View Full Version : Elvis Palm Srings Home may be opened to public

08-12-2007, 05:27 AM
I don't know if anyone seen this on the AP sites today


Fan seeks to refurbish Elvis Calif. home

Sat Aug 11, 3:39 PM ET

An Elvis Presley fan wants to give Graceland a run for the money by refurbishing the King's old desert home as a tourist attraction.

Reno Fontana and his wife, Laura, bought the Palm Springs home site unseen in November.

"I want this to be Elvis of California," he said.

The Spanish-style white stucco home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, with a sunken tub and a pool. Elvis and Priscilla Presley bought the home in April 1970. The family, including daughter Lisa Marie, lived there part-time.

After his death, Presley's lawyer took control of the estate. It was not immediately known whether anyone lived in the house before the Fontanas bought it.

The house is already a bit of a tourist draw.

"I get asked probably six times a day to see the inside of the Elvis house," said Bill Davis, owner of Celebrity Tours in Palm Springs.

"In fact, last week I had a woman from Poland, and all she could say was: 'inside Elvis house,'" he said. "People want to see what's inside."

Fontana says he'll provide a look to anyone who knocks on the door. Right now, there's not much to see in the unfurnished home.

But Fontana, a lifelong Elvis fan, plans to decorate it in elaborate Elvis style and build a chapel, banquet hall and recording studio to attract weddings and recording business.

"We may have our names on the deed, but we are the caretakers," he said. "This house belongs to Elvis fans around the world."

I've always wanted to see Bel Air the one they supposedly used in the Kurt Russell Movie of Elvis, but I would probably out of curiosity go see this one too if I was already out there . Especially if they could re create it how it was
when he stayed there.

Anyone want to guess how long it takes for Sillerman / EPE to take over if it turned out to be a success?