Ellen DeGeneres Sells Montecito’s Historic Porter House to Ariana Grande
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The sleepy city of Montecito in Santa Barbara County has more than just a fair share of celebrities - Gwyneth Paltrow, Rob Lowe, Meg Ryan and especially Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres - but it's about to do a big jerk star performance from one of its residents to get latest homeowner, pop music superstar Ariana Grande.
Real estate records clearly confirm that, fresh from her $ 13.7 million purchase in the Hollywood Hills, she unexpectedly spent another $ 6.75 million on Montecito's historic Porter House, a quaint and quirky English Tudor-style property that was sold by talk show tycoon Ellen DeGeneres and her actress Ms. Portia de Rossi.
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After thinking, it may come as no surprise that Grande bought another house so soon after her first acquisition. For years she has leased two million dollar homes, one in the mountains above Beverly Hills and the other in the hills above Sherman Oaks. The latter property has long been inhabited by a family member, so it is entirely possible that the Montecito house should (or should not) be the primary residence of that family member.
The Porter House was originally built in England in the 18th century as two separate barns. At some point, the double structures were eventually dismantled and carefully shipped to California, where they were carefully converted into a single, villa-sized refuge that was connected by a glazed solarium. Today, the connected houses comprise a combined living space of 5,500 square meters with just two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two guest toilets.
Inside the property is an impressive selection of rare vintage furniture, all pieces selected by DeGeneres, and not just one but two kitchens that are Architectural Digest-worthy. One of them is equipped with a glass-fronted refrigerator that costs slightly more than a basic BMW 3 Series.
Some of the idyllic house's Narnia-like rooms include a huge living room, an octagonal library with antique casement windows, a loft-like cave with a view of the main living room with a fireplace, and a high-level master bedroom with a view of a second living room with another fireplace. The master bath has two vanities and a tub with a large window. Outside there are fairytale gardens with stone paths and brick patios where you can dine al fresco.
DeGeneres has received a lot of criticism from critics and her own crew members lately, but she'll whistle away her worries and laugh at the bank about this deal. Records show that she and de Rossi only bought the house last January for about $ 3.6 million. After a quick renovation by her team of experienced designers, the place was back on the market three months later, and Grande paid almost the full price - a $ 3 million profit for sellers before taxes, property fees and the not inconsiderable remodeling cost .
de Rossi and DeGeneres continue to maintain a $ 27 million Balinese-inspired property elsewhere in Montecito, as well as a modest apartment in the area, probably for a family or an employee. The couple also own a Beverly Hills home they bought from Adam Levine last year for $ 42.5 million and tacitly sold it outside the market with a $ 58 million price tag.
Village Properties' Riskin Partners held the listing; Suzanne Perkins of Compass repeated Grande.
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