Ellen DeGeneres Sells Secluded Santa Barbara Ranch to Brian Robbins

seller: Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
location: Santa Barbara, Calif.
price: $6.98 million
size: Two structures with total of 3 beds, 3.5 baths

It seems hardly a week goes by when Ellen DeGeneres and her actress wife Portia de Rossi aren’t making all the real estate gossip columns for buying, listing or selling a high-priced residence. The property-mad pair are easily the busiest real estate whales in Tinseltown, going through fancy homes like ordinary folks go through toilet paper.

For the last couple months, the couple have been stuck in sell mode. Back in July, they sold their $23 million Carpinteria, Calif. oceanfront retreat to cosmetics mogul Jamie Kern Lima; just last week, they offloaded a $15.5 million Regency-style midcentury Beverly Hills mansion to fashion designer Rea Laccone.

And now, the couple have stealthily sold a semi-remote farmlette in the outskirts of Santa Barbara County, just a wee jaunt north of sandy Carpinteria. The 10.5-acre, decidedly pastoral spread was sold for $6.982 million and acquired, records reveal, by longtime Hollywood hotshot and current Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.

The nearly $7 million sale price is a great deal of money, of course, but it’s also over $2 million less than the $8.995 million originally requested by DeGeneres and just $282,000 more than the $6.7 million she paid for the property back in August 2018, a relatively slim profit that quickly evaporates once renovation costs, hefty taxes and fat realtor fees are considered.

Speaking of renovations, DeGeneres did — as is her custom — give the entire property a remarkably quick yet extensive overhaul that transformed the undeniably charming if somewhat bedraggled ranch into a “hip Santa Barbara hideaway” with “an esoteric farmhouse and century-old barn” that together fuse “old world sensibility with the best in modern design.”

An electronic driveway gate plays bouncer for the sprawling compound, while vibrantly-colored wildflowers bloom along the pea gravel drive that winds up to the irregularly-shaped main house. A screened porch has views of the sprawling property, and the home’s front door opens into a lounge-like living and dining area with crisp white walls and a fireplace. There are 3 beds and 2.5 bathrooms in the main residence, each bath done up in a decidedly mod getup of white-and-black tile accents. The all-black kitchen contains a full suite of high-end designer appliances, plus granite countertops and custom cabinetry.

The lovely converted barn lies just across the way from the main residence and sports a full bathroom, potentially enabling the cavernous space to be used as a very cool guesthouse. Currently outfitted as a creative work studio, the space has chalky white walls and could also function as a great home office or storage space.

Ancient oaks and broad sweeps of grassy lawn cover much of the property; directly behind the main house, tucked into a hilly knoll, lies a lagoon-style swimming pool and inground spa.

For the moment, DeGeneres and de Rossi continue to maintain a $27 million Bali-inspired estate near Montecito; their main residence, however, is the $42.5 million English Tudor-style mansion in Beverly Hills they bought from Adam Levine a couple months back.

As for Robbins, he’s also no slouch in the property game department. Back in late 2017, he coughed up just over $12.4 million for a Tudor-style mansion in hoity-toity Hancock Park. The following year, he sold a stately residence in the leafy Brentwood Park nabe for just over $15 million to Coldplay manager Phil Harvey.

Suzanne Perkins of Compass and Riskin Partners of Village Properties held the Santa Barbara ranch listing.

  1. Marianna says:

    Hi I don’t understand why the famous people have to buy a house after for example 18 months then later on sell it again!!as I guess that they can’t settle in one house for good in their lives!!! As well it makes me even wonder do they always have is itchy feet that they want to sell me their current home??let alone my belated dad did the same by selling the home then buy another home let alone I must admit I didn’t have much school in my birth country which is Holland not even in Australia so my dad,my mom & I went back & forth… even though I still miss my family in Holland very much but alas my dad & mom have passed away so I can’t even travel ever again because I suffer from epilepsy nor do I want to put my own life at risk either!! I even got a few gifts for my idols in the USA ok if I had the fan mail address or their personal address I would send it straight away because I didn’t see them in Sydney & Melbourne either let alone I don’t want nothing back from my idols who live in the USA as I love giving people gifts from my inner red heart as most people do want something back but that’s not me at all even my Australian friend told me off too by giving gifts but this person has done a lot for me so when I give a gift that is my way of saying thank you

    1. Mary Diorio says:

      After skimming this article of the super rich who make their money plastering their untalented faces in magazines and TV, what a thrill to read some idiot, also untalented and with so little command of the English language, it would have been better written in her NATIVE language (does she even have one??!). In that way, I could have tried translating and finding out WTF she was trying to say!!
      Now, back to the original bullshite of the Rich and the Ugly ..

    2. Mary Diorio says:

      Bad enough the ugly rich of this ugly country play Monopoly with their billions. Most of which were earned by no talent nor beauty, but lucky enough to play in the dumbest, most corrupt and uneducated country in the planet, but then get to read comments making no sense at all, written by the usual, uneducated morons who populate their fanbase.

      1. Tigergrl90 says:

        Your comment waa just as stupid. Why did you read it if it was so terrible? Why are you even on this site if you have such a low opinion of Hollywood celebrities? You really need a life.

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