Former Palm Springs home of Col. Parker, Elvis’ manager, seeks $2.4 million – Daily News

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A mid-century modern Palm Springs home that once belonged to Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, for 20 years has come on the market.

The asking price is $2.395 million.

Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis Presley, pictured smoking a cigar, circa 1955. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Set on a quarter-acre lot in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, the house — located just around the corner from the famed “Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway” that sold late last year for $2.6 million — was designed by architectural duo Dan Palmer and William Krisel in partnership with the Alexander Construction Co. The house was completed in 1957 and renovated in the late 1990s.

Within 2,616 square feet of living space are three bedrooms and bathrooms, an updated eat-in kitchen and a combined living and dining room.

The family room can double as a fourth bedroom.

There’s also an office.

A pool and spa, fire pit, dining area and wet bar set against a backdrop of mountain views are among the outdoor perks.

Scott Histed of Bennion Deville Homes holds the listing.

Parker, a Dutch immigrant who was born Andreas van Kuijk, discovered Presley in 1955. He became the entertainer’s sole manager receiving 50% of Presley’s earnings.

That role made him a very wealthy man.

Known by the honorary title of Colonel, he negotiated the entertainer’s merchandising deals and appearances on the big and small screen. He even persuaded Presley to give up the concert stage and then orchestrated his big Las Vegas comeback show in 1969.

It was during that time that Parker and his wife, Marie, settled in Palm Springs.

Their home on Vista Vespero originally belonged to William Morris Agency chairman Abe Lastfogel and his wife, Frances. In the book “The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley,” author Alanna Nash writes that Parker sweet-talked Lastfogel’s missus into selling him the home while she was in the hospital.

County records show a property transfer in 1966.

Histed said the Parkers lived in the home when Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. The Colonel and his neighbor, Aladdin hotel and casino owner Milton Prell, orchestrated the newlyweds’ escape to Las Vegas, he added.

“Colonel Parker often entertained Elvis” and a group of friends the King had nicknamed the Memphis Mafia “with his famous barbecues,” the listing reads.

A commercial-grade walk-in freezer that Parker kept well-stocked with meat remains in the home.

Parker managed Presley until the star’s death in 1977 at 42.

In the early 1980s, he was sued for mismanaging and defrauding the late star’s estate out of millions of dollars for personal gain. He counter-sued and an out-of-court settlement was reached and resolved in 1983.

Parker sold his Palm Springs home in 1987, according to Histed, after Marie died. In 1990, he remarried. He and his second wife, Loanne, moved to Las Vegas where Parker suffered a stroke and died in 1997 at 87,

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