Property of the Day: Santa Barbara, Montecito

This beautiful Californian villa is currently home to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

THE PROPERTY: This romantic 1930s estate, which Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi have expanded considerably since they bought it in 2012, covers more than 16 acres of land. 

THE LOCATION: Situated in the coveted district of Montecito, California, with its lush, Tuscan-style countryside, the home stands on a crest with views of the ocean, harbour and mountains.

THE INTERIOR: The design scheme blends Californian and Mediterranean styles, with exposed ceiling beams, 18th-century Italian tiles and vintage light fixtures. The six-bedroom, six-bathroom home is full of natural light, with an abundance of windows and doors to create a link with the outdoors.

WHY WE LOVE IT: With an entertainment pavilion, a lap pool and a championship tennis court, this is the perfect Californian retreat. The landscaped gardens, which feature olive- and eucalyptus-trees, fountains, statuary and a pretty dining area, are a delight to behold.

BUY IT NOW: $45,000,000 (approx. £36,002,880) with Sotheby’s International Realty Montecito

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