By CANDACE TAYLOR
The Wall Street Journal Online
April 3, 2014
The Palm Springs, California, property where Elvis Presley and Priscilla Ann Beaulieu Presley honeymooned is on the market for $9.5 million. The house is located at 1350 Ladera Circle.
Currently an Elvis fan tourist attraction, the house was built in 1960 by Robert Alexander, a prominent developer at the time. Originally called the "House of Tomorrow" due to its modern eccentric design, the residence is a three-story home built in four concentric circles. According to Iconic Palm Springs Vacation Rentals, there is not a single square room in the home. Listing records at Zillow state that the house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Spanning an area of 5,500 square feet, the house sits on more than an acre of land and also has a swimming pool, tennis court, and waterfall features at the front.
Elvis Presley rented the home for about a year starting in 1966, paying $21,000 (a copy of the lease hangs on the wall of the house). He and his then-wife, Priscilla, celebrated at the house before and after their May 1, 1967 wedding in Las Vegas, and spent their honeymoon there, according to Palm Springs Historical Society director Jeri Vogelsang, who said there are a number of photographs of the wedding dinner taking place at the house.
The home is now owned by Boston-based investor M.L. Lewis, who purchased it in 1989 through a trust. The home is listed with Josh and Matt Altman of the Altman Brothers at Hilton & Hyland.
Mr. Lewis is an "Elvis junkie," Josh Altman said. Mr. Lewis doesn't live in the home, but restored it to the way it would have looked in the 1960s, with period furnishings and Elvis memorabilia, including photos of the newly married couple.
The home is now available for guided tours given by docents in Elvis and Priscilla costumes, and has become a popular destination for Elvis fans.
"It's literally a time capsule of Elvis," Josh Altman said, quipping: "When I walked into the house, I was all shook up."
Each year in May, to commemorate Elvis and Priscilla's wedding anniversary, a "Weekend with the King" event is held at the house. This year the event will feature a concert with tribute artists impersonating Elvis, Buddy Holly and others.
Due to the property's historical significance, "it's very difficult to price something like this," Josh Altman said. But he noted that the property is "one of the biggest available pieces of land in the area."