An actor with a distinctive low rumble in his voice, Lee Marvin appeared in over 50 movies. The Hollywood icon, who had standout roles in “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and “The Dirty Dozen,” died in 1987.
Outside the Hollywood scene, Marvin and his childhood sweetheart and second wife, Pamela Feeley, lived a simple life in Tucson, AZ, in a Hacienda-style ranch house.
Now, that six-bedroom house is listed at $ 3.25 million.
Designed in 1936 by Swiss-born architect Josias Thomas Joesler, the home has all the charms of the Southwest: Spanish mission–style porches, beamed and planked ceilings, and red scored concrete floors, which may hold their own piece of Arizona history.
“The old concrete floors were dyed with oxblood, and then they poured it, smoothed it, and coated it with beeswax. I suspect this is how these floors were done,” listing agent Russell Long says.
The home also has touches of Marvin. “He had all this beautiful wrought iron commissioned,” Long says. “There are light fixtures and sconces throughout the house.”
The house has many living spaces, including a family room, a formal dining room, and an activity room, which Marvin and Feeley called the “fish room” after a favorite hobby. “Lee and Pam were great fishermen, and several of the fish they caught are mounted in the fish room,” Long says.
There are also modern amenities, including a light-filled master suite with a sauna and a gourmet kitchen outfitted with stainless-steel appliances, but the home maintains its quirky charm.
“The thing about these wonderful old houses, sometimes people get a hold of them and modernize it and take away the character. Pam has done a wonderful job of preserving the style,” Long says.
While the inside is all about historic style, the outside is all about nature’s bounty. Sitting on 6 acres, the home has a guesthouse, tennis court, outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, and pool. There are, of course, also breathtaking views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Marvin’s presence has been missed around town. “Lee Marvin was a regular fixture in Tucson. He was always at the local hardware store and drove an old pickup truck around. He was a nice guy and everyone liked him,” Long says. But Feeley’s decision to sell the estate gives the next generation of urban cowboys a chance at experiencing the Wild West.