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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home is a masterclass in modern rustic design

The talk show host and her wife, Portia de Rossi are on the move...

Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are selling their Santa Barbara home for $45 million – despite declaring ‘I really do hope we live here forever’ in her 2015 book Home.

'The talk show host and actress couple bought the Montecito property in 2013 for $26.5 million.

Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Known affectionately as 'The Villa', this home draws inspiration from classic 17th-century Italian villas. 

The stone house was designed by architect Wallace Frost as his own home after he returned from the Italy in the 1930s. 

Decades later, acclaimed architectural designer John Saladino fell in love with its 'mix of grandeur and modesty' and commenced a five-year meticulous restoration of the property for his personal use, followed by its current owners.

Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen and Portia purchased the The Villa in 2013 and expanded the estate through the acquisition of two adjacent properties, which now totals 16.88 acres. 

The couple spared no expense in modernizing the historic property for a relaxed California lifestyle. 

Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Designed with modern rustic interiors, the 10,500-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, eight baths, nine fireplaces, multiple libraries, a marble-wrapped chef’s kitchen and formal rooms.  

An indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion was built from stone excavated on-site with hand-made iron windows. 

Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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The couple also added a lap pool, sunken championship tennis court and installed state-of-the-art irrigation, mechanical, electronic and security systems.  

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Ellen DeGeneres's Montecito home

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The listing agent is Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty

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