Ellen DeGeneres drops millions on Montecito mansion
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have bought a 13-acre estate in Montecito that had been listed at $26.5 million. The purchase price has not yet appeared in the public record.
The restored Tuscan-style villa and gardens has undergone years and “millions and millions” of dollars in reconstruction work under the care of its earlier owner, architect and designer John Saladino.
The two-story villa was built in the late 1920s from locally quarried stone. The property is entered through wrought-iron gates. A quarter-mile driveway winds through olive and eucalyptus trees.
Downstairs, the villa includes an 800-square-foot living room, a dining room and a library/media room. The state-of-the-art kitchen adjoins a breakfast room that opens to gardens with 30-foot Italian cypresses and a mature olive tree.
The master bedroom and bathroom -- with under-floor heating -- and a second en suite bedroom are also downstairs; three more en suite bedrooms and a sitting room are upstairs. Bathroom fixtures include a Roman hand basin and an Italian neoclassical marble tub, dating from about 1720.
There are nine fireplaces, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms in 10,500 square feet of living space. Guest quarters include a bedroom and bathroom.
The grounds include a swimming pool. A Roman column, dating from 200 B.C., stands in the garden.
The talk show host and her actress wife own several properties in Southern California.