Lions and tigers and Armes, oh my!

El Paso legend and Tiger King long before that guy on the Neflix show, Jay J. Armes, has put the Lower Valley mansion he’s called home for many decades up for sale along with the acres of land it sits on.

The Olympic-size pool now drained and the exotic animals he once kept there long gone, the once world famous private investigator and subject of action figures, toys, a book, and many news articles says he no longer needs a 13,387 square foot home. According to El Paso Inc., the 88-year-old and his wife still plan to live in El Paso, just in something a bit more cozy.

So, what kind of coin will it take to own the almost six-acre estate on North Loop?

$3 million. That will get you the two story 9-bedroom, 8 bath “single-family home” and the acres the estate encompasses. Here’s how the real estate company that has the listing is pitching it:

Rarely does a situation present itself to acquire a property on a high-traffic location with a ton of frontage in the heart of El Paso's Lower Valley. Behold this 5.85 acre estate that includes a 13k square foot house, an Olympic size pool and tennis court. Large open area that could accommodate a multitude of different options for future development. Large private gate with electronic gated entry and irrigation located on the property as well.

Sadly, few photos accompany the listing, and none of the images that do are of the inside of the mansion, which is super-disappointing.

Only in El Paso series - Jay J. Armes: An El Paso Legend (2014)

"Best known for his private investigative firm, The Investigators, and famous clients like Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley, Jay J. Armes is often portrayed as a both intriguing and mysterious figure.

In this Only in El Paso episode, Jay J. Armes gives us a rare look inside his private residence in the Lower Valley of El Paso, Texas and an intimate interview. Armes shares the story of how he lost his hands at an early age, why he still lives in El Paso, and how he hopes to be remembered."

Is Jay J. Armes For Real? - 1976 Texas Monthly Article

"He says he’s the world’s greatest private detective, but . . ." [READ MORE]