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Report: Ellen and Portia Buy in Montecito

Erika Riggs
May 22, 2013
Source: IMDb
Source: IMDb

Source: IMDb

Ellen DeGeneres is well-known for her sticky trigger finger when it comes to real estate. The comedian and daytime television host goes through properties the way others go through designer shoes — listing or buying a new property nearly every year.

So it’s no surprise to hear a report from TMZ that DeGeneres, along with wife Portia de Rossi, picked up a new property in Montecito, CA for $26.5 million — a gorgeous, bluff-front estate called the Saladino Villa. Although DeGeneres likes to pick up “projects,” admitting to Elle Decor recently that she’s always ready to move, this home looks pretty move-in ready.

“Indeed, there’s nothing the television star and comedian loves more than designing a house,” the article stated, and quoted Los Angeles designer Cliff Fong, who quipped: ”Ellen has moved more times than any person I know.”

Although the home boasts everything “streamlined and modern for easy living,” expect an overhaul of the 1928 home from DeGeneres.

Designed by architect Wallace Frost, the home was redone by designer John Saladino around 2009. Offering 6 bedrooms, 9 fireplaces and 7 baths, the home sits on 13 acres with ocean views. The two-parcel property is, of course, incredibly private, with luscious landscaping and gracious indoor and outdoor living areas.

Now that DeGeneres and de Rossi have a new “project” on their hands, will they dump their enormous horse ranch? While it seems DeGeneres wouldn’t mind listing, it’s de Rossi, an avid horseback rider, who likely wants to keep the property. But with a feature in Elle Decor, the home may end up on the market regardless. Besides, this new home in Montecito does have room for stables and barns.