When he wasn’t on stage, the keyboardist Ray Manzarek liked to hunker down at his Napa, CA, farmhouse with his wife, Dorothy Fujikawa.
Along with the late Jim Morrison, Manzarek co-founded the The Doors. The iconic late 1960s band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Manzarek died in 2013 at the age of 74.
Now the musician’s former Napa hideaway is on the market. The current owner listed the 6,500-square-foot home for $5.95 million, after snapping it up for $2.5 million in 2015. She also took Manzarek’s work to the next level, with further tweaks to the design.
“She pretty much has touched every inch of that property,” says the listing agent, Christine Lesti of The Lesti Team. The renovated home now features four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
Built in 1987, and remodeled by Manzarek in 2000, the formerly 2,600-square-foot home, set on 2.24 acres, was “a typical-style farmhouse,” says Lesti.
She adds that it was in perfect alignment with the couple’s mantra to maintain a small footprint and subscribe to natural-oriented design.
“They opened up the farmhouse and added some large metal framing. It was very minimal,” says Lesti.
A silo the couple added (and further expanded into a master, spalike retreat) is an example of the property’s playfulness, as is the kitchen’s German cabinetry.
Manzarek, says Lesti, often set up his keyboard in the dining room. He and his wife also added a koi pond and a living space above the four-car garage.
Relocating the master suite to the lower level of the home allowed the current owner to look out onto the koi pond, thanks to an attached deck and sliding glass walls.
“She used the same architect, so she could keep the flow of the house and the lines the same,” says Lesti.
The home also features heated floors and a walk-in shower, as well as a floating staircase.
There’s also a 950-square-foot, open-walled “party barn,” as Lesti calls it, with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, outdoor seating, an outdoor pizza oven, barbecue area, easy access to the solar-heated pool, and cement floors.
“She really thought of everything when it comes to entertaining,” says Lesti of the seller, while noting the “highest of quality” selections in fixtures and finishes.
For a buyer who dreams of urban homesteading, there’s a chicken coop, greenhouse, mature fruit trees, and 17 raised and irrigated gardening beds already in place.
That the property is on flat land and not in a fire zone is also attractive to potential buyers. The home’s proximity to shopping, dining, and wineries is another draw.
“It’s two minutes from Silverado Country Club, another minute to a winery, and 10 minutes to downtown Napa,” says Lesti.
A detached, loft-style residence could be used for guest quarters, a home office, or an art studio.
Bay Area workers who no longer need to report to the office, thanks to the pandemic, represent much of the current buyer pool in this coveted area of the country. One of those wealthy Bay Area buyers might be just right for Manzarek’s old home.
Lesti notes that a big urban exodus had begun even before quarantine started.
“People were given the thumbs up to work remotely,” she says. “Many are buying, not renting, and from the Bay Area. We had already started to see the trend happening.”