Ellen Lee DeGeneres is a versatile person, who practises a professional career as a comedian, television host, actress, writer and a producer. Growing up in America, she hosted the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 98 and also has her own talk show on television, The Ellen Degeneres Show, since 2003. She started her career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980’s, as a film actress. She has acted in Mr Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and also in the movie The Love Letter (1999), and has given voice for Dory’s character in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016) films. For the film, Finding Dory, she won a Saturn Award for her stunning vocal performance.

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In 2010, she judged in the ninth season of American Idol. She has hosted many awards shows like the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. She has written four books and has her own record company. Lately, she has quit her show. But in that period, she has owned $450 million in the house swapping business and made enough profits to cover the cost of her current holdings, Rancho San Leandro and the Dennis Miller house in California.

Homes sold by Ellen: A closer look

Rancho San Leandro

Montecito, California
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The history of the Californian house began long ago when it was originally built by the Dominguez family in the mid-1850s. The property sits on a knoll for about 6 six acres facing the Pacific and is gently shadowed by the Santa Ynez Mountains. The surrounding area emerged from polo fields where celebrities such as Clark Gable frolicked to become the exclusive gated community of Ennisbrook.

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Rancho San Leandro adds in the original adobe home along with the Monterey House which is a grand home built in the early 2000s, reflecting the grace of both their past and the present. The main driveway is flanked by the 50 old olive trees and leading to the large stone-covered motor court and an entrance fountain. The estate comprises two houses, with a four-stable stall and a tack room that views a dressage avenue and paddocks.

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DeGeneres has recently popped up in the headlines on investing $14.3 million on a ranch that she sold only three years ago. Now she owns it at double the sum of which she purchased. The Monterey house consists of three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a dining area, a formal library, a gym and a terrace with a fireplace. The adobe house offers solitude to the single master suite with two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a breakfast room, a subterranean wine cellar and a game room. 

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Dennis Miller house

Montecito, California

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Though Ellen faced many toxic allegations at work, in 2020 she went all in for the $49 million estate in all-cash, for an exclusively private estate spanning three lots. It is the second home owned by Ellen and De Rossi together.

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The 4.3 acres estate was developed by Dennis Miller, a famous talk show host, over nearly a decade, beginning in 2006. The property was bought and built surreptitiously, hence the details about the total number of rooms and bathrooms built remain a mystery.

The property with the outlooks of a fortress has a beautiful guest house, an enormous garage, an infinity pool, a leisure area comprising of a pool house, a barn designed by Tom Kundig, principal and owner of Olson Kundig Architects, and a 9,000 square-foot magnanimous mansion in the South African Cape Dutch architectural style.

Barry Schwarz home

Hollywood Hills

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Ellen purchased this 4,000 square-foot house in 2005 from commercial director David Ramser and sold it back for $10 million in 2007 to Allison Milligard, simply to buy it back in 2014. The one storey house has a vaulted and beamed wooden ceiling with built-in shelving and a fireplace in the open living room accompanied by five bedrooms. The 1.64-acre lot includes a swimming pool, a fire pit and a three-car parking garage with vistas of the Los Angeles skyline. It was built in 1958 and is still owned by the LLC which was bought back from Ellen.

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Adam Levine house

Beverly Hills

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DeGeneres recently sold the mansion once owned by Adam Levine, a 10,400-square-foot property for $47 million, making a $2 million profit. The ivy-covered five bedrooms and nine bathrooms home was built in 1933. She purchased it for $45 million in 2019 and completely renovated it.

The mansion houses steel doors, windows and wide-plank reclaimed wooden floors with a two-storey foyer space and is followed by a 50-foot living room with a stone fireplace and white plastered walls. The mansion is planned with a huge dining space setup with a bar, including an intimate panelled library, along with two kitchens, a gym and a theatre with a bar. 

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The primary bedroom suite has two large walk-in wardrobes plus an extravagant bathroom. The one-acre estate comprises of rolling lawns and a beautiful garden with a resort-like pool, a sunken tennis court, a guest house and an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven.

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Ariana Grande’s Tutor house

Montecito, California

DeGeneres purchased the house for $3.6 million in 2020 and sold it out to the singer Ariana Grande months later for $6.75 million. This is the first property they have ever purchased intending to renovate and sell. The pair quite enjoyed working on this home and were thrilled about how it turned out to be. The mansion consists of three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two powder rooms and is an actual English Tudor mansion, designed with a 5,500-square-foot. It was constructed in the 1700s and brought over from Europe in the 1980s.

