Ellen DeGeneres lists beachfront property for $24m

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09.07.19

Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has made the latest adjustment to her ever-changing real estate portfolio, listing a beachfront compound in California’s oceanside city of Carpinteria for $24 million.

Ms. DeGeneres, 61, bought the four-bedroom home in 2017, according to records on PropertyShark.

She paid $18.6 million for the place using a trust with her business manager Harley J. Neuman listed as the trustee, according to records with PropertyShark.

Mr. Neuman has been the registered trustee on most, if not all, of the recent real estate transactions made by the comedian and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, 46.

The spread is full of natural materials and muted palettes, a common design theme among the other homes the celebrity couple has put on the market and one of the things they altered during their tenure.

In fact, the majority of the changes the couple made to the home were cosmetic, Robert Riskin, partner at Riskin Partners Estate Group, the luxury division of Village Properties, told Mansion Global. The brokerage shares the listing with Suzanne Perkins of Compass.

“They updated some of the interior colours and took one bedroom suite and converted it to a media room,” Mr. Riskin said.

Generally, having a celebrity connection doesn’t help a home to sell, according to Mr. Riskin.

“But I do think having Ellen and Portia’s name attached to a property helps it sell,” he said. When it comes to real estate, “they’re known for their exquisite taste and building quality homes.”

Spanning close to 7,000 square feet, the house has around 77 feet of beachfront, a seaside deck, a private rooftop patio, a central enclosed courtyard with a fireplace and ocean views from almost every room.

There is also a guest house and tennis court, according to the listing.

Ms. DeGeneres and Ms. de Rossi are selling because “they bought another home in Montecito not that long ago, and they don’t want too many homes in the same area,” Mr. Riskin said.

This year alone the couple has made a number of real estate moves in California, including the $27 million purchase of a Balinese-style property in Montecito in January; listing a Beverly Hills bungalow in March for $17.95 million; and reportedly buying a $45 million mansion in Beverly Hills from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, in May.

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