'Honeymoon Hideaway' Fate - Page 2

Famous Alexander desert home finally has new owner after four years of price slashes
Fridays on the Homefront
Bob and Helene Alexander lounge at home as part of Look magazine's spread from 1962.

Before the Elvis hordes latched their western-states focus on it, Look magazine had dubbed the dwelling "the house of tomorrow" in an eight-page spread in 1962. It continues to attract periodic print and television media attention, even apart from its availability, including outlets like Architectural Digest, the Travel Channel and Fuji Television Network.

Histed says the circular-themed design is the property's strongest asset, noting, "The house has got four circular pods and they're all connected."

The house was priced about twice as high as most homes in the neighborhood, albeit significantly lower per square foot because of its size.

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Master bedroom today.

"There's no 'comp' for that house per se," suggested the realtor. Nonetheless, he attributed finding a buyer largely to a local dry spell in the desert market: "There was nothing left in the neighborhood."

Condition of the home no doubt played a part in its 62 percent tumble in asking price over the past six years, for as the realtor concedes, "It is a bit of a fixer-upper."

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Inside the kitchen today.

"It really [needs] pretty much everything," he confessed, listing a new roof, plumbing, and electrical systems among its needs. "The person that bought it is going to redo it."

Be that as it may, the 'Hideaway' no longer matters to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Like 2020 soon will, the King—and Look magazine, for that matter—has moved on.