…through the Celebrity Real Estate Gossip Grapevine that property mad and famously peripatetic comedienne/chat show host Ellen Degeneres has set her real estate sights on ex-pat American actor Brad Pitt’s bluff-clinging beach crib in Malibu, CA, currently listed at $13,750,000.
We first heard this both surprising and not so surprising celebrity real estate rumor from the self-monikered Ms. Malibooya who yesterday sent Your Mama a covert communique that said little more than “Ellen is buying Brad’s PCH [Pacific Coast Highway] home this week.”
Natch, our real estate interests prodded and piqued, Your Mama snatched up our bedraggled princess phone and dialed a few of our snitchy sources who sometimes know a thing or two about Miz Degeneres’ relentlessly ceaseless case of The Celebrity Real Estate Fickle.
A trusted and well-connected informant we’ll call Sassy Sassandfrass told us she had not heard that particular rumor but did go on to whisper that Miz Degeneres is “getting nutsy kooko” to sell the sprawling Beverly Hills, CA compound she shares with wife Portia de Rossi and currently has on the open market with a saber-rattling $49,000,000 price tag.
A third little birdie, a very successful Bev Hills real estate insider we’ll call Donald Doesalotofbigdeals, quickly returned our query on the matter and confided that the same rumor had rolled down his pike.
Make of all that what you will children but do try to keep in mind this ain’t nuthin’ but a little celebrity real estate scuttlebutt at this point, just some rumor and gossip. Okay?
Mister Pitt purchased the 1.26-acre ocean front estate in March 2005 for $8,410,000 and, although quietly available long before, Mister Pitt officially put the property on the open market in mid-August (2011) with an asking price of $13,750,000.
Listing information shows Mister Pitt’s glassy beach front pad sits on 1.26 very private bluff top acres, measures 4,088 square feet and includes a total of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Electronic gates open to a long, tree-lined driveway that slopes downward as it passes a tennis court and lap lane swimming pool. The angular and updated mid-century modern house hugs a grassy courtyard with outdoor fireplace and opens on the ocean side of the house to a wide, glass-railed deck thrillingly cantilevered over the rugged bluff.
The property mad Sapphic sisters have owned so many residences over the years it would take Melvil Dewey himself to sort out and catalog their numerous transactions. In a rare moment of brevity, instead of prattling on about all the many previously owned properties, we’ll simply say that addition to their current compound in Beverly Hills, the one listed at $49,000,000, the Missus Degeneres and de Rossi own a couple of other properties but most notably a 26.29-acre horse farm and residential compound in the Hidden Valley area near Thousand Oaks (CA). Deeds and docs we peeped show they bought the fully-loaded equestrian facility in May 2009 for $8,500,000 and flipped it back on the open market almost exactly two years later in May 2011 with an asking price of $16,500,000. The farm property was taken off the open market in October.
listing photos: Coldwell Banker / Malibu West