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BY TAYSHA MURTAUGH
JAN 6, 2017
Graceland may be the King of Rock and Roll’s best-known abode, but Elvis Presley’s home away from home was actually a modest three-bedroom stone house in Madison, TN. But after four years on the market, the property is now dangerously close to being demolished by a developer that wants to replace it with a car wash.
Listed for $650,000, the property at 1215 Gallatin Pike South belonged to Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It’s where the legend stayed while recording more than 250 songs in the area.
“I remember it as a teenager,” current owner Steve North, who used it as a law office, told the New York Post. “We would drive by the house, and we would look to see if the pink Cadillac was there. If the pink Cadillac was there, we’d know Elvis was in town.”
The house, which still features some very retro décor from the good old days (read: wood paneling), even doubled as Elvis’s fan club headquarters and publicity department. “I’ve seen pictures of the gold lamé suit hanging in a closet,” North told the newspaper. “I’m talking the sequined jumpsuits that he performed in, tens of thousands of unpublished photographs, the gold albums. In 1992, every fan letter Elvis Presley ever received was in that house.”
But alas, it’s not viewed as a historic property, meaning it’s unprotected—a common issue in Nashville, where music landmarks are often threatened by developers.
A zoning hearing scheduled for yesterday was deferred until January 19. “If there is an outside chance of a different buyer wanting to preserve the property, especially with the spotlight now shining, this is the last moment, as the property has been for sale now for four years,” Nashville Metro Council, District 7 councilman Anthony Davis tells CountryLiving.com.
Although North told the Post he’d prefer to sell to “somebody who would appreciate it and preserve it,” Davis says the deal with the car wash buyer could close any time. “The BZA [Board of Zoning Appeals] matter is for variances they are requesting, they don’t actually need a full rezoning of the property.”
Currently, Davis is reviewing the company’s requested variances to see if they are warranted, “but there is no historic protection of the home, so another buyer willing to save the property would have to come forth quickly for it to be saved.”