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Ellen DeGeneres buys iconic Robert Skinner-designed mid-century modern home in Beverly Hills

This timeless classic is situated in the Beverly Hills 90210 zip code…

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have snapped up an iconic 1961 mid-century modern home, designed by Robert Skinner, for $8.5 million.

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The home, called Rowan Residence, was originally photographed in 1964 by Julius Shulman and featured in Taschen’s Modernism Rediscovered, a tome about Californian architecture in the 1950s and 1960s, an accolade that surely confirms its position as one of the world's best homes.

Located in the upscale Hidden Valley Estates, the sophisticated property is accessed via a dramatic courtyard. 

mid-century modern house courtyard in Beverly Hills

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A meticulous restoration in keeping with the original design was carried out by architect John Bertram. It incorporates Douglas fir furniture-grade custom cabinetry, terrazzo flooring, Calacatta Gold and Salt Marble countertops, LSI museum-quality lighting, and redwood tongue and groove interior and exterior siding.

mid-century modern kitchen diner in Beverly Hills

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Indeed, kitchen ideas don't come much more glamorous than this marble-bedecked cooking space. 

mid-century modern kitchen in Beverly Hills

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The kitchen is also home to a sociable eating area, with snug banquette seating ideas always offering a stylish space.

mid-century modern banquette in Beverly Hills

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The entire space looks like it jumped straight off a Mad Men set, with sleek redwood furniture,  statement lighting, sumptuous velvets in popping colors, and large vintage rugs. 

mid-century modern snug in Beverly Hills

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The cozy living area boasts a rich teal sofa, panelled walls and a retro media unit. Walls of glass throughout create the ideal setting for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. 

mid-century modern lounge in Beverly Hills

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mid-century modern lounge in Beverly Hills

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The bedrooms are also enhanced with the wood panelling to create a warm environment, and are also styled with printed rugs (spot the zigzag trend being worked to great effect).

mid-century modern dining room in Beverly Hills

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mid-century modern bedroom in Beverly Hills

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When it comes to bathroom ideas, this stylish home keeps it sleek and chic, with redwood cupboards adding warmth to terrazzo tiles and statement lighting.

mid-century modern bathroom in Beverly Hills

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And, when it's time to head outside for sundowners, what better place to sip cocktails than the sunshine-yellow poolside bar?

swimming pool at mid-century modern home in Beverly Hills

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The home was listed with Tori Barnao, Gersh Gershunoff and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass.

Where does Ellen DeGeneres live now?

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi often dip their toes into real estate waters, and own three properties in Montecito. The pair often buy from, and sell to, other celebrities. 

Back in June 2020, they sold California home to Ariana Grande for $6.75 million and, this year, they sold a Beverly Hills property for a reported $47 million.

Ruth Doherty

Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.