The “Honeymoon House,” one of the most iconic houses in Palm Springs, is up for sale. Named the “House of Tomorrow” by Look Magazine in 1962, the groovy pad is where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned. They ended up renting the place since they loved it so much.
According to curbed.com,”Elvis rented the home from 1966 to 1967, and when it appeared on the market in 2014, a framed copy of the lease was hanging on the wall.”
The house was built in 1962 by architect William Krisel for mid-century real estate developer Bob Alexander and his wife. Legend has it that in 1967 Elvis Presley and his fiance Priscilla were about to be married there, but a nosy neighbor told an even nosier local gossip columnist about it, and right before the wedding a throng of paparazzi descended on the place. The couple escaped through a back door, were whisked away to the Palm Springs airport, and jumped on a private plane provided by Frank Sinatra to be secretly married in Las Vegas.
The story goes that when the couple returned to the house in Palm Springs, Elvis carried his new bride over the threshold and up the stairs, singing “Hawaiian Wedding Song” from his movie Blue Hawaii.
Architect William Krisel designed the house for the Alexander Construction Company. “Starchitect” Krisel, along with the innovative and busy firm, built over 2,000 rad mid-century modern vacation houses during the 1950s and ’60s.
The 5,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, a circular living room and stone walls. The winged, cantilevered roof looks like a flying saucer and was designed during the “space age” era of architecture and design.
The house is currently available to rent for weddings, honeymoons, or retro weekend get-aways. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Greetings from Elvis’ Palm Springs!” Elvis & Priscilla Presley lived here in 1966 & 1967 and Honeymooned here on May 1, 1967 after their wedding. Their daughter, Lisa Marie Presley was born exactly nine months later, on February 1, 1968.”
According to the current owners, “In late 2016, Priscilla officiated the opening of the Guest House at Graceland Hotel & Resort,” which was inspired by the Honeymoon House. “The Alexander Estate, aka The House of Tomorrow, is a mid-century Modernism icon. Expert Guides deliver daily tours. The Desert Sun newspaper says it’s the #1 place in Palm Springs to have your picture taken.”
The house, which features a swimming pool in the backyard and a tennis court was listed in 2014 at 9.5 million at the height of the real estate boom, but is now listed at a more “reasonable” 5.9 million.