By the time he married Priscilla Presley, Elvis could afford to lease or buy just about any house he wanted in any location that appealed to him. After his courtship and marriage to Priscilla, together they chose balmy Palm Springs, California and leased the much talked about House of Tomorrow for their honeymoon. It was the ideal 1960’s home to begin their new life together and if walls could talk, the kitchen might still have a lot to say about peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Presley met Priscilla in Bad Nauheim, Germany in 1959 during his service in the Army when she was only 14-years-old, the daughter of an Army officer and his wife who had taken Priscilla with them to a party at Elvis’s home. Since his fame had already been well established by that time, the military’s social standards of officers not fraternizing with enlisted men was likely suspended for the event. Although she was only 14, Elvis couldn’t get her out of his mind and their budding relationship turned into a marriage proposal just before Christmas in 1966 - seven years later. They were married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in May, 1967. Elvis leased The House of Tomorrow as their honeymoon house on a one-year lease and their child, Lisa Marie, was born exactly nine months later.
Futuristic even for today, the mid-century modern house-in-the-round is on the market with walls of glass overlooking a secluded pool terrace and views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley. The 5,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms and five baths and comes with 1.16 acres of land with private garden, tennis court and orchard in addition to the swimming pool.
The home was designed by modernist architect William Krisel and featured in a 1962 Look magazine article as “The House of Tomorrow,” an example of the coming of age of modern architecture. The design is created out of four circular living areas on three levels with a curved wall of peanut-brittle stonework, a round kitchen island and a round free-standing fireplace in the middle of the circular living room. In addition to the five bedrooms and five baths, the open-concept living and dining rooms and bar are sized for entertaining and the kitchen includes a breakfast bar.
Now on the market at $5.9 million, the House of the Future is also well-known as the honeymoon hideaway of the King of Rock ‘n Roll which he leased in 1966-1967 for $21,000 for the year. The listing agent is Mary Kay Nibley of Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills.
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