Elvis Presley’s Audubon Home

These days, everyone knows the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lived in his own castle: Graceland.

But when you’re somewhere between up-and-coming star and legendary rock star, where do you call home?

The answer: 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee.

This is Elvis' home on Audubon Drive. Notice the mailbox says, "The Presleys."

This is Elvis’ home on Audubon Drive. Notice the mailbox says, “The Presleys.”

 

This card was given to the Presleys by the realtor.

This card was given to the Presleys by the realtor.

Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13, and for the next eight years, the family lived in several apartments and homes. But in early 1956, Elvis found success with a little tune you may have heard – “Heartbreak Hotel” – and he used the profits from that to purchase a home for his family in Memphis. This home was the first owned by the Presleys in Memphis.

Elvis and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, enjoyed singing around the piano at the Audubon home.

Elvis and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, enjoyed singing around the piano at the Audubon home.

Elvis purchased the home from the Welsh Plywood Corporation for $29,500, on March 12, 1956. He paid a $500 down payment on March 3.

The Audubon Drive home, built in 1954, has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. It didn’t have a fence at first, but as Elvis’ popularity grew, he added one. The fence even included some music notes, though those have since been removed. Elvis also had a pool installed.

This photo was taken outside the Audubon home after Elvis had returned from a tour. Notice the band's gear still strapped to the car in the background. The Pink Cadillac is behind Elvis, too.

This photo was taken outside the Audubon home after Elvis had returned from a tour. Notice the band’s gear still strapped to the car in the background. The Pink Cadillac is behind Elvis, too.

 

This is part of the paperwork for the Pink Cadillac. The family's address is listed as 1034 Audubon Drive.

This is part of the paperwork for the Pink Cadillac. The family’s address is listed as 1034 Audubon Drive.

Elvis’ neighbors on Audubon Drive truly had a rock star as a neighbor. He’d already made his first national television appearances. His first album arrived in stores about a week and a half after he purchased the house. He performed hundreds of concerts across the country. Audubon Drive was his home while he made his first movie, “Love Me Tender.” After he jammed out with his fellow Memphis musicians in the Million Dollar Quartet, he went home to – you guessed it – Audubon Drive.

Elvis and his parents lived on Audubon Drive for about a year before they purchased Graceland, which he called home for the rest of his life.

Like all proud parents, Gladys and Vernon decorated the home with photos of their son.

Like all proud parents, Gladys and Vernon decorated the home with photos of their son.

Today, 1034 Audubon Drive is privately owned.

If you love learning about Elvis, his life and his music, come to Memphis and visit Graceland.

Watch our first “Hidden Graceland” episode of our web series, Gates of Graceland to see a special mirror that Elvis brought with him from Audubon to Graceland.


3 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed the pictures and info regarding the first home Elvis bought. Thank you

  2. Liam Grant

    All Elvis news is good news—except for THE BIG SAD ONE of course. Elvis was and Elvis IS.

  3. Vicki Fritz

    I love Elvis history. Thank you for executing beautifully.
    Entertaining seeing expanded photo of Elvis w person in back round, walking up driveway.
    Great clear detailed photo of fence an mailbox.

    Bravo!

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