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 1930âs, 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.
Itâs a substantial look, and it doesnât 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 thatâs pretty accurate. It doesnât 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 doesnât 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.
DeGeneresâa legendarily restless house-hunterâand spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The coupleâs latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossiâs home country.
Please call Harry Kolb for more information at 805-452-2500
Among all the Montecito significant properties currently available, this home offers a unique family oriented floor plan and a lifestyle and amenities perfectly suited for an active family. The property faces southeast, taking its name from unobstructed views of the first rays of sunrise and moonrise. Situated on approximately 2.3 acres in a prime Montecito location, this completely private enclave is surrounded by mature oaks offering panoramic ocean and MontecitoValley views, yet has no other homes in sight. A unique and valuable combination of wide open vistas coupled with complete privacy. Solid wood and iron gates open directly to the spacious motor-court and the main home’s stately, yet inviting, facade.
Inside and out, famed designer Robert Webb has captured the ambiance of a Tuscan country Villa. Hand-chiseled Santa Barbara sandstone, quarried from these very grounds, form the walls, posts, and facades, complemented by imported French limestone on the pillars, window surrounds, and chimneys. The interior boasts travertine marble and distressed wood floors, as well as exquisite decorative painting by the Elisa Stancil Studios of San Francisco. These subtle designs on the walls and ceilings infuse the entire home with a centuries-old ambience. At every turn, large windows capture vistas that could inspire paintings of their own.
From the arched two-story entry with coffered wood ceiling, your eye is drawn directly across the foyer to the wrought iron doors of the rear terrace and their breathtaking views to the pool and ocean beyond. Approximately 11,440 square feet under roof, the main residence (8,425 square feet) includes five bedrooms, six full baths, two powder rooms, and five fireplaces. There are also two garages with space for six automobiles; a one-bedroom guest house and a pool house with kitchen and bath. Technologically, the property excels with a Vantage lighting system, an Audio Access PX700 system, a telephone system with up to seven lines, and Internet access throughout.
On the grounds, the soothing sights and sounds of water emanate from a magnificent stone fountain in the motor court to a recirculating stream and three large ponds with native plantings, lotus blossoms, and goldfish. The impeccable landscaping extends to a rose garden and lush lawns around the 65-foot pool and luxurious pool house. A Seven-hole putting green under the oaks enjoys ocean views by day and dramatic lighting by night. Tucked away off the Family Room, the magical creation of “Kidsâ World” offers a 310-square-foot, two-story cottage, play area, and whimsical gardens with showers designed as sunflowers.
Grand and sophisticated, yet tempered by extraordinary comfort and family livability, this Montecito estate embodies a world-class lifestyle that is second to none.
Call Harry Kolb at 805.452.2500 for more information.
MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA: Â Harry Kolb, of Sotheby’s International Realty, recently sold his beautiful listing located inÂ Montecito, California.Â The home offers beautiful ocean, mountain and natural habitat views from this classic Mediterranean-style that is located in the prestigious gated community of Ennisbrook. It’s set on a smaller lot than usual in this community for those seeking less maintenance. This highly appointed 4-bedroom, 4 Â˝ bath home features approximately 4,523 square feet of expansive public rooms with vaulted, beamed ceilings, elegant antique fixtures, cherry plank wood floors and 3-fireplaces. Perfect for entertaining, the gourmet kitchen is open to the family room and ideal for gatherings, featuring granite countertops, a professional-grade range and a butcher block kitchen island. The expansive living room with a large arched leaded glass window, fireplace and French doors opens to the formal dining room with a wall of French doors and custom-made bronze and crystal chandelier and sconces. The entire home is surrounded by intimate flagstone terraces and vibrant gardens, including a charming walled interior courtyard with a Spanish water feature. A dramatic tower leads to the second-story Master Bedroom suite with inspiring ocean views and includes a private tile terrace with ocean, rear garden, and natural habitat views.
Ennisbrook is at the heart of the Montecito community with incredible ocean and mountain views spread over 200 gated acres with open spaces, wildlife habitat and walking trails. The Clubhouse features four championship tennis courts – two of imported clay â an immense heated swimming pool with lap lanes and diving board, outdoor barbecue area, private wine lockers and complete kitchen facilities to host your own private parties.
For information on Harry’s current listings call 1-805-452-2500.
