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.
- Romantic Villa Santa Barbara [Suzanne Perkins | Sotheby’s International Realty]
- Ellen DeGeneres Lists Lavish Montecito Property for $45 Million [WSJ]
- Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi list their stunning Santa Barbara villa for $45M [Curbed]