It may be almost 40 years since the death of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” but in Palm Springs, an ultimate piece of memorabilia proves that Elvis still reigns supreme. The midcentury modern home once leased to Elvis Presley and his young bride, Priscilla, in 1966 has been placed on the market for $9.5 million.
The residence at 1350 Ladera Circle, currently a museum of Elvis memorabilia, consists of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and the distinct character of luxury in the 1960s.
Built in 1960, the upscale residence showcases the modern style of the era with curved walls and the circular shapes of the kitchen island and living room fireplace. These intriguing facets echo the overall structural theme of the residence, which consists of four circle-shaped living spaces on three levels within 5,500 square feet of space.
Walls of stone and glass abound in the residence, some of which afford breathtaking views of the near-by Santa Rosa Mountains and Coachella Valley. The incorporation of these natural elements highlight the indoor-outdoor living aspect of the residence, one of the original intentions of the designers.
Despite years of transition and changing modes style, the house maintains its 1960s finery thanks to a complete restoration by owner M.L. Lewis, an investor and self-proclaimed “Elvis junkie.” Lewis has owned the property since 1989 and wanted to return the home to its original splendor. Art deco design and furnishings are featured throughout, an element that only adds to this unique property.
The 1.25 acres that the home sits on boasts plenty of points of intrigue as well. The grounds feature a swimming pool, tennis court, private garden, fruit orchard and, naturally for the King’s castle, a stage.
Known as the “honeymoon retreat,” the property located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains does not lack in history. Even before it was the home of the King, the house was lauded as a prime example of modern architecture. In 1962, a Look magazine article called it the “House of Tomorrow.”
History of the Palm Springs Home
Elvis rented the home for a year beginning in 1966 and would celebrate his 1967 nuptials to Priscilla on the grounds. A popular rumor circulating around the house indicates that the Presleys had originally planned to marry there, but made a last minute trip to Las Vegas when reporters caught wind of their plans. Elvis Presley-philes might also find it interesting to note that a mere nine months after celebrating their wedding and moving into the residence together; Elvis and Priscilla welcomed their daughter Lisa Marie.
Long after the King and his Queen would depart, the residence received two more doses of the Hollywood treatment when it served as a set for the TV movies “Elvis & Me” in 1988 and “Elvis by the Presleys” in 2005.
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