Ellen DeGeneres Flips Out in The Holmby Hills (And More)

SELLERS: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi DeGeneres
BUYER: Sean Parker
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif.
PRICE: $55,000,000
SIZE: 2.22 acres, 11,511 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Buckle your real estate safety belts, butter beans, because just this one’s gonna make y’all Monday morning jaws drop with real estate flabbergast.

Barely six months ago veteran chat show hostess Ellen DeGeneres and her recently rehabbed actress wife Portia De Rossi DeGeneres shelled out a bone-melting $39,888,000 for the downright fabulous A. Quincy Jones designed Brody House in L.A.’s Holmby Hills ‘hood.

Now, amid a flurry of cheating and divorce rumors, comes word via celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ that the perennially peripatetic couple quietly flipped Brody House for an astonishing $55 million to billionaire Napster founder Sean Parker and his new wife Alexandra Lenas.* That’s right, kids, fifty-five million bucks.

So the story goes the De Rossi-DeGenereses weren’t actually looking to unload the Brody House but the Parkers just had to have the pedigreed property and the all-cash deal went down late last week after an ever-so-brief 8-day escrow.

The estate spans 2.22 acres and includes an 11,500+ square foot house with 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, a swimming pool, tennis court and extensive grounds.

In immediate need of a place, the women quickly spent about $16 million for a pair of adjacent condos that together measure more than 8,000 square feet and comprise a full floor at the super-luxe and newly erected 21-story (and 35-residence) Beverly West Residences that anchors the eastern terminus of the so-called Wilshire Corridor and overlooks the swanky L.A. Country Club.

Building amenities include a saltwater swimming pool and whirlpool spa, outdoor entertainment area with built-in barbecue, conference facility, fitness center with Pilates room, 24-7 staff services (valet, concierge, doorman) and all the security money can buy. That’s all well and good but we give the ladies nine months to a year before they pull out their checkbook and snap up another high-priced and high maintenance estate in one of the more expensive zip codes in L.A.

The Missus De Genereses still own a swank,9.9-acre spread with an 8,000-plus-square-foot, John Saladino-designed Italian villa in Montecito, Calif., they picked up in May 2013 for $26.5 million but who would be surprised if they sold that, too, right?

Even though he recently declared they don’t actually live there, Mister Parker continues to own Bacchus House, a six-story, turn-of-the-century townhouse in New York City’s West Village that he bought from Italian vermouth heir Enrico Marone Cinzano up in the last days of 2010 for $20,000,000. (He reportedly bunked at The Plaza Hotel for a couple years while the townhouse was being renovated.) He also owns a multi-million dollar home in San Francisco and, according to a 2011 report in Forbes, he owns (or owned) an 18-acre spread in Marin but honestly, children, we don’t know anything about that.

*For the record, Your Mama heard a few weeks ago that Mister Parker was thisclose to acquiring another property on one of the finer streets in Brentwood that we hear is being quietly shopped off market in the $30 million range.

listing photos: MLS (via TMZ)

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  1. me says:

    “Building amenities include a saltwater swimming pool”

    I hate those.

  2. owen says:

    Great house and grounds but I can do without the black roof trim. Turns it into a high-end tract. Bummer.

  3. Rosco Mare says:

    For an approx $15.1m gain, excluding costs, I would be tempted to sell too. However, seeing the very special MCM Brody house rapidly changing hands like a baseball card with no real owner attachment makes me sad.

    After the house was completed in 1950, Sid and Francie Brody lived in their masterpiece for the rest of their lives, enjoying the estate and maximizing their investment.

    For the current generation, expensive LA real estate is like a cigarette: have to have a new one every 20 minutes.

  4. owen says:

    Can’t believe Variety’s IT people still have a job after the mess they’re still not addressing on functionality. Focus group, anyone?

    • Chuck Raney says:

      One issue is they insist on re-loading the whole page AND re-centering it each time, so annoying. It is jr. high level IT at best. If you click anything, it reloads whole page. gahhh. Be much faster for a new window or simply using overall “page” as a template, just load what I want to see within the template.
      On another note, Variety has interesting jobs posted. I thought about applying for the Disney Writer. Sounds interesting. Too bad they have that thing called Experience in there. Grrrrrr.

      • Chuck Raney says:

        I see what you did there owen, Reese’s Pieces. ahhaha. +10 owen.

      • owen says:

        RE: This site mess:
        Hilarious how the 3 part properties slide show on top features 12 day old write ups. I say this because there are two new write ups. I’d think a new Ellen would trump an old Lohan or Reeses pieces…. zzzzz. Is anybody listening??? Hu-loooo IT. Put updating DIRT on your things to do list. Thanks.

  5. meg conway says:

    Thank-you lil gay boy! Ellen will love to adopt you-I’m certain she’s working on the papers now. Meg

  6. Chuck Raney says:

    I just had my very fisrt comment removed ? or? I merely said, ole Ellen, sure does buy and sell rapidly. She has many properties, this is not even her main home. Ellen should have her own blog *insert laughter.
    Mods, This is tongue-in-cheek.

  7. lil' gay boy says:

    …I want what I want, when I want it…” — so be it.

    As long as we’re making requests of the DeGenereses, I’d like to be adopted by them.

    Like, right now


  8. meg conway says:

    ellen, first I’m not asking anything of you but your signature on a petition, and a request that you boycott doing business in North Carolina until this discriminatory common law, which further harms the injured, be eliminated.
    I further ask that, should you have a moment, please call Jack Cecil CEO Biltmore Farms and ask him why, when his insurer used the common law and denied almost all medical expenses, denied lost income and denied pain and suffering, for an injury resulting from a hazard created on his property, why he, himself, didn’t provide the compensation.
    I’m trying to sell my home before it goes to foreclosure. Encouragement from you, Ms Degeneres I believe would make Jack (otherwise known as Mr. Potter of It’s a Wonderful Life, and his company Bleakmore Farms), change his mind.
    Please read and sign. And please let your friends know to stay away from North Carolina; companies who aren’t held accountable are not safe. And discrimination against the injured and disabled is, as many couples know here, just the tip of the discriminatory iceberg.
    Meg Conway, Asheville NC

    ps Rosa Parks I’m not, but no one else seems to want to face and speak out about what happens here

    • john t says:

      Meg, I am a Southern straight male that is embarrassed by my great state’s approval of allowing me to marry my cousin but not my male cousin. The problem I have with boycotting is that the average guy like myself that loves Andy Cohen will get be put in a more terrible financial position than I have had the last six or so years. The boys in Raleigh will continue to be jerks and feel little of the financial pinch. Speak out but do not cash out sister.

      • meg conway says:

        Point taken John t. I don’t want financial harm for any “innocent bystanders”; and I don’t want anyone else physically hurt.
        Boycotts do harm the innocent, I can definitely just ask that the industry and any readers be aware of the safety issues so that they can make their own decisions about whether it’s safe to come here. As you see from my petition it’s difficult to know how many become informed.
        Since I will move as soon as I can, I hope that those here like yourself become the representatives of this state, and provide the conscience for those companies like Bleakmore Farms and Heartless Insurance. Here’s to a non-discriminatory state, corporations with conscience, and healthy financial futures. Meg Conway, Asheville NC

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