Recently, Jade Mills, a California realtor specializing in large estates, posted a new rental listing on her website. It was 1174 N. Hillcrest Rd, which you knowledgeable fans will recognize as one of the homes Elvis lived in while filming movies. It is located in the very exclusive Trousdale Estates near Los Angeles, and it is huge – 5,367 square feet. Elvis bought it in May, 1967 for $400,000, but for some reason he lived there for only six or seven months. Memphis Mafia members Joe Esposito and Richard Davis lived in the house, and Charlie Hodge and Gee Gee Gambill lived in the quest house. Elvis was surrounded with buddies no matter where he lived.
A friend of mine sent me a link to the Huffington Post website, where they had an article about the house. They duplicated the wonderful photos by Simon Berlyn that are showcased on the realtor’s internet listing. The Huntington Post also incorporated basic formation from the rental site, but they rewrote the text. In so doing, they messed up a reference to floor-to-ceiling windows and called them floor-to-ceiling walls. Read the listing below and then have some fun reading the comments it inspired.
Former Elvis Home Available For $25,000 Per Month
The four bedroom, five bathroom home once belonging to actor-singer Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla is now available for rent at $25,000 per month. Located in Beverly Hills' exclusive Trousdale Estates next to comedian Danny Thomas' former estate, the 1.8 acre property has both a main house and an attached guest house with a four-car carport. The former celebrity pad sits behind a private, gated entry, and the front gate itself still has personal messages written from fans to Elvis on it. The rest of the property has undergone renovations however, and updates include a brand new kitchen with professional appliances, new laundry room, upgraded electrical, and resurfaced pool and spa. Additional features include floor-to-ceiling walls throughout the home with city and ocean views and a media room.
“The space is great, lots of light, big open rooms. BUT, the facade is horrible, that style is all over Beverly Hills. Sort of a post modern Normandy style. And that niched ceiling looks expensive and silly next to a contemporary open kitchen with the cut out walls.”
“Nice layout and views but I don't like the monochromatic “color” scheme at all. White, stainless steel, more white…ick.”
“Grand open spaces and large rooms with killer scenery for the view. That whole faux-mansard roof thing is a bit dated but still quite charming and definitely LA. “
“Gorgeous trees and light coming through them! What a hoot the rounded entry portico is! “
“What?! No Jungle Room?!”
“Are we certain that Elvis has left the building?”
“The building has left the building.”
“Did anyone else notice that the description included 'floor to ceiling walls'??? I am gonna up the value of my own house….I got 'em, too!”
“I always like my walls to go from the floor to the ceiling.”
“Floor to ceiling walls? As opposed to…?”
”You can’t beat the address though, if that's what you’re into. Bottom line, for 25 grand a month, you could do better.”
“I just wonder if they throw in a free first and last month's rent – considering it would take a month to move in enough stuff to fill that place – and another to haul it out again… “
“How much to rent it for an hour? “
“How about for a weekend? I could throw a killer party in that house.”
“The only thing is that you would have crazed Elvis fans scribbling on your gate. Weird.”
“Who is Elvis Presley?”
Several of the comments mentioned the fabulous view. It is to the West, so I’ll bet the sunsets are awesome. Who couldn’t throw a killer party at this place?
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