Ellen DeGeneres Buys $21 Million Montecito Home Inspired by Alhambra Palace
When one door closes, another opens, and no couple knows this concept better than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. The couple are constantly making real estate moves, particularly in the coastal town of Montecito, Calif., and just after listing a property in the area for $13.9 million last month, they bought another for $21 million. according to Dirt.
It’s not a small price to pay for a three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home, but that small number of bedrooms isn’t due to lack of space – the property is just under 12,000. square feet. What the residence lacks in space for overnight guests, it makes up for with an array of ultra-luxurious amenities, inside and out. The 2.4 acres of terraced grounds include a heated swimming pool, pickleball court, bocce court, koi pond, tennis court and dining area under a covered pergola overlooking everything.
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Inside, numerous distinct seating areas offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation, the most impressive being a room with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto an equally spacious covered balcony with views of the Pacific Ocean. Custom millwork, including a range of distinct ceiling textures that vary from room to room, adds to the plush feel of the space. According to Dirt, the design of the house was heavily influenced by the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain, explaining the excess of columns and the general grandiose ambiance of the place. It remains to be seen whether The Ellen DeGeneres Show the host and mainstream founder will live in the house or put it back on the market before this time next year.