Their first home in Beverly Hills is on the market for an astonishing $30 million price tag
Ten years after Elvis Presley bought Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, he purchased a new home for him and his bride Priscilla in Beverly Hills, California. Known as the “Hillcrest Road Estate,” the newlyweds acquired the property in 1967 for a cost of $400,000. It was designed by Richard Neutra and Wallace Neff.
Equal to around $3 million in 2017 dollars, the 5,367 square foot, three bedroom home was built in the exclusive Trousdale Estates, an up-and coming neighborhood for Hollywood’s rich and famous at the time. While searching for the their new home, the Presley’s chose this area because it was the most sought after neighborhood around.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley celebrated many celebrated milestones in their life at 1174 Hillcrest Road including the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie Presley and his famous 1968 comeback. Today, many Elvis fans have scores of stories to tell about him signing autographs and taking photos with them at the front gate of his family home—a rarity among celebrities today. By 1973 the couple divorced and their “starter home” had been sold.
Little came of 1174 Hillcrest Road for the nearly four decades that followed. Fans still drove by for a picture every now and then, sometimes leaving notes behind by its front gate. It wasn’t until 2012 that the home was back in the news, when it was reported that Hard Rock Café co-founder Peter Morton—who had purchased the place for $9.8 million—planned to demolish it.
Public outcry ultimately saved the home; Morton’s plans thwarted, the businessman instead sold the property for $14.5 million in 2014. Now, in 2017, the French Regency estate is back on the market for an extraordinary $30 million. The home has had plenty of updates over the years, with new flooring and electrical wiring, as well as luxurious additions like a pool, a spa, and a guesthouse. Still, the house’s best qualities—impressive city views and walls of glass throughout—remain unchanged since its Elvis days.
“Perched on a coveted promontory in a quiet cul-de-sac, this 1.18-acre French Regency presents a unique opportunity to customize ‘a life above it all’ within the exclusive enclave of Trousdale Estates. Once the home of Elvis and Priscilla Presley from 1967 to 1973, this Beverly Hills residence enjoys sweeping city-to-ocean views of the world below.”
“Set far back behind gates and mature trees, a long driveway and four-car motor court lead to the newly renovated 5,400-square-foot mid-century residence and attached guesthouse by Rex Lotery. Maintaining spectacular bones for adding one’s personal touches, spacious interiors are magnified by high ceilings, warm hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in abundant natural light. Features such as a luxurious master suite, skylights, fireplaces and coffered ceilings are complemented by contemporary updates such as stainless steel kitchen appliances, fresh paint, new flooring, an added laundry room, and upgraded electrical.”
“Ample outdoor lounging and entertaining space is offered throughout a large patio featuring a fireplace, resurfaced pool and spa, and lush lawns, set against breathtaking panoramic vistas.”
Palm Springs Home
The house where Elvis and Priscilla Presley enjoyed their honeymoon in Palm Springs, California in 1967 went on the market a few years ago with a $6.93 million price tag. The 4,695-square-foot “honeymoon hideaway” was listed as a “midcentury, single-family, peach-accented home” with four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Elvis leased the estate at 1350 Ladera Circle on Sept. 16, 1966 for a term of one year for a sum of $21,000. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, lived in the neighborhood and suggested the area as a good place for Elvis to get away from Hollywood while he was filming.
Rona Barrett, the famous gossip columnist who lived around the corner, noticed Priscilla Beaulieu had arrived at the home on April 29, 1967. She had the maid followed to find out if a wedding was about to take place. Barrett detected that Elvis’ parents, Dee and Vernon Presley, were joined by his good friends Joan and Joe Esposito, Marty Lacker, George Klein, and Sandy and Jerry Schilling. During her nightly television broadcast Barrett reported that “the King and Priscilla are to be married in Palm Springs!”
Originally, the plan was to have the wedding and reception take place around the pool at the estate but because of the onslaught of the press and media, Colonel Parker arranged for Elvis and Priscilla to be married in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel.
Joe Esposito helped Elvis and Priscilla sneak out of the house at 3:00 am on Monday, May 1, 1967. They slipped by the media and paparazzi by quietly going past the pool, across the fruit orchard, and out the back to Rose Avenue with limos waiting to drive them to the airport. Frank Sinatra’s Lear jet, the “Christina,” whisked them away to Las Vegas where by 5 am their marriage license was secured.
At 11:00 am, the wedding ceremony took place in Aladdin Hotel’s owner Milton Prell’s suite. The ceremony was followed by a breakfast reception for about 100 guests. By 2:50 pm, Elvis and Priscilla flew back to Palm Springs.