Updated 3:34 pm: Word around the internet's celebrity real estate water cooler is that Ryan Seacrest has snapped up Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's major Beverly Hills compound, for either "close to" or "far less" than its $49 million asking price. The Coldwater Canyon property, which DeGeneres first started assembling in 2007, includes a 9,200 square foot main house designed by Buff & Hensman, two guesthouses, a three-bedroom house, and 2.87 acres of land. It was first listed last May for a rumored $60 million, but hit the MLS in October asking $49 million. Today TMZ reports that Seacrest "is paying within a couple of million dollars of the asking price. The deal is in escrow and it will close this week." However, The Hollywood Reporter says that "Another source close to the transaction said the sale is for far less than the asking price," so we'll have to see how that shakes out. Seacrest relisted his Mediterranean house in the Hills for $11.985 million just a couple weeks ago. Meanwhile, DeGeneres is becoming quite the real estate mover and shaker--in December it was revealed that she had bought Brad Pitt's modern Malibu beach house. Update: The Wall Street Journal reports the sale price is $37 million. THR now appears to concur with that number as well.
· RYAN SEACREST Buys Ellen DeGeneres' $49 Mil Estate [TMZ]
· Ryan Seacrest Buying Ellen DeGeneres' $49 Million Estate [THR]
· Did Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Just Chop $11 Million Off Their Beverly Hills Compound? [Curbed LA]