April 10, 2014 at 4:29 PM ET
Next to Graceland, there’s no other home in America that oozes the aura of the long-dead King of rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s no wonder, then, that the famous Palm Springs, Calif., abode where Elvis Presley spent his first nights with his young love, Priscilla, has hit the market with an A-list pricetag: $9.5 million.
But look what you get: the Honeymoon House.
The property where the King and his bride got cozy in 1967 sits on a quiet street in the Coachella Valley desert resort town at 1350 Ladera Circle, just a few blocks from the quiet heart of downtown in Palm Springs. The shining example of mid-century modern architecture was featured as an example of modern architecture in a 1962 Look magazine article, called the “House of Tomorrow,” which means the house has enough design credentials to stand up on its own.
However, there’s no sidestepping the sometimes-gaudy history of the place as ground zero for Presley’s nuptials with Priscilla.
Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, rented the house for him in September 1966, figuring it was the perfect place for Elvis to get away from his movie making in Hollywood and relax with friends. In the spring of 1967, the Presleys had originally planned to marry poolside at the house, but when a television gossip columnist who lived around the corner learned of their plans, Elvis and Priscilla decided to head to the Las Vegas strip instead.
But the honeymoon did move back to Palm Springs and took place at the four-bedroom, five-bath, 5,000-square-foot home. It must have been a success. The website for the newly listed house notes that nine months after the wedding, Lisa Marie Presley was born.
The home does provide a quietly dramatic setting, complete with big windows, “peanut-brittle stonework,” and an art deco vibe. It includes a pool, tennis court, fruit orchard and a stage. The three floors of the house are designed in four perfect circles. Walls of glass offer views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley.
The property was restored in the 1990s and is capable of accommodating 180 people, keeping alive its excellent entertainment locale bloodlines.
It’s fitting, too, that a home so feverishly hawked over the years as a museum and rental is being marketed by another star. The listing is held by one of the real estate broker stars of “Million Dollar Listing.” Josh Altman is a Bravo! reality TV personality and real estate agent with Hilton & Hyland’s Altman Brothers.
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