Rock-n-roll heiress Lisa Marie Presley–only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla and ex-wife of both Nic Cage and Michael Jackson–sold her compound in the upscale guard-gated community of Hidden Hills, CA in November 2010 for $5,000,000. The new owner, a Los Angeles-based physician, apparently had little use for Miz Presley’s 8,000-ish square foot mansion and its multiple outbuildings. Thanks to a snap-happy snitch we’ll call Heidi Hidesoutinhiddenhills the good doctor razed LMP’s mansion and much of the landscaping that once surrounded it in order to make way for his own–no doubt steroidal–version of Barbie’s Dream House.
Not long before she sold her house in Hidden Hills, Princess Presley and her fourth husband, music producer Michael Lockwood, plus their young twins and her two young-adult-aged kids from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, decamped for the U.K. The blended family reportedly settled into the humongous and historic Coes Hall, a sprawling estate in East Sussex very near a somewhat (in)famous estate called Saint Hill Manor, which happens to be Britain’s Scientology headquarters.
Of no particular relevance to this discussion but fascinating none the less is that Mister Keough served as the best man at LMP’s nuptials to her current husband. That children, is so damn civilized and modern that we just can’t stand it. Truly. Our point of view on the matter might seem odd to some but it is deeply informed by the friendly nature of our own blended family in which the children of Your Mama’s Big Daddy’s third wife–that would be our step-momma’s children from a previous betrothal–used to spend a week every summer at the beach with Your Mama’s Momma who was Big Daddy’s first wife. Does that make sense, bunnies? ‘Tis true.
Anyhoodles poodles, property records and previous reports reveal that the formidable but low-key (and wildly wealthy) Miss Presley paid $2,600,000 for her horsey Hidden Hills compound back in December 1993 when she was a dewy lass in her mid-twenties with the same swarthy and smoldering visage of her famous father. At the same time she bought the compound she paid another $625,000 for the adjacent property, a thickly-treed 1.47 acre parcel with a 2,842 square foot house tucked down a long drive at the back of the property that butts up to the Ahmanson Ranch. It’s widely reported that Miz Presley’s first hubby, Danny Keough, occupied the property in order that both parents could remain a constant presence in their childrens‘ lives.
Miz Presley first got ants in her real estate pants sometime before October 2009 when she officially listed her 3.07-acre equestrian compound with an optimistic asking price of $8,995,000. The property was de– and re-listed several times and by July 2010 the price tag had plummeted to $6,995,000.
The property encompassed a main residence with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms in about 8,000 square feet of interior space, a one bedroom guest house and a recreational annex with recording studio. A three-stall barn had an attached bedroom and pooper perfect for a beau-hunky live-in groomsman. The grounds, before they were scraped up by the present owner (see photo above), had broad rolling lawns with mature shade trees, an orchard, several outdoor entertaining areas, and a free-form swimming pool and spa with a water slide that swooshes through an imposing pile of boulders. Iffin we’re being honest, and we always are, we have no idea if the new owner kept of demolished the swimming pool area.
At the same time she listed her compound she put the house next door–where Mister Keough lived–on the block with an also optimistic asking price of $1,995,000. As mentioned above, Miz Presley sold her compound to a SoCal healerman for five million clams and property records show she sold Mister Keough’s crib in February 2011 for $1,200,000.
Other residents/property owners of the Hidden Hills include Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Melissa Etheridge and her ex-wife Tammy Lynn Michaels, David Boreanaz, Nicolette Sheridan, former tween and pre-tween heart throb Shaun Cassidy, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and back in the saddle pop phenom Britney Spears who recently leased a resort-like estate inside the gates of Hidden Hills that includes a 19,107 square foot mansion with 10 bedrooms and an unlucky 13 dirty business cans. Hidden Hills is also the family seat of the Kardashian clan.
Coes Hall, where Miz Presley and family may or may not currently reside –we really have no idea if they’ve maintained their expat status or scrambled back to the good ol‘ U.S. of A.–includes a substantial updated mansion with sections that date back to the 15th-century. The residence contains 11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 9 receptions rooms, a state of the art sound system and a cinema while the expansive and bucolic grounds offer a tennis court, a swimming pool complex with spa, parterre gardens, paddocks for the ponies and a private lake.
photo: Heidi Hidesoutinhiddenhills