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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Post Santa Barbara Estate for Sale at $45M

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have listed their Santa Barbara home for sale. The couple is asking $45 million for the property, which is comprised of three parcels purchased in two 2013 transactions totaling $28.8 million.

Dating to the 1930’s, the rustic house measures 10,500 square feet, and contains six bedrooms and eight full or partial baths. The sandstone and raw timber home features a rambling layout around a center courtyard.

It’s a substantial look, and it doesn’t ever pass into the vague indecision of many higher end period residences that have been renovated; it achieves a strong sense of authenticity by never really appearing to question its identity. Modernizations and elements of cross-cultural layering are nicely incorporated, and do not topple the composition.

DeGeneres has suggested that the house seems to be an expression of its landscape, and that’s pretty accurate. It doesn’t impose, and it does not dominate; a neat trick for a home built from rusticated stone. And, even though the home is the product of a very assertive European design aesthetic located in Southern California, it doesn’t feel contrived. Part of that effect is the countryside of Montecito, which perhaps more than any other SoCal locale resembles the Riviera.

The house features nine fireplaces, libraries and reading rooms. Ceilings are vaulted, sometimes open trussed, and floors are generally tile or stone. Windows and French doors are pleasingly plain, steel-framed affairs, and do not distract from the overall style. The overall look is heavy-handed, packed to bursting with charming detail, but it never comes off as ponderous. Frequently, skylights lend a little liberation to the proceedings, and balance things out nicely with a dash of the ethereal.

The nearly seventeen acres of grounds are filled with gardens and quiet alcoves. An additional pavilion structure was constructed by the couple, and features a wet bar and catering kitchen, and entertaining space under a high vaulted ceiling.

DeGeneres—a legendarily restless house-hunter—and spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The couple’s latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossi’s home country.


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NEWLY LISTED! Montecito Birnam Wood Lakefront Estate



Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home recently sold by Harry Kolb is back on the market and newly remodeled.

MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined and newly remodeled home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the most inspiring homes in the club.

Offered at $6,450,000
Click here to view the information flyer

For more information please contact Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500






Sotheby’s Art & Home Magazine: Car Collectors Head to Monterey, Great Escapes and $100 Million Homes

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$100 Million Homes, including my Sycamore Valley Ranch listing offered at $100 Million
Vast, sprawling land, state-of-the-art amenities, inspiring panoramas and meticulously designed architecture define these homes from some of the most sought after destinations the world over. Discover the unprecedented majesty of these exclusive homes, all listed at $100 million and above.
Car Collectors Head to Monterey
The car-collecting world has enjoyed such growth during the past decade that rarely does a week pass without a major event for classic automobiles. Yet ask any enthusiast to name the one occasion they would wish to attend more than any other, chances are they will say California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Sotheby’s Significant Sales 2015 Volume 4


$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Sales from various locations around the world, including an exceptionally rare Manhattan duplex, a captivating Colorado estate on 5.4 acres, a sprawling 14,139 square foot Texas estate, and a Montecito, California estate located in the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Course Community.

SIR 2015 volume 4 significant sales

$18,500,000 USD | New York, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan Brokerage

New York – This exceptionally rare Upper East Side duplex, pre-war Condominium offers 8 bedrooms and 8 baths over approx. 7,500 square feet. The size and scale of a sprawling townhouse with the services and security of a white-glove service building, enter through a key-lock elevator onto a private landing with marble entrance gallery and an expansive corner great room boasting Central Park views.

$17,500,000 USD | Colorado, USA | Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Colorado – Located in the private, gated enclave of Pyramid Point, this captivating estate is on a 5.4-acre lot with views of Aspen Highlands and Pyramid Peak. The slopes of Tiehack and the Maroon Creek Golf Course are just down the road. Features include spa area with steam room, sauna and massage, exercise room, recreation room, three bars, theater, wine room, two offices, eight fireplaces, three-car garage, large patios with fire pit, waterfall, two hot tubs, and an expansive lawn area.

$15,000,000 USD | Texas, USA | Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Texas – This estate is unmatched in grandeur and luxury, with a sprawling 5.3-acres and 14,139 square feet of living space. A picturesque drive along a tranquil creek reveals a truly breathtaking facade of classic stonework and slate roof. Inside reveals gold leaf accented ceilings, Venetian plaster corridors, rooms draped in rich textures of leather, hand-scraped herringbone and marble, a hidden stairway, a 2,200 bottle climate-controlled wine vault and a 10-car garage with six climatecontrolled spaces make this estate exceptional in every way.

