If you’re in the market to purchase a multimillion-dollar home, you may want to consider the Palm Springs estate once owned by Elvis Presley. After recently foreclosing on the former owners of the property at 845 W. Chino Canyon, the U.S. Bank National Association has relisted the home for sale at $3 million. The 4-bedroom 7-bath home features an outdoor pool, an indoor sauna and a steam room.
Elvis Presley owned this house from 1970 until his death in 1977. The Chino Canyon estate nicknamed “Graceland West” was purchased by Elvis and Priscilla Presley on April 14, 1970. They put $20,000 as a down payment and financed $85,000 for a total purchase price of $105,000. When Elvis bought the house, it was 3500 square feet. After Elvis and Priscilla got divorced in 1973, Elvis expanded the house with an additional 2000 square feet for a party room, a new bedroom with two bathrooms, and a sauna.
Elvis would spend on average of about three months in Palm Springs every year. Before Elvis purchased the house, the estate was owned by the family of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald’s. The first thing Elvis did when he got the house was to remove the “K” from the front gate.
When Elvis and Priscilla got divorced in 1973, Priscilla gave up her rights to the house. Elvis did not want to sleep in the bedroom he shared with Priscilla anymore, so by 1974, Elvis had added an additional 2000 square feet to house a party room, a new bedroom with two bathrooms, and a sauna. This expansion of the property enabled the transition from a family atmosphere to, as Elvis’ pal Jerry Schilling described, “more of a boys’ club feel” during weekends at the Palm Springs estate.
Elvis Presley enjoyed Palm Springs because of the perfect nighttime temperature of the desert. The extremely hot temperatures during the day didn’t bother Elvis because he would be sleeping until the late afternoon, even putting tin foil on the windows to keep out the daytime sun. Nighttime was the perfect time to have parties by the pool or the outside jacuzzi in Palm Springs.
In fact, Elvis had to get a top cover installed on the jacuzzi to retain his privacy from the helicopters that would fly overhead trying to see who he was sharing the 16-person jacuzzi with. Rona Barrett, the gossip columnist who broke the story that Elvis and Priscilla were getting married back in 1967, was always trying to find out what was going on at Elvis’ Palm Springs Estate since he was a bachelor again.
The original checkerboard flooring that Elvis had installed is still in the party room, as well as original red and white tiles in the bathrooms, and the special acoustic tile that RCA installed on the ceiling of the living room for a three-day Elvis recording session in September 1973.
Several songs including “Are You Sincere”, “Blue Spanish Eyes”, “I Miss You”, and “Sweet Angeline” were recorded in the makeshift studio in Palm Springs. Elvis was in need of a microphone stand at this impromptu recording session, so he improvised using a microphone taped to a mop handle that was standing upright in a pail!
After Elvis died, the home was sold to singer Frankie Valli. The most recent owners of the estate had plans to turn the home into a tourist attraction, but those plans fell through when they ran into financial difficulties and the home went into foreclosure.