Elvis at the Gates of…

Elvis at the Graceland Gates

All Elvis fans recognize the gates of Graceland, but did you know he once owned another home in California with often-photographed gates.

 

Elvis Presley House 1174 Hillcrest Dr

I recently found this aerial-photo of Elvis’ former home at 1174 Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills. It was posted in April by a realty firm selling the house for $30 million dollars. In an ElvisBlog post back in 2011, a different realty firm was offering it as a rental for $25,000 per month.

The new view of this fabulous house and its hefty price tag prompted me to scan the internet for more pictures and there turned out to be many. We’ll look at a few, interspersed with related comment.

 

Elvis - Front Door of Hillcrest Dr

The most common pictures of Elvis’ house in posh Toursdale Estates usually showcase the front door. One modern-day realtor describes the design as Hollywood Regency mid-century modern, whatever that is. I wonder what it was called back when Elvis lived there. He bought it in May, 1967 for $400,000.

 

Elvis - Front Door of Hillcrest Place, Night

Here’s a night shot of the front door from a different angle.

 

Elvis Hillcrest Dr Driveway -Parking Lot

This shot was taken farther down the driveway/parking lot. You can see the front door in profile and the gate in the open position. These are modern day photos. Let’s take a look at this area back in Elvis’ day.

 

Elvis' cars at Hillcrest Court

That’s Elvis’ Stutz Bearcat in front. Of course the foliage here was different than that shown on the other photos taken nearly sixty years later. The gate appears to have a metal panel behind the bars at this time..

 

ETA Donnie Edwards Checking out Renovations at Elvis' Hillcrest Dr Home

And here are the gates closed during renovations back in 2013. Almost looks like an Elvis sighting, doesn’t it? Actually that is Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards.

 

Elvis Fan Waiting at the Gates of Hillcrest Ct

And here is a determined fan on a vigil to catch Elvis coming through the gate.

 

Now I would like to present a montage of photos of Elvis at the gates of 1174 Hillcrest Drive in Toursdale Estates, Beverly Hills, CA. All appear to be fan-taken shots that have been posted on the internet over the years.

 

Elvis Looking Good at Hillcrest Dr Gates

Elvis Close Up Shot Through Gates at Hillcrest Dr

This appears to be the beard Elvis grew for his part in the 1968 movie Charro.

 

Elvis and Fan at Hillcrest Dr Gates

Elvis in Fancy Scarf at Hillcrest Dr Gate

Elvis with Beard Looking Through Gates at Hillcrest Dr

Elvis Outside the Gates at Hillcrest Dr

Here Elvis is beyond the open gate and photographed from behind by a fan.

 

Elvis with an Elvis Impersonator at Hillcrest Dr Gates

The website where I found this photo said the other guy was an Elvis impersonator. Did they really start as early as 1968?

 

Elvis at Hillcrest Dr Gates

 

More Elvis at Hillcrest Dr Gates

 

Elvis Walking up Driveway at Hillcrest Dr

 

Elvis with Fans at Hillcrest Dr Gates

elvis Kissing Fans at Hillcrest Dr Gates

This fan picture seems to have been taken during the period when the gates had the panels behind the bars.

 

 

Fans at Graceland Gates

How many millions of pictures do you think have been snapped of Elvis fans at the gates of Graceland? It has to be a staggering number. But if you’re ever in Los Angeles and you drive up to Beverly Hills and check out 1174 Hillcrest Drive, you might just run into some other Elvis fans there, too.

Gates at 1174 Hillcrest Dr

 

 

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2 responses to “Elvis at the Gates of…

  1. Johnny Elvis Foster

    That pic of Elvis & Me At his gate my name is Johnny Elvis Foster – that day was put in a Book by Bud Glass – every picture is of Me & Elvis at the Gate – see me on Facebook – Google – my space lol . Sincerely ur Johnny Elvis Foster / The Man,The Myth,The Legend !

    • Hi Johnny: Thanks for letting us know it is you in the photo with Elvis. I did check out Your Facebook page, and you just might have the longevity record for Elvis Tribute. I love your J.F. sunglasses.

      Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister

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