Between churning out memoirs, befriending every “it” celeb there ever was, and running her own lifestyle brand, keeping tabs on Ellen DeGeneres is nearly impossible. And while you can never be quite sure what the A-list TV host is going to do next (Open a restaurant? Kickstart a singing career? Become pals with Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart-style?) one thing is guaranteed: Ellen always has something design-related up her sleeve. By now, it’s no secret that the beloved comedian has taken on a second career as a house flipper. According to Vogue, in the past 25 years alone, DeGeneres has bought and renovated over 15 homes. You do the math.
Adding another epic home to their already-impressive real estate portfolio, DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, just snagged an incredibly luxe abode in Beverly Hills. Per Today, the duo dropped a cool $15 million on the palatial pad. Unlike the star’s most recent purchases—which include an $18 million beachfront home in Carpinteria, a recently sold Spanish-style villa in Montecito, and a $40 million rustic-chic spread in Santa Barbara—this glitzy estate sits high above Los Angeles, offering elevated views of the valley below.
Once home to actress Marjorie Lord, the single-story house (built and designed by acclaimed architect-to-the-stars, John Elgin Woolf, in 1962) boasts dramatic details one can only find in a true Hollywood Regency-style home. Spanning 5,100 square feet and situated on a discreet cul-de-sac, the five-bedroom home is the quintessence of indoor/outdoor SoCal living.
Talk about uninterrupted views. The grand, open floor plan living area opens up to a covered back patio and pool area. Complete with a wet bar and an intricately carved marble fireplace, the space is already primed for exclusive holiday gatherings. With enough room for DeGeneres’s never-ending pool of celebrity friends to gather ’round (Reese?! Oprah?! Clooney?!), the couple can easily squeeze in a massive dining table fit for star-studded feasts.
While telltale signs of Woolf’s iconic, mid-century touch (like the wood-paneled ceilings, large bay windows, and columns lining the curved patio) earmark just about every room in the home, the foyer and living room definitely play up the theatrical ambiance.
Thanks to a recent extensive restoration led by architecture firm Marmol Radziner, the house boasts a number of sleek finishes and modern upgrades. No stranger to drama, the whitewashed kitchen comes with a statement central waterfall island, top-of-the-line appliances, and poolside views.
Each of the home’s four guest rooms offer direct access to the enclosed patio and garden and easily rival any luxe hotel bedroom. Though we have to admit, the master suite puts the other dwellings to shame. Decked out with a generous walk-in dressing room, spa-like bathroom, floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, and private walled courtyard, the master bedroom is a serene retreat in and of itself.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from DeGeneres’s house flipping adventures, it’s that the the star doesn’t appear to have a preference when it comes to architectural style. Since her very first foray into homeownership at age 30, the comedienne’s projects have spanned the design spectrum from mid-century modern to contemporary to traditional. That said, each of the homes she’s ever owned have something in common: a shared emphasis on natural light and indoor/outdoor zen.
Outside along the semicircular terrace, a cozy fire pit, plunge swimming pool, and city-to-ocean views await. High-impact details along the entire exterior—like the oxidized copper finials and crawling greenery by the front entrance—add bonus intrigue to the outdoor space.
In true Ellen style, her latest snag is nothing short of a total catch. Although we’ve come to learn that the A-list hostess isn’t a fan of sitting still, we can’t help but wonder… could this be her forever home?
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