NEW YORK and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and Emmy-winning actress Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Australian–American actress Portia de Rossi, have listed their storied Santa Barbara villa for sale with Suzanne Perkins of luxury real estate brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. for $45 million.
Prominently featured in Ellen’s 2015 book Home and known as ‘The Villa,’ the estate dates to the 1930s when celebrated architect Wallace Frost, having recently returned from living in Italy, built the two-story, 10,500-square-foot residence for himself, emulating the classical style of 17th-century Italian villas with great accuracy. Decades later, acclaimed architectural designer John Saladino fell in love with its “mix of grandeur and modesty” and commenced a five-year meticulous restoration of the property for his personal use.
Ellen and Portia purchased the villa in 2012 and expanded the estate through the acquisition of two adjacent properties, which now totals 16.88 acres. They spared no expense in modernizing the historic property for a relaxed California lifestyle. A dramatic indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion known as Jordan Hall was built from stone excavated on-site and hand-made iron windows. The couple also added a lap pool, sunken championship tennis court and installed state-of-the-art irrigation, mechanical, electronic and security systems.
The secluded estate, secured by 18th-century Spanish gates off a private road, offers expansive views of the ocean, harbor, and mountains from nearly every vantage point.
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The Villa:Santa Barbara is often referred to as ‘the American Riviera’ for its similarity to Europe’s famed region. The Villa similarly brings touches of the Old World to the New World across its many features.
Media:Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.Bradley Nelson, +1 212 606 4106Bradley.Nelson@sothebyshomes.com
Listing Agent:Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.Suzanne Perkins, +1 805 895 2138Suzanne.Perkins@sothebyshomes.com
SOURCE Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc.