tranquil location.

“The perfect customer is possibly any individual who is seeking for a legacy residence and the very last household they ever want to invest in. That is what Don Leslie created for himself,” he suggests. “Hopefully, it will be any person who truly appreciates the legacy of Mr. Leslie and would like to retain the pipe organ in the home with the new music instrumentation home.”


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