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Elvis Presley’s Honeymoon Hideaway

Jul 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

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While visiting my parents in the Coachella Valley last month, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, suggested that I do a re-stalk of the desert home where Elvis Presley and his new bride, Priscilla, spent their honeymoon in 1967.  I had originally stalked and blogged about the property way back in March 2008, when my website was just a few months old, but because the post (which you can read here) was a mash-up of sorts about several Palm Springs-area celebrity vacation homes, Mike thought it would be a good idea to re-visit the location and dedicate a post solely to it.  So I dragged the Grim Cheaper right on over there on our way out of town.

The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway, as it is commonly known, was designed in 1960 by architect William Krisel for real estate developer Robert Alexander, owner of the The Alexander Construction Company, who built the pad himself, at a cost of $300,000, for his wife, Helene.  Together, Alexander and Krisel had constructed almost 2,000 homes in the Palm Springs-area, most notably in what came to be referred to as the “Alexander Tract”, which, according to a February 2009 Palm Springs Life article, historian Alan Hess called the “largest Modernist housing subdivision in the United States”.

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The design of the house consists of four perfect circles built on three levels and incorporates many circular elements, including a 64-foot circular banquette couch that surrounds a circular fireplace and a circular-shaped kitchen that curves around a rounded stove.  And, as you can see below, the pathway leading to the front door is made up of overlapping circular steps.

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I absolutely LOVE the musical clefs on the home’s front gate, by the way.

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And the rock outside which declares that Elvis honeymooned on the premises.  As I’ve said countless times before on this blog, why don’t more owners of famous homes do this???  LOVE IT!  But I digress.

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When Look Magazine published an eight-page feature on the property called “The Way-Out Way of Life” in September 1962 (which you can take a look at here), “The House of Tomorrow”, as it was dubbed, became wildly famous, as did the Alexanders.  Sadly, the couple, who were said to be the movers and shakers of the Palm Springs social scene at the time, were killed in a plane crash on November 14th, 1965.  Elvis, who first heard about the dwelling from his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (who lived nearby at 1166 North Vista Vespero), ended up leasing the property a little less than a year later, on September 16th, 1966, at a rate of $21,000 per year.  And while the singer and his then girlfriend, Priscilla Beaulieu, were set to be married on the grounds, when the media caught wind of the impending nuptials, plans were changed and the couple was whisked away to Las Vegas for an impromptu ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel on May 1st, 1967.  That afternoon, the newlyweds returned to their Ladera Circle home, where Elvis famously carried Priscilla over the threshold.  Lisa Marie was born exactly (like to the day!) nine months later, on February 1st, 1968, by which time the couple had moved into a ranch located in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The two-bedroom, four-bath, 4,695-square-foot home, which was restored to its original glory in 1990, features a pool, an outdoor stage, a tennis court, a fruit orchard, a private garden, floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, and a honeymoon master suite (natch!).  You can check out some fabulous interior photographs of the residence here.  The dwelling is currently used as venue for weddings and private events, and – wait for it! – guided tours of the property are also given on a daily basis at a rate of $25 per person.  How cool is that?

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And the home is also a filming location!  In the 1998 made-for-TV movie Poodle Springs, the exterior of the abode stood in for the residence where Philip Marlowe (James Caan) lived with his wife, Laura Parker-Marlowe (Dina Meyer – aka Beverly Hills, 90210’s Lucinda Nicholson).

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The interior and backyard scenes were shot elsewhere, though – most likely at a home in Los Angeles.

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And while the 1998 made-for-television movie Elvis and Me, which was based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 book of the same name, supposedly filmed some scenes at the Honeymoon Hideaway, I scanned through it prior to writing this post and did not spot the house anywhere.

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The Honeymoon Hideaway is also a popular spot for photo shoots and such stars as Jenny McCarthy, Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Jason Leigh have all posed there for such noted lensmen as Mario Testino, Mark Seliger and Annie Leibovitz.

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Big THANK YOU to Mike, from MovieShotsLA, for suggesting that I write another post about this location!  Smile

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway is located at 1350 Ladera Circle in Palm Springs.  You can visit the home’s official website here.  Tours of the property, tickets for which can be purchased here, are given on a daily basis at a cost of $25 per person.

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  1. Janette Eikleberry says:

    In the documentary movie Elvis and Me they have a scene where Elvis puts Priscilla on the bed and there are lots of windows all around them…this I believe is the scene where they are in the bedroom and the big front windows of the home are the bedroom windows in that scene…it is an AWESOME movie one I have watched many, many times and they picked the PERFECT actor (Dale Midkiff) and actress (Susan Walters) to play Elvis and Priscilla!! 😉

  2. Kolleen Kirkpatrick says:

    My husband and I were just at the Chino Hills Elvis home July 2012. We had a private tour, just myself and my husband and Mr. Fontana. Wow. I felt so honored to be there with Mr. & Mrs. Fontana and took some GREAT pictures which I lost, as my DROID2 malfunctioned & the SD card was eased! Although, 2 pictures I was able to retrieve. I was so fortunate to see Elvis twice in concert, 2nd time I was 5 seats from the stage. My then father-in-law, who never had a kind word to say about anyone after the concert, said, I’m humbled.” That’s what Elvis did to people. Still, to this day, my ex-husband does NOT know how we were so close to Elvis. I had saved grocery money, $100, to tip the maiter d’. Elvis had a beautiful soul. Wish I had known about the Honeymoon house. I’ll be back to Palm Desert in 2013 to see Elvis Lives! Long live The King of Rock ‘n Roll! I’ll always remember Elvis: 1977-????

  3. Ashley says:

    Oh! I totally know which Jennifer Jason Leigh shoot would’ve been here! It was a huge spread (like 40 pics) of ads for Neiman Marcus. This is the only one I could find online, but you can see the fireplace matches up: http://www.lagirlfancies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/tumblr_lmyhd6GOLk1qg4ivlo1_400.png

  4. Mia says:

    I’m pretty sure the couple never planned to get married there. Priscilla wrote in her book that they made the big deal of going to Palm Springs to throw off the paparazzi and that Las Vegas was the plan all along.

    • J says:

      Agreed, I’m a huge Elvis Presley fan and I’ve never once read anything about getting married on the grounds (or even for that matter in the house) and it’s in one of the Memphis Mafia books that Marty Lacker, I think, says that Lisa Marie was conceived at the Circle G Ranch that Elvis owned in Mississippi …don’t know what ranch she means in Memphis, because the ranch wasn’t there, but his mansion which was and is called Graceland is in Memphis

  5. John (Bay Area) says:

    Palm Springs has some great 60’s architecture like this! I like that you mention Alan Hess because I used to read his column in our local paper, The San Jose Mercury News. Last time I was in the gift shop at the Palm Springs Airport, I was admiring his books on “Googie” architecture and a book called, Palm Springs Weekend: The Architecture and Design of a Midcentury Oasis. You would love it.

  6. lavonna says:

    Love me some Elvis….


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