The doors to the King of Rock'n'Roll's Palm Springs castle will soon open to the public again. A co-owner of Elvis Presley's home at 845 W. Chino Canyon announced on Saturday that the 5,100-square-foot building will be available for tours by Oct.1. Rade Raicevic said the next few weeks will be spent redecorating the home and tours will later be offered for $20 per person, seven days a week.
"We have tourists from different parts of the world and I never know when they're coming," he said of the home's fame. Elvis owned the house and used it as a winter getaway from 1970 until he died in 1977. Sitting at the top of a hill in the Chino Canyon neighborhood, it includes a view of the city from its backyard and inside there's a studio and dance room.
Raicevic said minimal numbers of visitors will be allowed since the home is on a narrow residential street. The announcement came after a Riverside County Court ruled on July 22 that Raicevic and Nevada-based Financial Bonanza LLC owned the home after a previous occupant, Reno Fontana, failed to pay back a loan from 2006.
"It would be a shame not to open it to the public because this is where Elvis lived. It's such a great part of history." Owners tell me they hope to have it open to the public as early as October. Rubin says Reno Fontana has threatened to appeal the court's decision.