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The historic home encompasses an orangery, an octagonal library, exposed brick fireplaces, wood beam ceilings, two kitchens, a gym and a workshop. The 1.35-acre plot consists of a three-car parking garage incorporating lush gardens designed by landscape architect Tom Nielsen with brick terraces, mature trees and stone pathways.

Salt Hill house

Montecito, California

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In 2019, DeGeneres purchased the 10,700-square-foot property from Schuck’s Auto Supply heiress Marsha Glazer for a lump sum of $27 million. The house contains five bedrooms, ten bathrooms, two offices with Balinese and Asian-influenced contemporary design style incorporated within the house and built-in 2011. It has large glass doors which open up to a verandah with a panoramic sight stretching for almost 50 miles along the coastline.

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The previous year, Ellen sold the house for $33.3 million to the buyer.

The house encompasses a guest house, an infinity pool, a cabana with a gym and a large pond.

Nickelodeon house

Montecito, California

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The house consists of four bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms and designed with functional minimalism, in response with the expanses of retractable and Vitrocsa Invisible Wall glass. The 40-acre plot is situated in between the landscape setting of Santa Ynez mountains and Toro Canyon Park.

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The home also has a two bedroom guest house along with a multi-room cabana. She sold the house to Brian Robbins, who is the President of Nickelodeon for a sum of $6.98 million in 2019 and he still owns the house.

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John Elgin Woolf house

Beverly Hills

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DeGeneres purchased the 3,900-square-foot home from the banker Harry J. Folk, Marjorie L. Volk’s widow for a sum of $15 million in 2018. The house consists of three bedrooms and four bathrooms, designed by John Elgin Woolf in the Hollywood Regency style in 1962.

The house incorporates a walled and gated motor court including an outback, a covered patio and outdoor areas with columns and bay windows. The half-acre plot extends with the city and ocean views. DeGeneres remodelled and renewed the property’s outlook before she sold it for $15.5 million in 2019 to the Laccone Living Trust. After which she has not sold the property.

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Maguire beach house

Carpenteria

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DeGeneres got this 4,800-square-foot beach house from Robert F. Maguire III, a real estate developer. The house consists of four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms with a cedar-shingle roof, contemporary interiors and window-lined walls.

The one-acre estate comprises a guest house, a clay tennis court, a plunge pool and a 79 feet of waterfront, encompassing the spaces. She traded the house for $23 million in 2019 to the makeup tycoon Jamie Kern Lima, who owns the mansion now.

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Beverly West tower condominiums

Los Angeles

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She bought the two adjacent condominiums for $13.2 million at Los Angeles, in 2014. She sold them for $11.85 million in 2017, losing over $1.3 million.

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Each unit owns a private elevator, floor-to-ceiling windows and stone finishes. One was a 4,158-square-foot with two bedrooms and three bathrooms condominium along with another 3,800-square-foot home with two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms condominium. Flaunting the wide-plank flooring and custom panelling, in contrast, the other kitchen had black cabinetry and money green stone countertops.

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References

New York Post. 2021. A look inside all of Ellen DeGeneres’ homes: Her $450M real estate portfolio. [online] Available at: <https://nypost.com/article/a-look-inside-all-of-ellen-degeneres-homes/> [Accessed 25 August 2021].

homesandgardens.com. 2021. Ellen DeGeneres’ stunning home is on the market – explore her stylish Beverly Hills sanctuary. [online] Available at: <https://www.homesandgardens.com/news/ellen-degeneres-house> [Accessed 25 August 2021].

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Velvet Ropes Real Estate. 2021. Ellen DeGeneres House: A Comprehensive List of Her Many Homes in California. [online] Available at: <https://www.velvetropes.com/backstage/ellen-degeneres-house> [Accessed 25 August 2021].

Author

Prakriti is an Architecture graduate from MCE, Chennai. She is an enthusiastic person and is passionate towards writing perspectives that are profound and narrative. She gets fascinated by Tadao Ando’s minimalistic approach and loves to explore new avenues of architecture in a sustainable manner.

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