Stand-up comedian and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Australian-American actress Portia de Rossi, are known to be avid house-flippers.
They reportedly sold a Beverly Hills property to Hollywood host Ryan Seacrest for US$37 million in 2012 and currently have a Beverly West apartment on the market for US$7 million.
The Tuscan-styled villa in Montecito of the Santa Barbara County, California, was hoped to be the end of their streak of buying, fixing up and selling properties. It was a predominant subject in DeGeneres’ book Home, where she said: “I really do hope we live here forever.”
But the couple decided that their time with the villa was up, and listed it for US$45 million via Sotheby’s International Realty. A spokesperson representing the sale, told the Wall Street Journal that the couple are selling because they are unable to spend as much time there as intended.
Located on a hilltop with views of the ocean, DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased the stone-clad villa in 2012 and expanded the estate through the acquisition of two adjacent properties, which now totals nearly 17 acres.
The couple went on to renovate and modernise the 1930s two-storey villa. Using stone excavated on the property, they managed to build an indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion, known as Jordan Hall, which includes a sun room, a dining room and an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven.
The roughly 10,500-square-foot villa also has six bedrooms, nine wood-burning fireplaces, a media room and several libraries and reading areas. Newly added amenities that complete the property consist of a lap pool and championship tennis court.
DeGeneres once said: “If you think of your home as a canvas — regardless of its style of architecture — you can put anything on it. I tend to keep painting the painting until it’s so done, there’s nothing left to do. That’s when I sell the canvas and buy a new one.”
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