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Gordon Apker’s Mansion in Des Moines, WA (Listed for $3.825 Million)

Washington state residents looking for a waterfront home might consider the former home of Shakey's pizza tycoon Gordon Apker in Des Moines, WA. Its five bedrooms and five bathrooms provide plenty of family space, while its 30-car garage. The property includes a private beach, landscaped grounds, and mountain views.

This is the view of the front of the house showcasing the abundance of large glass windows and glass walls that glow warmly from the interior lights. Image courtesy of

Washington’s residents searching for a roomy new home might enjoy Gordon Apker’s 7,856 square feet mansion in Des Moines. The pizza guru who purchased Shakey’s Pizza from its founder then expanded the chain, renovated the expansive multi-structure property to house his vehicle collection as well as to live on the waterfront property.

The main house sits on four acres with access to the Puget Sound via a private beach and views of the Olympic Mountains. It features five bedrooms and five bathrooms, providing ample space for a small family or an individual who enjoys having house guests.

The home provides many amenities, such as a hot tub room with cathedral ceilings, mosaic stone flooring, and wood-paneled walls. Indoors and outdoors, the house includes various decorative features crafted from materials from throughout the world. Highlights of these amazing materials include:

  • An antique bar from The Butte Hotel in Butte, Montana,
  • A Belgian stained-glass window in the dining room,
  • Italian ceramic tiles featuring frogs in the primary bathroom,
  • The covered bridge on the property comes from the Cle Elum railroad.

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Outside the home, a wood deck with built-in seating overlooks the Puget Sound. From the front of the home, its interior seems to glow at night due to the numerous glass windows and walls that allow the interior light to flood the yard. The grounds include grassy lawns, wooded areas, and a private sand beach. Its gardens and other landscaped areas feature hardscapes such as the aforementioned bridge and other outdoor architecture elements.

The property has one superbly unique feature — a car barn with a replica of the Tacoma Veltex service station where Apker worked in the 1960s. While working at the gas station, he developed an affinity for cars. The pizza tycoon built a 30-vehicle collection which he houses in the 20,000-square-feet car barn.

The building also includes offices for his four employees who maintain the car collection. The barn features green carpet and a mixture of glass walls and beige painted walls. The new owners could keep the building as-is, providing themselves and guests plenty of room for parking or refurbish the building as Apker did.

Originally built in 1973, Apker converted the property’s immense outbuildings into the automotive facility. If you have attended one of the many car shows Apker hosts on the property, you already know the property’s breathtaking views and grand presentation. If not, contact the realtor for a tour of the grounds and home.

Windmere Real Estate represents the property. The listing agent is unknown. The Apker family opened with an asking price of $3.825 million. The property initially listed after Apker died in 2016.