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Elvis' Honeymoon Hideway hits the market

By KESQ & CBS Local 2 News Staff, newsline3@kesq.com
Published On: Apr 04 2014 02:40:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 02:40:38 PM CDT

Photo Courtesy: Facebook Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The house where Elvis Presley honeymooned in Palm Springs is for sale. The 'Honeymoon Hideaway' could be yours for $9.5 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The home is about 5,500-square-feet and is composed of a series of concentric circles under a batwing-style roof. It also has a pool and tennis court.

Currently, the house is a museum stocked with Elvis memorabilia.

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, on roughly 1ΒΌ acres in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, was built in 1960.

The late Mr. 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 after their May, 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 Wall Street Journal reports that 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.

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 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, 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."