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home sold by Harry Kolb

Montecito, California Birnam Wood Lakefront home sold by Harry Kolb

$5,500,000 USD | California, USA | Sotheby’s International Realty Montecito Coast Village Road Brokerage

Montecito, California – Set on what may be the most dramatic and premier location within the prestigious Birnam Wood Golf Club, this highly refined home offers spectacular mountain and lake views from its expansive rooms along with the finest examples of superior construction and design. The three-bedroom plus den home offers high ceilings, handsome moldings, stone fireplaces, warm parquet oak floors and generous marble baths. One of the largest and most inspiring homes in the club. Sold by Harry Kolb.











Style: Monterey Spanish Revival
Year Built: 1931
Lot Size: 3.175± Acres
Square Feet: Approximately 6,3014±
Main Home: 8 bedrooms / 5 full baths, 1 powder
APN#: 007-040-039/038 (2 legal parcels)
Architect: Edwards & Plunkett
Montecito Union School District

If you’d like make an appointment to see the property please call 1.805.452.2500
Click here to view the information flyer.



Outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands and scenic mountains coupled with the architecture of one of the most respected firms responsible for some of the most romantic and cherished structures, including the Arlington Theater and many classic homes, make this a special Montecito estate. William Albert Edwards and Joseph Plunkett designed this charming Monterey Spanish home in 1931 and named it “Blessed Little Ranch.” The Edwards Duque Estate sits today on approximately 3.175 acres on two legal parcels in the Montecito foothills on a promontory that affords it a panoramic coastal view along with rare privacy.

The commanding two-story home was built in an era of quality, craftsmanship and attention to architectural details. Principal rooms include the two-story living room with its massive beamed ceiling and surrounding wrought-iron balcony, formal dining room, sun room, butler’s pantry, kitchen, and breakfast room. in addition, there is a master suite, five family bedrooms, plus a two-bedroom staff wing with a shared bath off the kitchen. There’s also a separate approximately 900 sq.ft. 1-bedroom, 1-bath guest cottage. Three wrought-iron balconies and first-floor terraces all provide breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean. The property also benefits from a long, private approach and by being within the very highly respected Montecito Union School District. It’s a rarity today to find this combination of period architecture and quality construction still benefiting from panoramic and uninterrupted coastal views.






2000 to 2014 – Real Estate Market Update for Santa Barbara and Montecito


Estate Market Over $4M Summary 2000-2014.pub

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The number of estate homes sold in the Santa Barbara area, those sold for over $4 million, was up nicely last year – increasing 33% over the number sold in 2013. Comparing the eventual sales price to the last asking price was also up to an average of 93% and up to an average of 82% of the first asking price – each an indication of an improving market. But the average number of days on the market was longer, probably due to the fact that inventory of available homes has been reduced and that lead to a number of homes selling that had been on the market for a considerable time as buyers were suffering from a lack of homes to choose from.

SB Area Sales Between $5 - $10m 2000-2014.pub

Although the number of homes sold for over $4 million last year was up so considerably from the previous year, the actual sales experience for most of the estate homes on the market has been less than encouraging because a large percentage of these homes sold were sold below $5 million. As is usually the case, our improving market begins in the lower price ranges as it did a few years ago in the below $1 million price range. That improving market has now migrated up to include the $4 million market, but hasn’t been felt yet in the mid or upper ranges of the estate market. This becomes evident in the chart showing that homes sold for between $5 – $10 million was up from last year but still below the number sold in 2012, and those sold for between $10 – $20 million were down from each of the two previous years. It became even worse in the graph of homes sold for over $20 million because last year the most expensive home sold in our area was sold at $20 million, where both buyer and seller were represented by Sotheby’s, and no local homes sold for more.

SB Area Sales Between $10 - $20 Million 2000-2014.pub

The market for significant homes valued over $4 million is considerably different than the market for the average American home we all read about in the press. The national press and even our local papers take their statics from readily available statistics from our local Board of Realtors where the median sales price for all homes sold in our area last year was $990,000 and the median time on the market was 95 days. Obviously a different market than that of estate properties. And when major media report that the average price of homes sold last year was up 18%, as it appears in our local MLS statistics, the press fails to remind readers that much of that increase in average sales prices is due to fewer and fewer lower priced homes being available in the inventory as buyers take advantage of foreclosures and distressed properties as they consume the inventory. Measuring true appreciation in a market requires comparing the value of the same home over a period of time. Of the 76 homes sold for over $4 million in our area last year, four sold for more than they did within the past five years, one sold for less, and five sold for the same. These are all considered same for same without including homes that may have been improved in any manner. So from a value standpoint, we appear to have appreciated ourselves back to where we were in 2008 before the market reversal.

