The Australian property Priscilla Presley called home
The six-bedroom property in 49 Rowan Street in Bendigo, known as Villa Belgravia, is where the wife of the late Elvis Priscilla Presley stayed when she came to Australia last year to open a special and unique Elvis exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
AgentBec Allen of McKean McGregor Immobilier said the seller’s thoughts on Priscilla’s stay were that she was “a beautiful person” and it was an “honour” to welcome her home.
The regional gallery Victoria was the only venue in Australia to hold the exhibition, which was organized in partnership with Elvis’ family and the Graceland estate, and attracted a record 200,000 visitors, showing the depth of the superstar’s affection deceased and her inheritance.
Priscilla is mourning the death of the daughter she shared with Elvis, Lisa Marie, 54, who died suddenly of heart failure reported at a Los Angeles hospital on January 12, just two days after attending the Golden Globe Awards.
Elvis: Direct from Graceland opened in mid-2022 to acclaim. Items on display covered the King’s influence on music, design, art and pop culture and included his and Priscilla’s wedding outfits and sparkly Las Vegas jumpsuits.
The Rowan Street Propertyis Bendigo’s arts district, which is why Priscilla used it as her base, with the gallery at the end of the street.
The villa was built in 1869 and the intricate details bear witness to its past, with “unparalleled” views of the cathedral, Ms Allen said.
“The parapeted neo-Renaissance stucco exterior,” the listing explains, is decorated with seashell motifs in “a nod to the property’s history of being a safe haven for travellers.”
The house has been a much-loved place of lodging and a careful restoration and refurbishment has fused heritage with modern conveniences, from the cellar/wine room to the curvaceous contemporary bathtub in one of the six bathrooms and romantic terraces opening onto the bedrooms.
The property could continue to function as tourist accommodation, with the lower level being configured as two renovated independent apartments.
Ms Allen said interest in the property, which will be sold by an expressions of interest campaign ending on February 13, was around its substantial size and historic status.
It’s large enough for a family to live privately upstairs while still running a luxury Airbnb from the suites below.
Ms Allen said potential buyers are Bendigo locals, who know and appreciate the historic estate, and Melburnians.
Bendigo is Victoria’s third largest city behind Melbourne and Geelong, less than two hours drive northwest of Melbourne.