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Ellen DeGeneres asking $45M for majestic Montecito villa

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A huge Italian-style house with excellent views

Prolific house flippers Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are at it again. The couple just listed a huge Italian-style villa in Montecito they purchased in 2013 for $26.5 million.

As the Wall Street Journal reports, the Santa Barbara County home was idyllic enough that DeGeneres at one point considered hanging onto it (writing as much in her 2015 book, Home: The Art of Effortless Design).

The 10,500-square-foot home was built in 1934 by architect Wallace Frost and served as his personal residence.

On a nearly 17-acre lot, the home is surrounded by trees and features excellent views of the ocean and nearby mountains. It’s accessed via a one-quarter-mile drive, and the grounds include sculptures, fountains, gardens, and, of course, a swimming pool. New editions to the property include a lap pool, tennis court, and entertainment pavilion.

Inside are six bedrooms, six baths, nine fireplaces, a large living room and dining area, a media room, and more than one library. The striking design includes beamed and vaulted ceilings, enormous windows and glass-paneled doors, Italian tile floors, and walls made from locally quarried stone.

If it sales for its asking price of $45 million, the property would be one of the priciest homes that DeGeneres and de Rossi have sold.

In 2012, Ryan Seacrest purchased a Coldwater Canyon property from the couple for $37.5 million. Two years later, they sold an A. Quincy Jones-designed residence in Holmby Hills to Napster founder Sean Parker for a whopping $55 million.