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 1930â€™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.
Itâ€™s a substantial look, and it doesnâ€™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 thatâ€™s pretty accurate. It doesnâ€™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 doesnâ€™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.
DeGeneresâ€”a legendarily restless house-hunterâ€”and spouse de Rossi have owned several homes in their time together: buying, renovating and selling. The coupleâ€™s latest real-estate acquisition may lead them to Australia, de Rossiâ€™s home country.
SYCAMORE VALLEY RANCH LISTED BY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Los Olivos, California
Style: French Normandy-Style
Square Footage: 12,598Â± sq.ft.
Year Built: 1982
Main Home: Bedrooms/Baths:Â Â 6Â / 7 full, 2 powder
Lot Size: Â 2,698Â± Acres
Architect: Robert Altevers
Sycamore Valley Ranch is the ultimate ranch retreat and gated estate of approx. 2,698 acres located 5 miles north of the town of Los Olivos. The main residence of approximately 12,598 sq. ft. offers six-bedrooms, including a large first floor master suite with a private loft and two master baths. The home was designed by Robert Altevers for William Bone in a French Normandy-style and meticulously crafted to perfection in 1982.Â The home is nestled between extensively landscaped gardens and a four-acre lake complete with a waterfall, incredible pastoral views to the south and majestic mountain views to the north.Â An expansive covered outdoor barbeque area is perfect for entertaining and is located adjacent to the inviting pool and nearby pool house and tennis court.Â There are multiple structures on the property including three separate guest homes, a 5,500 sq.ft. movie theater with stage, several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals and a maintenance shop.Â
Call Harry Kolb at 805-452-2500 for further information.
This issue features top sales from various locations, beginning with a $58 million home in Hong Kong.Â Also featured are properties from a diverse range of locations including California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Utah. The strength of the Sothebyâ€™s International Realty brand is on display in this issue, featuring some of the worldâ€™s most significant sales.
Hong Kong – This luxuriously presented, free-standing detached house is located in a prestigious area surrounded by rolling hills and overlooking the city. The home has a well-appointed contemporary interior and amazing outdoor space on the rooftop terrace. It also has a huge private garden with attached swimming pool. This spacious, light-filled home features high ceilings to accentuate the elegant overall design. The house is also refurbished in white marble walls and flooring throughout, with every level in the home constructed with a separate open staircase and a private elevator with access to every level. There is a dome-shaped skylight window ceiling which completes the overall luxurious design
California – From the Sandy Shores of Del Mar, California, this family compound sits behind private gates in a small beach enclave known as Sandy Lane. It offers a unique opportunity to refresh or rebuild an original Russell Forester built in 1950 and yet still relevant for todayâ€™s beach front living. Rarely seen at the ocean front, this home features a large beach side patio, three bedroom main residence, pool, cabana/guest house, private green courtyards and ample guest parking all from just a few steps to the sand.
Colorado – Enlisting the talents of architects Ike Kligerman Barkley, the design team of the Muse Building left no detail to chance. Adorned with exquisite finishes and furnishings, the practical and inviting floor plan flows from opulent living spaces to an inviting roof top deck and back again, all while solely focused on enhancing the sublime living experience through meticulous attention to detail. The Muse Penthouse features 5,053 livable heated square feet with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, as well as 4,451 square feet of decks and patios. There is a rooftop deck with heated pool and unobstructed views of Aspen Mountain, private patio and deck on the main level capturing the sights and sounds of downtown. The latest Savant technology controls security, climate, window coverings, lights, audio and video. There is 5,235 square feet of commercial space on the second level.
Florida – This private compound is ideal for the end user, investor or developer planning to build a new, large luxury waterfront estate on prestigious upper North Bay Road in Miami Beach. This one- of-a-kind opportunity offers 37,895 square feet, 191 linear feet of water frontage, with incredible unobstructed panoramic views of the Downtown Miami skyline amidst breathtaking sunsets.
A Belgian block drive welcomes one to this impressive five-bedroom home, which sits grandly on the prestigious and highly coveted Lincoln Circle. Sweeping views of Nantucket Harbor are sure to be enjoyed from the first and second floor of both the house and cottage or from the beautifully landscaped lawns and multiple decks accented by surrounding gardens and manicured grounds. The beauty and sandy shoreline of Steps Beach is moments away or enjoy an aerial view from the impressive roof walk.
