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.
One of the most sophisticated homes in the club where youâ€™ll enjoy panoramic fairway views stretching to ocean glimpses and grounds designed by landscape designer, Mark Rios, and featuring sculptures by Robert Holmes, cut-stone terraces and a reflecting lap-pool. Interior spaces are as rewarding, designed by Bruce Gregga with a generous master suite, two relaxing guest suites and den accented by stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and walls of glass to private terraces and manicured grounds. A unique combination of expansive views and yet offering complete privacy. The perfect home for entertaining. Everything about this property speaks volumes about quality and attention to detail.
When you give my office the responsibility to market your home, my staff and I literally take it to the world. Sothebyâ€™s International Realty has 660 offices in over 49 countries. We are firmly committed to the belief that the greater exposure we provide your property ensures that we locate the best buyer which translates into the highest possible sales price. We begin by preparing a written tour of your home and all its features and combine that with professional photography to create a color photo brochure and professional web site.
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Your choice of a real estate agent may have a dramatic effect on the results of your efforts. When youâ€™re selling property, your listing agentâ€™s most important responsibility is to market your property to other real estate agents. Many sellers may not realize that this is perhaps more important than any other feature. Another agent will probably be representing the buyer of your home, so the real estate communityâ€™s opinion of your listing agent, his professionalism, ethical standards and his marketing ability to thoroughly represent your property, may dramatically affect how your property is received in the market place.
When we discuss the possible selling of your home, Iâ€™ll meet with you andÂ answer any of your questions regarding current market values and discuss recent sales in your area. There is no one particular way to market real estate, but rather marketing features which I can combine to suit your needs. Iâ€™ll make sure I understand your objectives and then suggest a marketing program that best suits you and your property. Because I specialize in selling homes like yours, youâ€™ll be sure of receiving the most up to date advice regarding your propertyâ€™s value and youâ€™ll have confidence in knowing your homeâ€™s most valuable features in todayâ€™s market.
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