Some celebs collect Birkin bags, tennis shoes, or vintage cars, while others accumulate houses….
Talk-show host and trophy property-collector, Ellen DeGeneres already owns at least three other Montecito homes. And she just bought another, this one is nearly 12,000 square feet , but just three bedrooms, maybe one of the reasons it was marked down from $35 million to just over $20 million and took 4 years to find a buyer.
Designed and built in 2010 by director Kinka Usher,Villa Tragara was based on the Alhambra palace in Spain. Usher got rich making TV commercials for HBO, Nike, Pepsi, Nissan and Sony among others.
A long driveway leads past lush landscaping to the hand-carved front door and the home features;
- intricately crafted windows
- imported tile floors
- hammam-inspired bathrooms
- radiant heated floors throughout
- the heated swimming pool (that cost $400,000)
- a pickle ball court
- bocce ball court
- tennis court
- koi ponds
- 16-seat covered outdoor pergola
Ellen, whose talk show is set to end this year after 19 seasons, and wife, Portia de Rossi, are no strangers to Montecito. They bought comedian Dennis Miller’s 4-acre estate there for $49 million in December 2020, and listed their Bali-inspired estate there for nearly $40 million a few months earlier.
A year ago, they listed a Beverly Hills manse they bought from Adam Levine for $53.5 million.