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Last week Your Mama spilled the real estate beans about former restaurateur and hotelier Peter Morton dropping nearly ten million clams to buy a French Regency meets mid-century modern style house in the once again super-swank, coveted and increasingly pricey Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills (CA) that, in the late 1960s, was the west coast home of newlyweds Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

At the time Your Mama heard from two separate sources that Mister Morton planned to tear the house down and replace it with something larger and more modern but the ever-clever kids at Curbed have subsequently reported that the property’s provenance—it was not only owned by Elvis Presley but originally designed by too-littled lauded master architect Rex Lotery—and a recently adopted preservation ordinance in Bev Hills may in fact prevent Mister Morton from tearing the existing residence down.

Your Mama recognizes that none of this to raze or not to raze bizness will matter much to most folks in places like Peoria and Timbuktu but we’ve come to understand from our more architecturally inclined confreres that his has become an eminently watchable real estate soap opera with dedicated architecture preservationists in Los Angeles and beyond.

listing photo: Coldwell Banker