Love Me Tender

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Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty takes a loving look at a wonderful mid-century modernist house in Palm Springs, California with a real claim to fame. It is being handled by the Altman Brothers through Hilton & Hyland.

One could be forgiven for supposing that there was a certain amount of tender loving going on at 1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, California on May 1st, 1967. This was the date Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu. They honeymooned at this Palm Springs house. Nine months later to the day Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, was born on February 1st, 1968.

Elvis may have left this particular building over 47 years ago but the Palm Springs house remains little changed and the current owners have certainly made decorative references to the ‘King’ in restoring the house to its wonderful 1960s style. This is a house in the modernist tradition of Palm Springs. Designed in four circles and on three levels the historic mid-century residence sits at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. It is minutes from downtown Palm Springs and its international airport.

Several films have featured the property including Elvis & Me and Elvis by the Presleys. But it is not just the Elvis connection that gives this house its celebrity connection. Look magazine featured it in 1962 under the title, The House of Tomorrow.

The house features four bedrooms and five baths. Peanut brittle stonework walls transition beautifully between the interior and exterior. The honeymoon suite provides sensational views of the nearby mountains. Outside the secluded grounds include a pool, stage, private garden, tennis court, and fruit orchard.

This year, between 23rd and 27th July, Priscilla Presley will be joining fans for the first time at the huge Collingwood Elvis Festival in Ontario, Canada. There will be lots of Elvis lookalikes there. But if you don’t fancy dressing up to look like Elvis perhaps you could move to Palm Springs and honeymoon like him instead!

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