Friday open house scheduled for Elvis Presley estate in Palm Springs

February 19th, 2014 | by Dominique Fong | Comments
Elvis Presley estate in Palm Springs

Elvis Presley estate in Palm Springs

An open house has been scheduled Friday for the former Palm Springs getaway of Elvis Presley.

The 1946 home with an asking price of $4 million has been on the market for about a month. The property at 845 W. Chino Canyon Road most recently garnered publicity for its history of troubled owners and drawn-out legal battles.

The Desert Sun had previously reported that current owner Rade Raicevic faced eviction charges by US Bank National Association, which had bought the foreclosed property at a Sept. 17, 2013 public auction for $1.7 million. Raicevic disputed the legitimacy of the eviction.

Before Raicevic, Reno Fontana, a fan of the King, had hoped to turn the home into a tourist attraction. But Fontana lost ownership after a July 2012 ruling in a California Superior Court.

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Referred to as “Graceland West,” the 5,040-square-foot home was one of the few Spanish colonial homes designed by renowned architect Albert Frey (who would become famous for his modernist designs elsewhere in the Coachella Valley). Elvis Presley originally bought the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home in 1970 for $105,000. The rock ‘n’ roll legend owned the property for seven years and is said to have recorded nine songs at the home, including “Sweet Angeline,” “Are You Sincere,” “Blue Spanish Eyes” and “I Miss You.”

After Elvis Presley died, Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons bought the expansive 1.75-acre estate and home.

The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21. The listing agents are Eric Meeks and Tracey Wrubleski Meeks, Coldwell Banker, (760) 567-7646.

Business and real estate reporter Dominique Fong can be reached at (760) 778-4661, dominique.fong@thedesertsun.com and on Twitter @dominiquefong.

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