SB Area Sales Over $20m 2000-2014.pub

Where the market for the average American home is closely associated with long-term interest rates, our local market for estate homes is much more associated with consumer confidence. To show this obvious relationship, I’ve included a graph plotting consumer confidence for each of the past 15 years next to the sale of local estate properties for that same year showing this very direct relationship. It’s comforting to see that the CCI now is higher than it’s been for the past six years.

Estate Market Over $4M With Consumer Confidence 2000-2014.pub

Based on the generally improving estate sales over the past five years, the improving relation of final sales prices to the last asking price and what is a dramatically improved Consumer Confidence Index, it seems reasonable to anticipate an improving estate market this coming year. This coupled with what appears to be a pent-up demand from an increasing pool of buyers looking for property but not being able to find what they’re looking for from our current limited inventory, the prospects for the coming year look promising.


Sotheby’s Volume 7 2014 Significant Real Estate Sales


$42,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

$42,000,000 USD | Bahamas | Lyford Cay Sotheby’s International Realty

I am pleased to provide you with the Volume 7 2014 issue of Sotheby’s Significant Sales.

The Volume 7 issue features top real estate sales from various locations, including two exclusive beachfront estates sold in our very own Montecito, California, and one ocean view estate sold in our very own Carpinteria, California, as well as the magnificent waterfront estate located in the Bahamas, the beautiful Conyer’s Farms, owned by Academy Award-winning Ron Howard, and a
full-floor Fifth avenue residence designed by Roger Ferris.

$42,000,000 | Bahamas

This property offers its owners their own private beach in a secure community.
Meticulously maintained, the spacious 30,000 square foot family home is situated
on two acres with 590 feet of frontage located at the entrance to the Lyford Cay
Marina. One of the most prestigious properties in Lyford Cay, included in the
sale is a 1.4 acre beachfront lot across the street. Amenities include a tennis
court, pool, Jacuzzi, 200 feet of dock and all of the necessary improvements
for easy tropical living.

$27,500,000 | Connecticut, USA


An hour’s drive from New York City, beautiful Conyers Farms is where Academy
Award-winning producer and director Ron Howard and his wife chose to raise
their family. Their private country estate, consisting of approximately
32 acres of unparalleled privacy showcases a splendid shingle style main
house with more than eighteen thousand square feet, a charming Craftsman
style two-bedroom guest house, an indoor sports complex, observatory
silo with Meade telescope, barns, paddocks, ivydraped stone head house,
greenhouse plus formal rose, boxwood and organic gardens.

$20,500,000 | New York, USA


This architecturally stunning full floor prewar residence on Fifth Avenue
is in triple mint condition and was designed by world renowned architect,
Roger Ferris. Situated on 88th Street directly opposite the Guggenheim
Museum, the views of Central Park, the Reservoir and city skyline from this
11th Floor apartment are truly spectacular.



A rare jewel, this Fernald Point residence has approximately 244 linear
feet of ocean front, sits on approximately three flat acres and includes
an approximately 7,300-square foot home with pool, tennis court and beach
cabana, plus two-bedroom guest or staff quarters. This unique estate is
an oasis of rolling lawns and specimen palms all facing south to the
sand and surf.



One of a kind Montecito Beachfront Estate/Fernald Point on 2 parcels.
Charming 3bd/4.5ba home on one parcel, estate site w/ approx. 300ft
of prime beach frontage on 2nd parcel w/Marc Appleton plans & elaborate
foundation in place for a 13,000+/- sf residence. Totaling 3+ acres,
the lush, gated grounds feature a n/s tennis court & mature specimen
trees creating the ultimate beachfront retreat.



Built in 2009, this approximately 10,378-square foot Italian-style villa
is situated on approximately 22 acres, adjacent to the Santa Barbara
Polo & Racquet Club. The property boasts equestrian facilities, exercise
field, orchards, infinity edge pool and spa. Fine craftsmanship abounds
in this six-bedroom, 9.5-bath ocean view residence. The home features a
formal living room with fireplace, office, gourmet kitchen and four
bedroom suites, as well as a master suite. Other amenities include
wine, recreation and media rooms, in addition to staff quarters.