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A peek at Elvis Presley’s plentiful properties | WATCH

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With the story of “Elvis” set to hit theaters this month, we decided to take a peek at the many harmonious homes of music legend Elvis Presley.

Everyone is aware of his presence at Graceland, but the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll did have a number of other places he called home.

Over the decades, many of the places where Presley once lived have drastically changed, no longer exist, or, thanks to the hot housing market, have gone up astronomically in price.

When he died in 1977, he left behind a fascinating real estate legacy. Let’s take a look.

Humble homes in Memphis

Presley began life in Tupelo, MS. His birthplace is now marked by a street named after him. In fact, you can buy a 19-acre lot on Elvis Presley Road in Tupelo right now for $309,000.

While a teenager, he and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, moved to Memphis. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Presleys moved a few times in the area, according to the Graceland website.

First up: 370 Washington. The family reportedly paid $11 a week in rent at a boarding house in 1948. Sadly, the building is no longer there.

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The Presleys lived there less than a year before moving to 572 Poplar, where they stayed a few months. The building now appears to be the site of a pharmacy and a parking lot.

In September 1949, the family moved to 185 Winchester St., a public housing complex known as Lauderdale Courts. Their apartment not only still exists, but is available for overnight stays or tours. A plaque out front commemorates the Presley family history.

Lauderdale Courts plaque
The Presley family lived at Lauderdale Courts in the early 1950s. (Google)

The family moved to 698 Saffarans, then 462 Alabama in April 1953. Neither structure still stands. At this point, Elvis Presley graduated from the local high school.

In 1954, the family moved to 2414 Lamar Ave., which is now in use as a business. The next year they began renting 1414 Getwell, which is now a strip mall.

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As Presley’s career ramped up, he and his parents plunked down $29,500 for a four-bedroom home on 1034 Audubon Dr. in March 1956. He stayed a little over a year before fans and photographers made the situation untenable.

The 2,884-square-foot brick abode on a half-acre has changed hands multiple times. In 2006 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and last purchased by music industry executive Mike Curb for $1 million.

Curb then gifted the home to nearby Rhodes College “as a space to celebrate and experience creativity and young energy.” In 2017, the home was undergoing repairs following a burst water pipe when it was extensively damaged by an electrical fire.

Elvis Presley House, 1034 Audubon Dr., Memphis.
The home at 1034 Audubon Dr. in Memphis, TN (Wikimedia)

Graceland

With the release of “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956, Presley climbed to the top of the charts and sold 10 million singles in the next year. The following year, the superstar splurged on the Memphis mansion that would become Graceland.

Set on 13.8 acres, the property became his home for the rest of his life.

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Opened to the public in 1982 as a museum, Graceland is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark.

Graceland in 2018
Graceland in 2018 (Wikimedia Commons)

Today, it’s one of the most visited private homes in the U.S. The street name is now Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Fans can tour the building where Presley slept and view the “jungle room” with its green shag carpet and Tiki decor, the trophy room, and an array of memorabilia and costumes from the performer’s stage and personal life.

In the mid-1960s, Presley bought up 30 acres in Coldwater, MS, for some family members. The King’s connection to the property came to light when the parcel landed on the market in 2020 for $485,000. It’s had a few price cuts but doesn’t appear to have sold.

 

Hello, Hollywood

Presley came to L.A. to star in nearly 30 movies in the 1960s. While making films, he also made his home on the West Coast.

He and Priscilla lived large in a Beverly Hills estate from 1967 to 1973. Daughter Lisa Marie was born in 1968.

Built in 1958 on a 1.18-acre promontory in the exclusive enclave of Trousdale Estates, the three-bedroom French Regency residence offers floor-to-ceiling windows with city-to-ocean views, a pool, and a spa. It was purchased by Presley for $400,000.

The gated compound has since been extensively renovated and was sold for $25.5 million in 2019.

Beverly Hills estate (Realtor.com)

Presley then purchased a Holmby Hills residence in the early 1970s. It’s said to be the last home shared he shared with Priscilla prior to their divorce in 1973.

Set on 1.6 acres, the Tudor-style home has seven bedrooms, a pool, tennis court, and guesthouse.

Presley reportedly replaced the living room windows with French doors and updated the kitchen before selling it in 1975.

The home last changed hands for $20 million in 2020.

Holmby Hills mansion (Realtor.com)

Before becoming a homeowner, Presley reportedly rented a lavish pad in Bel-Air at 525 Perugia Way, which has since been demolished. He famously hosted The Beatles there in 1965.

The star also stayed in another Bel-Air trophy property. This Wallace Neff–designed home from 1931 was originally built for studio mogul Sol Wurtzel and also belonged to Howard Hughes and Prince Rainer.

Set on 1.5 acres, the 13,361-square-foot Spanish Colonial residence offers gardens, terraces, a pool, and tennis court. It was most recently sold in 2019 for $31 million.

Bel-Air abode (Realtor.com)

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