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Published on Aug 26, 2009
A tour of Elvis Presley's Palm Springs California home on Chino Canyon. Elvis owned this home from 1970 - 1977.
At the time of Elvis Presley's death in 1977, Elvis owned only two homes: Graceland in Memphis and an estate in Palm Springs, California. Elvis Presley and his wife, Priscilla, purchased the Palm Springs estate on Chino Canyon Road on April 14th 1970 and would spend about three months there every year.
When Elvis and Priscilla got divorced in 1973, Priscilla gave up her rights to the house. Elvis expanded the 3,500-square-foot home in 1974 by another 2,000 square feet, adding a new bedroom with two bathrooms, party room and a sauna. This expansion of the property enabled the transition from a family atmosphere to, as Elvis' pal Jerry Schilling described, "more of a boys' club feel" during weekends at the Palm Springs estate.
Elvis Presley enjoyed Palm Springs because of the perfect nighttime temperature of the desert. The extremely hot temperatures during the day didn't bother Elvis because he would be sleeping until the late afternoon, even putting tin foil on the windows to keep out the daytime sun. Nighttime was the perfect time to have parties by the pool or the outside jacuzzi in Palm Springs.
Nighttime in Palm Springs was the perfect weather for one of Elvis Presley's pool parties. Elvis had to get a top cover installed on the jacuzzi to retain his privacy from the helicopters that would fly overhead trying to see who he was sharing the 16-person jacuzzi with. Rona Barrett, the gossip columnist who broke the story that Elvis and Priscilla were getting married back in 1967, was always trying to find out what was going on at Elvis' Palm Springs Estate since he was a bachelor again.
Elvis used his living room in Palm Springs as an impromptu recording studio in 1973. Several songs including "Are You Sincere", "Blue Spanish Eyes", "I Miss You", and "Sweet Angeline" were recorded in the makeshift studio in Palm Springs.