A Large Montecito Estate Lists For $125 Million – Wall Street Journal
pub on its grounds goes on the market for an eye-watering $125 Million – The Daily Mail
Santa Barbara Estate – PR Newswire
Equestrian estate in Montecito asking $125 million – LA Times Hot Property
“http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/hot-property/la-fi-hotprop-montecito-estate-20140905-story.html?track=rss” target=”_blank”>Equestrian estate in Montecito asking $125 million – LA Times Hot Property
California estate hits the market for $125M â€“ The Real Deal
California estate with equestrian facilities on market for $US125 million â€“ Horsetalk.co.nz
Gorgeous 237-Acre Estate Just Casually Listed for $125M â€“ Curbed National
9/5/14 – HOUSE OF THE DAY: A 237-Acre California Estate With A Secret Underground Pub Is On The Market For $125 Million â€“ Houston Chronicle
WSJ.com – House of the Day: Restored Neoclassical Mansion – Wall Street Journal
View the complete article here: Â 10 Most Popular Properties of 2013 – sirluxuryrealestate.com
SANTA BARBARA, CA –Â Solana, one of the most significant homes on the California coast with no compromise in climate, location, or quality of refinements and offering world-class coastal views, is now completely updated to today’s demanding standards. Solana surrounds you and your guests with the finest examples of hand-carved mahogany, European forged bronze hardware, museum quality mosaic tile floors, 18th century wall sconces and 17th century French oak paneling. For those seeking a sanctuary on California’s west coast, Solana’s stunning 360-degree views stretch across the entire Montecito Valley to the foothills, past Santa Barbara’s beaches and the picturesque harbor south to the Channel Islands. Solana is one of the most inspiring and refined properties on California’s West Coast with a magnificent 20,000 plus square-foot newly rebuilt grand estate as its centerpiece. Enjoy the scale and of the numerous public rooms or relax in the attention to detail and creature comforts of the private spaces.
Spanning over 11 knoll-top acres, the property includes a large 2-bedroom guest cottage, swimming pool, reflecting ponds, two staff apartments and two three-car garages. Solana displays the stature of a significant, historic estate but with the features of a modern-day creation.
This issue features top sales from diverse locations around the world, beginning with a spectacular $44 million property in Coloradoâ€™s Snowmass Village. Also featured are properties from California, New York, Texas, the United Kingdom, Florida, Utah, Illinois and a private island in the Bahamas.
ASPEN SNOWMASS SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $44,000,000 (USD) | COLORADO, USA
Situated on 504 private acres in Snowmass Village, this property
is a compound that includes a main house, guest house, barn,pastures,
ponds with water rights, outdoor spaces and breathtaking views. The
main house features more than 23,000 square feet on three levels with
four bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths, contemporary kitchen,
formal and informal living and family rooms, his and her master baths
and closets and large exercise room. There also is a massage room, indoor
spa with sunken hot tub, multiple offices, game room, three-tiered
theater, wet bar, vaulted ceilings and beautiful outdoor spaces with
fire pit and wood-burning fireplace. The guest house features 2,680
square feet with two bedrooms, twoand- a-half baths and a wood-burning
fireplace. The two level barn has 5,232 square feet with five horse stalls,
washing stall, riding arena, bathroom and two additional bedroom suites.
DECKER BULLOCK SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | SALE PRICE UNDISCLOSED | CALIFORNIA, USA
This newly completed 15,500 square foot estate on 1.14 waterfront
acres is located in the prestigious south side of Belvedere
Island on the San Francisco Bay, with unobstructed views of San
Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and
the Bay Bridge. The home features seven bedrooms, nine full and
two half baths, three car garage and space for 20 cars within the
gated 200 foot driveway and cobblestone motor court. There is a 50
foot pool with cabana/spa, gym with sauna and steam room, gourmet
kitchen with pantry, paneled library/office, luxurious master
suite with his/her dressing rooms and a state-of-the-art home theater.
There also is a temperature controlled wine cellar, elevator to
all three floors and a 50 foot art gallery.
DAMIANOS SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $24,000,000 | BAHAMAS
This exclusive private island of 167 acres is set in the Exuma Cays,
undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of the Bahamas.
With breathtaking scenery, this unspoiled paradise is surrounded by
seven white sand beaches, azure waters, stunning natural coves, hidden
caves and lush tropical foliage. Located only 124 miles southeast of
Nassau, and just 90 minutes by air from Miami International Airport,
the property has a well-sheltered marina of 1.4 acres, natural roadways,
a helipad and a ramp for seaplanes. The two main residences rest on a
hilltop, offering stunning views. A separate one bedroom cottage sits
on a picturesque point with views of the marina.
UK SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | GBP ÂŁ7,300,000, USD $11,680,000 | UNITED KINGDOM
This brand new, Georgian-style home provides elegant and comfortable
rooms, has an abundance of space and sits within almost
an acre of grounds. The master suite has a bedroom, sitting room, ensuite
bathroom, two dressing rooms and private balcony. The property
also provides a self contained apartment above the triple garage. There
is a leisure suite with a beautiful swimming pool with glass sliding
doors opening out to immaculate landscaped gardens. A Jacuzzi and
sauna adjoin the pool room.
SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTYâ€“MONTECITOâ€“COAST VILLAGE ROAD BROKERAGE | $10,475,000 | CALIFORNIA, USA
In the heart of Hidden Valley, this approximately 26-acre equestrian
estate offers serene privacy nestled in nature. There are
eight farmhouse cottages, an art barn, yoga pavilion, tree house,
tennis court and more. As well, there are state-of-the-art horse facilities
with six double-sized stables that can be turned into 12, a
dressage arena, judges stand, five horse turnouts, hay barn, tack
room and laundry room.