Inside Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi's Sprawling Santa Barbara Villa
There's a certain expectation that celebrity homes will be three things: grand, expensive, and
The couple just listed the 10,500-square-foot home for $45 million, and it's apparent it was designed to awe. Sitting on what was once two adjacent properties (now a 16.88-acre piece of land), the villa overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by mountains. It has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, plus a fitness room, library,
One of the most stunning features is the home's seamless integration of outdoor and indoor living—typical of California design. An alfresco dining area is nestled below mature trees that provide cool shade on hot summer days, a Roman-style pool is surrounded by lush expanses of grass, and olive and eucalyptus trees line the twisting quarter-mile drive to the entry's 18th-century Spanish gates.
"The surrounding gardens and olive trees are almost as wonderful as the interior," DeGeneres told Sotheby's International Realty. "The house truly feels like it was built out of the landscape, rather than plopped on a plot. It feels
DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased the villa, which was featured in DeGeneres' book Home in 2012 for $26.5 million, according to People. The estate was built in the 1930s by famed American architect Wallace Frost, who had just returned from living in Italy, entranced by the villas there. Decades later, the home was given a five-year restoration by architectural designer John Saladino, who was captivated by its "mix of grandeur and modesty."
"The house is always surprising," DeGeneres told Sotheby's. "It reveals itself to you in new ways every day. It's not overly manicured or tidy. It's not overly precious or perfect. And it's a home that manages to be both spacious and cozy at once."
Other Italian influences include a classic barrel-tiled roof, wide wood flooring planks, rustic exposed ceiling
DeGeneres has made an impression as an incredibleand decorator, with her own home lines ranging from to . Where she and de Rossi are headed next, we're not sure, but it can only be predicted that it will be as intricately designed and beautiful as this home.
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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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