Return to vendor?
The honeymoon retreat of Elvis and Priscilla Presley returned to the market this winter; its latest ask is $3.2 million, a bump up from the $2.7 million of December 2018 that has thus far registered as its lowest listing price during its five year stretch on the open market.
The striking period modern-style house was first listed by its present owner in 2014—asking $9.5 million. The pop-cultural significance of the home is considerable, but clearly won’t sell the home by itself.
The design is fascinating. Architect William Krisel was very influenced by the sci-fi age—Sputnik had been circling the Earth for three years at the time it was built—and the home’s ship-like body is flanked by a dramatically extended roofline that can only be described as wing-like. A feature in Look magazine during the period described it as ‘the home of tomorrow.’
The interiors are luxuriously open; a 64’ window seat sets the tone of the living style, encouraging lounging and socializing. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 baths in the home’s 4,695 square feet.
The home was built for local construction company owner Robert Alexander, whose interest in modernist design helped make Palm Springs a visually cutting-edge community. The house of tomorrow, for the community of tomorrow. Elvis and ’Cilla occupied the home in the middle of the decade, moving in for a nuptial sojourn that lasted from 1966 to 1967.