At age 21 Elvis bought the 4 bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house at 1034 Audubon Drive with his early song royalties. Elvis, his parents, Vernon and Gladys and grandmother lived there for a year before moving to the two-story colonial house known as Graceland. A month after moving into the Audubon Drive, “Heartbreak Hotel” became a hit #1 ultimately ending any privacy for the Presley family. When fans lined the street the police had to be called frequently. During his one year stay at Audubon Drive home, Elvis became a multiple hit recording artist with RCA, movie star, teen idol, breadwinner for his family.
Elvis in the front yard of his home at 1034 Audubon Drive in May 29, 1956. When this photo was taken, Elvis had just returned from touring with the band’s instruments still packed on the roof of his car. His famous pink Cadillac can be seen over his right shoulder.