A man's home is his castle - particularly when that man is known as The King.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Aaron Presley, a boy destined to become a cultural icon who would change the face of American music, film and fashion forever. It stands to reason that Presley, as well-known for his wild, flashy tastes as for his music and movie roles, would choose a home adorned with grandiose embellishments befitting rock and roll royalty - the 23-room, white-columned mansion known as Graceland.
Graceland, built in 1939, is a Classical Revival - a style of architecture identified by a prominent portico that dominates the front façade. Some of its most recognizable features - such as columns, a triangular gable on the porch roof, a semicircular fanlight above the front door and windows aligned in symmetrical rows - can be seen reflected in other styles of houses.
Whether you're looking for stately curb appeal or just a touch of whimsy, a bit of that Graceland style makes these homes on the market fit for a king. Betcha can't help falling in love with one.
>>> Photos: Homes for sale on LI with a touch of Graceland
Asking price: $5.985 million
Annual taxes: $75,216
Listing history: This 2003 home has been listed with Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes, Roslyn office (516-625-1300), since September 2008. It was previously listed at $7.495 million and $5.95 million.
Why it's fit for a king: This 12,000-square-foot center hall Colonial sits on a three-acre lot, which abuts a 50-acre preserve. It has eight bedrooms - the same number as Graceland - and 8.5 bathrooms. Listing agent Dalia Mairzadeh says, "The house is made specifically for outdoor entertainment." There's a full-service bar in the lower level, with walkout access to a pool with a waterfall and an eight-person Jacuzzi. There are two outdoor kitchens and a cabana with its own laundry facilities. The house features an indoor racquetball court (also like Graceland), an elevator and three fireplaces.
Asking price: $1.899 million
Annual taxes: $30,000
Listing history: This .91-acre property has been listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate (516-466-2100) in Great Neck since last month.
Why it's fit for a king: "It has views of the Lake Success golf course. You can see the club, the golf course and the lake," says Shari Windell, who is co-listing the property with Renee Staal. A circular drive leads to the front door; inside is a marble foyer and a winding staircase. This five-bedroom Colonial has two fireplaces and 3 1/2 bathrooms, as well as a home office. There's a glass-enclosed elevator on the exterior of the 1962 home. The 6,200-square-foot house includes a 1,200-square-foot great room, Windell says.
Asking price: $1.998 million
Annual taxes: $27,629
Listing history: This waterfront home has been listed with Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty (631-689-6980) in Stony Brook since June.
Why it's fit for a king: This 2002 Colonial has true Southern style - the owners had the architect visit a riverside home in Louisiana for inspiration. It's a Greek Revival - a close cousin to the Classical Revival - designed with historically correct details and modern conveniences. "The mahogany doors have transoms above them," says listing agent Miriam Ainbinder. "There are also mahogany pocket doors separating the front parlor and the back parlor," she says. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has three fireplaces and a fuel-efficient eight-zone radiant heating system. The gourmet kitchen has a marble island and Viking appliances. The 4.7-acre lot on the Nissequogue River is a horse property, with room to add a barn and paddock, Ainbinder says.
Asking price: $1.29 million
Annual taxes: $28,919
Listing history: This home has been listed with Netter Real Estate Inc. (631-661-5100) in West Islip since August. It was previously listed at $1.495 million and $1.39 million.
Why it's fit for a king: This 8,000- square-foot brick Colonial was built in 1919 by a notable New York financier, the late H.B. Hollins, for his son, Gerard, says co-listing agent Martin Hepworth. The four-acre property is the last major parcel of the Hollins' 600-acre Meadow Farm estate, and it borders the Islip Meadows Nature Preserve. "The way this house is situated, it's practically right in the middle of the four acres, so you have a huge front yard and a huge backyard," says Hepworth, who is co-listing the property with James Netter. The seven-bedroom house has six full bathrooms, three half-baths and six fireplaces. There's also a drawing room, a library, a sunroom and a media room.
Asking price: $749,000
Annual taxes: $11,680
Listing history: This four-bedroom home on a .6-acre lot has been listed with Realty Connect USA LLC (631-941-4300) in Setauket since last month.
Why it's fit for a king: "It sits on a slight little bluff," says listing agent Michael Ardolino. "It's on a nice country road that curves, and as you come upon the house it has a nice presentation. The columns make the house stand out. . . . It really gives it a nice curb appeal," he says. Inside, architectural highlights include crown moldings, wainscoting, and French doors leading out to the deck and backyard. The 1960 brick Colonial has a gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. It has 21/2 bathrooms, a home office and a great room. "It has hardwood floors throughout the home and many upgrades," Ardolino says.
Asking price: $479,000
Annual taxes: $9,604
Listing history: This home has been listed with Century 21 AA Realty in Seaford (516-826-8100) since June 2008. It was previously listed at $498,000 and $488,000.
Why it's fit for a king: Four new columns decorate the front of this five-bedroom splanch. The .13-acre lot is on a cul-de-sac that's just a five-minute drive from downtown Huntington, says listing agent Marie Ambrosio. "There's a beautiful office on the main floor," Ambrosio says. The eat-in kitchen features high-hat lighting and a center island. There's a cathedral ceiling in the formal living room, wood floors upstairs and Pergo on the main floor. The home has 21/2 bathrooms. The roof, gutters, boiler, hot water heater and thermostat are all new.