This celebrated home was once owned by Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker
PALM SPRINGS —The former residence of “Colonel” Tom Parker in the prestigious Vista Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs has sold for $2.3 million. Located at 1166 Vista Vespero, the 1957 Alexander home, designed by renowned architects Palmer and Krisel, is adjacent the famed Elvis Honeymoon House, also known as The House of Tomorrow.
The home itself is a one-of-a-kind midcentury gem. Beautifully remodeled in the late 90’s, this private .28-acre lot includes a classic 2,616 sq. ft. home featuring 3 bedrooms plus office, 3 baths, a den, and a charming eat-in kitchen complete with spectacular granite counters and natural wood cabinets. The property’s stunning back yard includes a very private pool and spa area with a fabulous fire feature.
This celebrated home was once owned by Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Parker is credited with ‘discovering’ the then-unknown Elvis Presley in 1955. He maneuvered himself to become Presley’s sole representative and within months he had won him a recording contract with the RCA Victor record label. This led to Presley having a commercial breakthrough in 1956 with his first single “Heartbreak Hotel” and rising to become one of the most popular and commercially successful entertainers in the world. He negotiated Presley’s lucrative merchandising deals, TV appearances, and acting roles in film musicals. He also influenced Presley’s personal life, including Presley’s decisions to accept military service in 1958 and to marry Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. Parker continued in his management role until Presley’s death in 1977.
Dean Martin lived directly behind the Colonel’s house and Martin’s wife Jeanne used to look through the fence to try and get a glimpse of Elvis according to their son Ricci, who later inherited the house. Recognizing Elvis’ need for privacy, Parker had a private entrance constructed for the star to come and go.