Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!
In my eagerness to discover all the great environments and architecture around here, we took off for an overnight trip to Palm Springs. I had only flown in there briefly in my twenties so it was really exciting to drive from LA and see the country change in to desert and mountain walls.
An ad in a hotel magazine spiked my interest in what was called the Elvis honeymoon house. It was a super cool retro house Elvis had lived in during his first year of marriage. Elvis fan or not, who can resist a tour guided by an Elvis, Priscilla or a Liberace lookalike?
When we found the house nestled at the base of the dramatic San Jacinto mountains we could see why in the 60’s they appropriately named it “The House of Tomorrow”.
Image from Great House blog.
The house was built by a prominent Palms Springs developer Robert Alexander in 1960 who is responsible for about 2200 houses being built here in a ten year period. All of them super modern and ahead of their time.
The basic layout of this house was four large circles. It made me wonder why we don’t build more circular homes now?
The house was talked about, but it wasn’t until Elvis rented the home in 1967 and honeymooned there it became famous..
Circular stone steps lead up to the house.
You can visit their site here for more history.
We were excited to be greeted by….
…Priscilla Presley in her wedding gown!
It’s actually Darlene, a well known lookalike who won the huge Priscilla lookalike contest at Graceland. Darlene was an avid Elvis fan and gave us a fantastic tour of the home.
The home represents the best in indoor outdoor living. A sunken living room with only natural stone walls and glass.
Perfect for the Rock King…
Elvis we were told walked in the house and fell in love with it.
The bedroom was pink and circular. Love that my bedside lamps are the same as Elvis…
The kitchen was also spaceship like…everything was round.
I’m getting ideas about round kitchen counters….
We were invited to sit in any furniture and take as many pictures as we liked…
…we could tour the stunning back yard. (That’s my mom in the photo)
“Priscilla” showed off the pool…
…and shared their favorite Elvis movie “Clambake”. He lived in this house while filming that.
She even let us in to his bathroom and to smell his perfume…
Luke was so entertained by this. People smelling dead people’s perfume jst because you were famous.
On my next visit to this cool 60’s desert city I might perhaps go back and catch an Elvis impersonator concert, or head off to tour Frank Sinatra’s house. I also would get a kick out of getting a tour by Liberace!
This house inspired me to think outside the box in my upcoming house hunt. Really who can resist a round kitchen counter and stove top…?