One of the greats of the golden era of American television, Jackie Gleason has been immortalized in Miami Beach with a theater named in his honor. Now, another piece of Gleason history is up for grabs.
The comic actor and singer's home on Alton Road in Miami Beach hit the real estate market Thursday with an asking price of $2,399,000. The manse has the standard colorful tiling of the Art Deco era -- and a zebra print wall! -- and boasts the perfect location for someone who wants to be in the middle of everything: across the street from the Miami Beach Golf Course and blocks from Lincoln Road, the future homeowners will never be too far from the action.
UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 19: Whether or not Mr. Gleason owned this home is currently in dispute. This post will be updated as soon as a definitive answer is reached.
The home, built in 1959, has eight bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, and more than 7,800 square feet of living space. There are also three kitchens, a gym, staff living quarters, central air conditioning (woo hoo!), high ceilings, and an open balcony to take in the breeze and smell of salt water. Outside, fruit trees are in bloom and boats can be docked with 500 feet of water frontage.
Gleason called the property home when he moved down to Miami Beach in 1964, bringing production of his television programs with him to what is now known as The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. He frequently signed off from shooting at the then-Miami Beach Auditorium with the catchphrase, "As always, the Miami Beach audience is the greatest audience in the world!"