Elvis Presley: What Was the First Home the King Purchased?

by Madison Miller

Elvis Presley fans have become quite accustomed to his famous massive home. The infamous Graceland mansion attracts millions of visitors each year and is even the second-most-visited house in America.

From the Jungle Room to his private upstairs suite to the quaint room of his mother Gladys, Graceland has opened the curtains on Presley’s intimate home.

While Graceland attracts crowds in Memphis to celebrate the life and legacy of The King, it is not his first official home. He purchased Graceland on March 19, 1957, for a sale price of $102,500.

Elvis Presley’s First Home

Before that, Elvis Presley lived in a small home at 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee. According to the Graceland site, Elvis, and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, all moved to Memphis when he was only 13. First, they lived in a variety of cheaper apartments and homes. Once Elvis had started to earn more money, he bought the first house the Presleys lived in.

His first major success was “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956. It happened to top the Billboard Top 100 chart for seven weeks. It was his first million-seller and one of the best-selling singles of that year. While an optimistic part of his career, the song was about an article describing a man who had committed suicide by jumping from a hotel window.

With the money from one of his first major hits, Presley bought the house from Welsh Plywood Corporation for $29,500 on March 12, 1956. The home had four bedrooms and two and a half baths. He had done some basic renovations on the house. Some music notes were painted on the fence he installed. He also had a pool placed on the property.

Elvis had really purchased the house just as his career was on a very rapid increase. Just a few weeks after the purchase, Presley’s debut album hit record stores everywhere. He was still living here when he starred in his first film, “Love Me Tender.”

While the home holds memories of his growing career, Elvis, known for his extravagant spending, eventually wanted to expand. He lived in the Audubon Drive home for a year before relocating everyone to Graceland.

Home Suffers Fire Damage

Today, Graceland has been turned into a tourist attraction. His home is filled with artifacts and memorabilia related to his iconic career.

According to Commerical Appeal, his old home on Audubon Drive had actually suffered extensive fire damage in 2017. At the time, there were renovations happening so there were no Elvis Presley artifacts in the house at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire was electrical. Rhodes College is the current steward of The King’s past home. While it isn’t as popular as Graceland, the house is the location for VIP events and private music concerts alongside Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes.

The house now helps people better understand the Memphis music scene. It’s certainly a great way to allow Presley’s musical career to live on.