Ellen DeGeneres Seeks $40 Million for Bali-Esque Montecito Compound
In a move that should surprise few, Ellen DeGeneres and her longtime wife, Portia de Rossi, put their Montecito oasis on the hill for sale, publicly charging the sizeable spread with a $ 39.9 million price tag. The heavily fortified, several hectare complex offers breathtaking views of the sea, four different structures, a magazine-worthy swimming pool and interiors with a distinctly Southeast Asian-inspired flair.
For the past two decades, the comedian, recently besieged by an avalanche of reports of mistreatment, misconduct, and falling audience ratings on her talk show of the same name, and de Rossi owned a variety of expensive homes in Southern California, most of them in Los Angeles and the tiny, but legendary noble enclave on the sea of Montecito. The couple, however, rarely hold onto any of their properties for more than two years and instead often opts to renovate the houses - with the help of their well-oiled machine from real estate specialists - and flip them over with huge profits.
Most of the Montecito spread was bought for $ 27 million in early 2019. Since then, DeGeneres and de Rossi have expanded the complex with the purchase of adjoining property valued at $ 1.9 million and continuously expanded the property to 9.3 acres. The couple have also made numerous planning and building improvements, including installing a new security hut for a full-time bodyguard. (The property, which is widely reported to have been broken into in the summer of 2020, has since undergone a major security upgrade with high-tech cameras and infrared lasers.)
The christened Salt Hill, the main part of the gated site, was completed in 2011 by the previous owner, a local philanthropist. It comprises a low main house with a living space of almost 8,200 square feet but only 3 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, a nearly 1,400 square foot guest house, a detached cabana / fitness room with 721 square feet and another full bath. and the aforementioned security bureau, which spans approximately 400 square feet.
Through an all-glass entrance door, the main house opens directly to a huge room with a detailed wooden ceiling treatment, a fireplace and the casual, luxurious decor aesthetic that has become DeGeneres' trademark. Fleetwood glass door walls border a loggia with plenty of space for al fresco dining. This loggia is also accessible from the kitchen, which is made of black marble and exotic woods and includes the full range of state-of-the-art stainless appliances.
The sprawling grounds of the property rival any five-star boutique hotel and include ancient oak trees, acres of native planting, a koi pond, several patios and at least two fire pits, tall banana plants, rolling banks with lush lawns, a secluded sports field. and hundreds of old trees.
The crown jewel of the property, however, is undeniably the swimming pool, which is negatively bordered on all sides and protrudes from some angles, as if it were pointing far below at the aquapacific - or giving the middle finger.
Although their real estate portfolio continues to grow, DeGeneres and de Rossi currently continue to maintain a $ 42.5 million Beverly Hills mansion, acquired by Adam Levine in 2019, and a small condominium elsewhere in the Montecito area, which was likely purchased as living space for employees or a less financially happy family member.
Riskin Partners of Village Properties are keeping the listing.
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