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.
- Wall Street Journal: Michael Jacksonâ€™s Onetime Neverland Lists for $100 Million
- AP: NEVERLAND, FORMER HOME OF MICHAEL JACKSON, ON SALE FOR $100M
- BBC: Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch up for sale
- Bloomberg: Michael Jacksonâ€™s Neverland Ranch on the Market for $100 Million
- Forbes: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Is Officially For Sale For A Cool $100 Million
- NBC News: Michael Jackson Estate Neverland Up for Sale for $100 Million
- Rolling Stone: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Lists for $100 Million
- CNBC: Neverland, former home of Michael Jackson, on sale for $100M
- The Washington Post: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch put up for sale
- Today: Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch goes up for sale for $100 million
- Business Insider: Michael Jackson’s restored Neverland Ranch has hit the market for $100
- Daily Mail: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is up for sale for an astonishing $100m
- Artnet: Sotheby’s Puts $100 Million Price Tag On Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch
- Huffington Post UK: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Goes Up For Sale, Six Years After Singer’s Death
- AOL UK: Jackson’s Neverland on sale for ÂŁ65m
- London Evening Standard: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch on the market for ÂŁ62m
- International Business Times: Neverland Ranch Cost And Photos 2015: Michael Jacksonâ€™s Former Home Lists For $100M
- Santa Barbara Independent: Neverland Ranch Going on the Market for $100 Million
- The Real Deal: Michael Jacksonâ€™s Neverland ranch hits market for $100M
- The Week: Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch could be yours for the low, low price of $100 million
- The Week UK: Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch goes on sale for $100m
- Wealth-X: Michael Jackson’s Estate Up For Sale For US $100 Million
- Vogue:Â Michael Jacksonâ€™s Neverland Ranch Is Up for Sale
- CNN:Â Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch on the market
- ABC News / Good Morning America:Â Michael Jackson’s ‘Neverland’ Hits Market With New Name
- ABC News:Â Inside Look at Michael Jackson’s ‘Neverland Ranchâ€™
- Fox News:Â Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch for sale for $100 million
- Entertainment Weekly:Â Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch: By the numbers
- Huffington Post:Â Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Hits The Market For $100 Million
- Extra:Â How Much Will It Cost You to Buy Michael Jacksonâ€™s Neverland Ranch?
- San Francisco Chronicle:Â Michael Jacksonâ€™s Neverland Ranch on sale for $100 million
- Mansion Global: Nine Figures and Counting
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.
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.
This issue features top real estate sales from various locations, beginning with an extraordinary family estate in Australia that sold for $25.4 million (USD). Â Also featured are properties from Colorado, Texas, Hong Kong, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Florida, and another significant sale from our own Montecito Coast Village Road brokerage in Montecito California.
SYDNEY SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $25,480,000 (USD), $28,000,000 (AUD) | AUSTRALIA
An unrivaled family estate on approximately 2,147square meters
of blue-ribbon land with northerly harbour views, this vast private
holding is in a class of its own. Designed for a modern family
lifestyle with a North-South tennis court, pool and garaging for
18 cars, the property includes a grand five-bedroom mansion,
separate one-bedroom penthouse, two-bedroom guest apartment,
plus two separate one-bedroom guest/staff apartments. There’s
also is a home cinema and huge park-like level gardens.
ASPEN SNOWMASS SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $14,725,000 | COLORADO, USA
Perfectly situated on 1.3 acres on the Ridge of Red Mountain,
the architecture of this refined estate complements the intimate
connection with the magnificent mountains. It has direct
views of Aspen Mountain and downtown Aspen, sweeping views
of all of the mountain ranges from Independence Pass to Mt. Sopris,
as well as views of Hallam Lake and the Roaring Fork River.
Custom designed by Robert Trown, it has a dramatic great room,
entertaining area with sunken bar, nine gas fireplaces, gourmet
kitchen, spacious master suite with two balconies, fully-equipped
gym, massage room with steam and sauna, 3,000 bottle climatecontrolled
wine room and infinity edge pool with waterfall.
CAPITAL CITY SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $12,500,000 | TEXAS, USA
his home is retired tennis professional Andy Roddickâ€™s beautiful
8,960 square foot Lake Austin retreat. It is nestled in the
gated privacy and lush trees off of Westlake Drive. Descend past the
modern workout gym, the putting green and be welcomed through
the courtyard into contemporary charm. Each bedroom has its own
bathroom, with all rooms enjoying views of the lake as well as access
to the screened-in lanai. As the entire downstairs enjoys breathtaking
views of the infinity pool and Lake Austin, the backyard is perfect
for an evening on the water, utilizing the outdoor kitchen.
HONG KONG SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY | $11,354,840 (USD) $88,000,000 (HK) | HONG KONG
This breathtaking waterfront retreat is situated on a high floor of
a quiet development facing the tranquil bay, with breathtaking
views of the greenery and deep blue sea dotted with many islands.
The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows. There also is a
maidâ€™s room and a small balcony off the living room.
SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTYâ€“MONTECITOâ€“COAST VILLAGE ROAD BROKERAGE | $10,600,000 | CALIFORNIA, USA
This Tuscan-style villa has orchards, a vineyard and state-ofthe-
art equestrian facilities. Situated on approximately 10
acres and with outstanding ocean views, the approximately 8,725
square foot, four bedroom main residence has four full and four
half baths. Built in 2005, the home has wide loggias that open
to a pool and spa. A guest suite, art deco-style home theater,
library, four fireplaces and 1,700-bottle wine cellar add to the
unmatched amenities of this ideal country estate. Old World sophistication
and 21st century comforts include walnut and travertine
floors with radiant heat, mosaic tile work and period-style
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.
Perspectives is a newsletter with information and news on the global real estate industry from the brandâ€™s network of experts.
The latter half of 2013 has seen many exciting sales and listings coming to market for the high-end sector. In this issue of Perspectives, we showcase sales from New York, the United Kingdom and the Bahamas. We also highlight several noteworthy listings above the $35 million mark, and our valued network members provide feedback direct from their markets on the latest conditions, from Malta and Vermont to the Balearic Islands and Palo Alto, Calif. I recently had the privilege of serving as a panelist at the Luxury Societyâ€™s Keynote event in New York. The topic was how to attract â€śUltra High-Net Worth Consumers.â€ť We learned that the three main countries with the highest percentage of these consumers are the United States, Japan and Germany. We have grown our brand in many of the key markets in the United States and we are expanding in Japan and Germany. Our affiliates benefit from the global exposure we provide their clientsâ€™ properties, and we believe that exceptional service and discretion are the keys to conducting business with the Ultra High-Net Worth consumer.
Enjoy this issue of Perspectives!
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sothebyâ€™s International Realty Affiliates LLC