×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi List Santa Barbara Estate

SELLERS: Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
LOCATION: Montecito, CA
PRICE: $45,000,000
SIZE: (approx.) 10,500 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Property gossip column staples Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are back on the real estate merry-go-round having hoisted their unquestionably sumptuous and sophisticated but still quite comfortable-looking, art-filled ocean-view estate near Santa Barbara, CA, on the open market with an asking price of $45 million. Property records suggest the real estate-mad couple purchased two of the estate’s three parcels in May 2013 for $26.5 million and concurrently splashed out another $2.3 million for an adjoining vacant parcel that brought their combined outlay to $28.8 million and the total size of the stately, gated estate to 16.88 acres.

The famously design-savvy pair subsequently made substantial renovations to the six-bedroom Tuscan-style main house, which has six full and two half bathrooms. They also made several no-doubt brutally costly additions to the estate, including the installation of a sunken tennis court and a second swimming pool as well as the construction of a luxuriously appointed pool-side entertainment pavilion identified in marketing materials as “Jordan Hall.”

The sprawling, multi-winged main house, a carefully calibrated and decidedly upscale take on an authentic 17th century Italian farmhouse, sits at the end of a quarter-mile long driveway that snakes through thick stands of olive and eucalyptus tress. The approximately 10,500-square-foot residence was originally designed and built in the mid-1930s by architect Wallace Frost as his personal residence and was later owned and extensively renovated by celebrated interior designer John Saladino who sold the estate in early 2012 for $16.5 million to New Zealand businessman Tom Sturgess who pocketed a fortune when he flipped it to DeGeneres and de Rossi just over a year later.

Constructed with locally quarried stone, the photogenic mansion features a barrel-shaped terra-cotta tile roof, elegantly filigreed wrought iron details, a rustic-luxe mix of stone and wide-plank hardwood floors, exposed wood beamed ceilings, 18th-century Italian tile accents, and vintage light fixtures. Public and family spaces include a baronially-proportioned living room, a formal dining room that easily seats a dozen, multiple libraries and reading nooks, and a family/media room. The sleekly appointed kitchen adjoins both a breakfast room with gigantic arched window and a cozy sitting room where one of the mansion’s nine fireplaces is cleverly tucked up under a stone staircase.

The expansive, hillside property, which surely requires a small army and huge amount of money to maintain, additionally includes a spacious guest apartment and the aforementioned entertainment pavilion, Jordan Hall. The cottage-like structure overlooks one of the estate’s two swimming pools and incorporates a tin-roofed screened porch and an open plan interior with vaulted exposed wood ceiling, several lounge areas, a fireplace and a sculptural wet bar. Jordan Hall also includes a huge, high-end kitchen with reclaimed wood cabinetry, a bathroom that opens to a walled courtyard with an outdoor bathtub, and a ramada-shaded al fresco dining terrace with built-in barbecue and pizza oven.

DeGeneres and De Rossi’s typically in-flux residential property portfolio currently includes a low-slung, mid-century era residence secreted down a long, gated driveway in a prime pocket of Beverly Hills scooped up in a November 2015 off-market deal for $15,995,000 as well as two adjacent but uncombined, house-sized condominiums at the fancy-pants Beverly West tower on Wilshire Boulevard, both of which were acquired in July 2014 for a combined cost of $16 million and both of which are currently for sale on the open market, one at $6,995,000 and the other at $7,995,000.

Listing photos: Sotheby’s International Realty

More Dirt

  • Sandra Bullock House

    Sandra Bullock Seeks Sale of Oceanfront Compound on Georgia's Tybee Island

    Few movie stars maintain a property portfolio as thick and robust as Sandra Bullock who seeks to somewhat lighten her considerable real estate load, putting a two-residence, multi-acre oceanfront compound on Georgia’s Tybee Island up for sale at $6.5 million. About 20 minutes drive outside downtown Savannah at the northern end of the scenic, low-lying [...]

  • Nate Berkus House

    Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent Sell Marta Kauffman’s Former Hancock Park Estate

    After just three months on the open market, designer/decorators and veteran TV personalities Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, married co-hosts of TLC’s “Nate & Jeremiah by Design,” have sold a stately spread in the posh heart of L.A.’s historic and historically wealthy Hancock Park neighborhood for a smidgen less than $11.35 million. While an unattainably [...]

  • Melissa McCarthy House

    Melissa McCarthy Seeks Short-Term Tenant in Toluca Lake (EXCLUSIVE)

    A smartly maintained and updated, 1940s bungalow in L.A.’s affluent Toluca Lake community that is owned by deft comedy actress turned critically acclaimed leading lady Melissa McCarthy has popped up as a short-term furnished rental at $10,000 per month. The 2019 “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Oscar nominee, also nominated in 2012 for her scatologically [...]

  • Tracy Morgan House

    Tracy Morgan Loses Small Fortune on Former New Jersey Residence (EXCLUSIVE)

    After nearly a year on the market at steadily declining prices that started at nearly $2.25 million, Tracy Morgan has sold his former home in Cresskill, N.J., for $1.2 million. Unfortunately for the seriously irreverent “Last O.G.” star, the sale price is not just an astonishing 25% below than the not quite $1.6 million final [...]

  • Orlando Bloom House

    Orlando Bloom Lists Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad

    Just about a month after he got engaged — in a helicopter on Valentines Day to pop music cynosure Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom has not too surprisingly put his ultra-modern Beverly Hills, Calif., bachelor pad up for sale at $8.999 million. The “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise beau-hunk, who has [...]

  • Christie Brinkley Swaps New York Apartments

    Christie Brinkley Swaps Rented Condos in Manhattan (EXCLUSIVE)

    Word has slipped down the celebrity-property-gossip grapevine that Christie Brinkley and her pooch Chester have settled into a new and pricey rented apartment in New York City’s West Village that was last listed at $25,000 per month. Owned by a real estate investment concern and located on the higher floor of a swank, multi-building complex [...]

  • Krista Vernoff Lists Los Feliz Home

    'Grey's Anatomy' Showrunner Krista Vernoff Seeks Sale of Los Feliz Home (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fresh on the heels of inking a multiyear deal with ABC to create and develop new projects under their Trip the Light Prods. banner, “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff and producing partner/husband Alexandre Schmitt, an accomplished music video and commercial producer, have listed their solar-powered home in a quiet corner of L.A.’s Los Feliz area [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content