Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have listed their 10,500-square-foot Californian home for $45 million. The Santa Barbara villa is everything you’d expect from a celebrity home; lavish, luxurious and eye-wateringly expensive.
Emulating the classic style of a 17th-century Italian villa, the 6-bedroom property is perched on a crest with breathtaking views of the ocean and harbour. It’s a prime spot, nestled among the mountains of Santa Barbara, which actually emulates that of the Tuscan countryside adding another layer of authenticity to the villa vibe.
The estate was built during the 1930s by famous American architect, Wallace Frost, after he returned from living in Italy, hence the Italian influences. Several decades later, the property underwent a five-year restoration by architectural designer John Saladino. The couple bought the villa in 2012 for £21.25 million.
Other Italian influences include rustic exposed ceiling beams, terracotta surfaces, 18th-century Italian tiles, wide wood flooring planks and a classic barrel-tiled roof. There are also vintage light fixtures and nine fireplaces, which add to the regal atmosphere of the villa.
One of the best features of the property is the seamless connection of outdoor and indoor spaces – typical of Californian design. Numerous glass double doors throughout the house lead to outdoor terraces and alfresco dining areas. A canopy of olive and eucalyptus trees provide some much welcome shade on hot summer days. There is also a Roman-style pool, a sunken tennis court and a stately guest house located in the 16 acres of grounds.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi put the property on the market in March 2017 for $45 million USD. Recently, the couple have knocked almost $6million off the asking price of their palatial property – which sits in the upscale enclave of Montecito – reducing it to a cool $39.5 million USD. You can watch tour around that fabulous property below:
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