Enjoy ocean and mountain views from this classic Mediterranean-style home located in the prestigious gated community of Ennisbrook in Montecito, California. This highly appointed 4-bedroom, 4 Â˝ bath home features approx. 4,523 sq.ft. of expansive public rooms with vaulted, beamed ceilings, and elegant antique fixtures. Perfect for entertaining, the gourmet kitchen is open to the family room and ideal for gatherings, featuring granite countertops, a professional-grade range and a butcher block kitchen island. The expansive living room with a large arched leaded window, fireplace and French doors opens to the formal dining room with a wall of French doors. The entire home is surrounded by intimate flagstone terraces and vibrant gardens, including a charming walled interior courtyard with a Spanish water feature. A dramatic tower leads to the second-floor Master Bedroom suite with inspiring ocean views and includes a private tile terrace with ocean and garden views.
For more information or to show the property please call Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500.
Reprinted with permission from the Montecito Journal
Editorial: Planning The Future
by Bob Hazard
1 â 8 August 2013
The Future of Montecito
Some three dozen community leaders and concerned citizens have responded
to firstname.lastname@example.org to share their ideas of what they love about
Montecito and what they think might be improved. Thatâs a very solid
beginning to an issue-oriented conversation. Keep those e-mails coming and we
will take one issue each week and explore it, while trying to include as many
views as possible on each.
As a kickoff, an e-mail from Dana Newquist is shown below in its entirety.
Dana has been a recognized leader in Montecito for the last 30 years. There is
hardly an issue he has not addressed in his long tenure as a former Director of the
Montecito Association. He is a founder (along with Diane Pannkuk) and ardent
supporter of the Montecito Village Fourth (of July) parade and celebration, and is
a former member of the Board of the Montecito Fire Protection District.
What follows are his comments on the future of Montecito:
âBefore I moved to this âPromised Landâ of Montecito, I had a small chain of
five computer stores called Computer Village. I got an offer to sell my chain in
1985 and decided to take it. The sale gave me the money to buy in Montecito.
I knew the rural character of Montecito, but had no knowledge of the people.
âBeing one of seven children, and the son of an entrepreneur from Chicago, I
wanted to get involved in the community, so I opened Montecito Video in 1986.
Charles Borgatello had a space available in the Upper Village, so I leased it!
Within a year, I became President of our Merchantsâ Association. My learning
curve on our local community was straight up and I was loving it.
âWhy am I giving all this background? I have lived in Chicago and its suburbs,
Riverside, Monterey, San Antonio, San Francisco, Boston, and finally
Santa Barbara-Goleta. There is nothing, in my opinion, that comes close to
Whatâs Great about Montecito?
âIt is not just the rural feeling with open space, not the lack of street lights
every 50 yards, not the lack of sidewalks, not the scenic stance of the Santa
Ynez Mountains as a backdrop, not the Channel Islands as stepping stones to
the beautiful Pacific. Itâs also the people who live here now and who have come
before us. In an attempt to protect this very special place, they developed the
âCommunity Planâ that defines this community.
âThe Montecito Community Plan is a preserve-and-protect plan, administered
by the Montecito Planning Commission, the Montecito Board of Architectural
Review and the Montecito Association. Montecito is not incorporated; it has
neither a mayor nor a town council. Hopefully, that will never be. When you
introduce local government, you lose independence. We have too much government
âThankfully, many honorable men and women have unselfishly toiled in
volunteerism to defend our semi-rural haven. Serving for six years on the
Montecito Association Board gave me the tools and experience to help adjudicate
many issues our hamlet has faced over the past 30 years of my tenure.
Threats to Montecito
âTime changes almost everything. With time, people also change; their opinions,
needs, and associations change. One of the many reasons government
grows is that it is driven by regulatory mandates whereupon elected leaders
tell everyone else how to live. Expensive regulatory mandates have become a
big deterrent to business success and an irritant to those seeking permission to
remodel, but they also protect a communityâs character.
âThe Montecito Association canât negate whatâs already âon the booksâ but it
can and does influence current and future development. âCommunity Coalition
Alternative Plan for 101â is one example.
Opportunities: Get Involved
âWhat would I change if I could wave a magic wand? Having sat on several
civic and non-profit boards, I have experienced that the 20% rule always holds:
20% do all the work. In Montecito, with respect to its residents, even with all the
treasured amenities, that rule changes. Perhaps 10% of the population, or less,
do all the work. Seems odd? This is such a magical place that a large percentage
of our citizens use this as a second home and reside elsewhere. That puts
additional pressure on full-time residents. With that, a plea! Help protect our
haven. Get involved. There are a multitude of tasks that can suit your talents.
Just do it!â â˘MJ