Why I can't help falling in love with the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs

August 7 | meggyfin
All photos courtesy of Redfin
All photos courtesy of Redfin

Oh holy crap, you guys do I have a treat for you…

First of all, let's all have a big "YAY!" for the return of Megan's weird real estate posts. Ariel hath lifted the ban! Let us all rejoice. And the best way to celebrate is with us collectively gawking over something I found on one of my "let's play pretend" real estate searches: The Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs. It is a treasure trove of the vintage realness that you've come to expect from my tastes and the over-the-top-ness that you all know and love from Elvis' tastes.

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Wanna take a look at what's behind this door with me? It's a hunk a hunk of burnin' awesome…

From the real estate listing:

The world knows this wonderful mid-century estate as the Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway. This iconic treasure was designed by the famous modernist architect William Krisel and built by the renowned custom home builder of the era Robert Alexander in 1962.

Situated to offer majestic views of the San Jacinto Mountains and Coachella Valley, the extensive use of glass and custom stonework throughout make for great indoor-outdoor living. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, enjoy the pool, tennis court, garden, and grounds in complete privacy. The large round main living room, perfect for entertaining, is the epitome of mid-century modernism and is just plain sexy. Featuring four bedrooms and five baths, it is truly a one of a kind estate.

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I can't tell what I love most about this living room… the HUGE sofa that wraps around the room, the rock wall, the wall of glass, or the fire pit.

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Oh, who am I kidding, I love this amazing floating fire pit the most!!! I want to tear my clothes off and dance naked around it in a Pagan Megan celebration of all things that combine kitsch and fire.

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But let's take one more look at that couch doh…

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Le wrap-around sigh.

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Though we'll get to it later, let's take one peek past a kidney-shaped coffee table (because of COURSE there's a kidney-shaped coffee table) outside to the pool (which is surprisingly NOT kidney-shaped).

Look! There's another cool fire pit-type thing in the freaking kitchen…

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What is this, I don't even… The kitchen island looks more like the center console of some '60s-generation TARDIS.

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Here's a cool little lounge area off the kitchen, with what looks like a giraffe-print chair on a zebra-print rug. Bold.

Now it's on to the bedroom…

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Hello, Cardboard Elvis. Why yes, there is a WHOLE lot of room to rhumba in this semi-circular bedroom…

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Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway bathroom

What Elvis master bedroom would be complete without a zebra-print-toweled master bath? Although the bathtub looks like it wants to eat the skin of your shins every time you stumble to the bathroom at night.

Sadly, the rest of the house is not as impressive. So let's go outside!

Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway backyard

Elvis Presley Honeymoon Hideaway pool

Aaaaaand, that's it. I'm sold. How much is this place? $6,930,000? Okay, nevermind. Not sold. Well, not to me, anyway… What about you guys? Any takers?

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  1. What I'm dying to see is "after" pics of one of these places. I feel like you don't buy a 7 million dollar home and keep the electric range elements on the oh-so-awesome kitchen island. But obviously you'd have to like the overall aesthetic to want something like this in the first place. I wonder, do people update them? Or do they just live in a building that's stuck in 1962 for all eternity?

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    • "Or do they just live in a building that's stuck in 1962 for all eternity"
      Well if Megan has her way, the answer would be yes!

      But I'm a delicate little butterfly and I can't cook on an electric range.

        • That's a tragedy. Personally, for that kitchen, I think I'd redo the countertops with a nice solid stone, and replace the coil burners with induction. There are a ton of ways to bring that kitchen up to date without losing the awesome 60s aesthetic.

          • Kellbot do you have any experience with the induction type stovetops? They seem cool when I read about them but I’m worried about it taking as long to heat/cool the pan as electric coils would. Also I suspect I would had to replace most of my pots and pans. I know I sound like a caveman but GIVE ME FIRE!

            Also give me smooth countertop as well. I have cleaned all the kitchen grout I’m going to clean in my lifetime. If stone violates the aesthetic, give me Formica. ( That’s 60s, right? ) Seriously I am never dealing with tile in a kitchen again.

          • I have some, but not a lot, of experience with induction. They heat up / cool down WAY faster than coil electric, so they're a big win there. They're still pretty different from gas though if you're used to that. With our kitchen we ultimately decided that for the price difference of a good induction range we could convert to gas, but in a cool 60s house where you're trying to preserve an aesthetic (or anywhere gas isn't available) I think induction would be a huge upgrade over electric coil.

            You can test your pots/pans with a magnet. If the magnet sticks it will work on an induction stove. If you've got coil you hate, and are considering induction, you can get little single burner induction cookers for about $100 to test things out.

  2. These are my favorite kind of OBH posts. I love quirky properties! Ever since you did a post on Lustron homes, I've been hooked.

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