Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t just flip homes – she buys them, renovates them, and sells them for a hefty price tag. Since 2003, the talk show host has owned more than 20 properties with his wife, Portia de Rossi, but insists their real estate projects are driven by a passion for architecture and decor. “We buy a house and we love it and we stay there. Then we get bored a bit because we like a different style or a different aesthetic, ”DeGeneres said in a 2018 Today show the interview.
Most recently, the couple got bored with their 10,400-square-foot ivy-covered mansion in Beverly Hills, putting it at $ 53.5 million in March. They are expected to earn more than $ 10 million, having bought the property for $ 45 million in 2019 from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
Whether the house flip is a calculated side activity or a conveniently lucrative passion project, the two clearly aren’t taking hold anytime soon. Here’s a look at nine properties they called home.
1. The tree house
Tucked away on a wooded lot in Laurel Canyon, this mid-century modern bungalow was purchased by DeGeneres for $ 1.3 million in 2004. She gave it a Zen makeover and sold it to director David Weissman in the year. next for almost a million dollars more. The list of former occupants of the residence includes actors Heath Ledger and Josh Hutcherson.
2. The Ogilvy house
DeGeneres and de Rossi lived in this lavish Montecito estate for less than a year before selling it for $ 20 million in 2007 to Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Designed by famous architect George Washington Smith, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion later served as the wedding venue for Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian.
3. Malibu Beach House
Formerly the home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, this chic beachfront mansion features a tennis court, private beach cove, and stunning views of Point Mugu State Park and the Pacific Ocean. DeGeneres bought the newly renovated property from Pitt for $ 12 million in 2011, selling it for $ 13 million soon after.
4. The Laurence Harvey House
DeGeneres and de Rossi bought adjacent properties in Beverly Hills and sold them as
a combined estate to Ryan Seacrest for $ 37 million in 2012. The sprawling resort marked a rare loss for the couple, who spent $ 48 million. At the end of 2020, Seacrest listed the property at nearly double the purchase price of $ 85 million.
5. Brody House
Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, interior designer William Haines and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, this Holmby Hills residence is a masterpiece of Modernist architecture. DeGeneres landed it in 2014 for just under $ 40 million and was fortunate enough to sell it for $ 55 million six months later to Napster co-founder Sean Parker.
6. Rancho San Leandro
DeGeneres and de Rossi bought this equestrian complex in 2017. They sold it the following year to Sean Rad, founder of Tinder, for a profit of $ 4 million. The Montecito property is adjacent to the Oprah Winfrey property.
7. The Villa, Montecito
This Tuscan-style villa was built in the 1930s by architect Wallace Frost and restored years later by designer John Saladino. Featuring nine fireplaces, terraced gardens and 18th-century Italian tiles, the home was purchased by DeGeneres and de Rossi in 2013 for $ 26.5 million. Netflix executive Ted Sarandos bought it from the couple in 2018 for $ 34 million.
8. Salt Hill House
DeGeneres and de Rossi added another architectural style to their portfolio in 2018, when they bought this Montecito estate for $ 27 million. The Balinese-inspired resort, which includes a koi pond, fitness hut, and infinity pool overlooking the ocean, sold for $ 33.3 million in late 2020.
9. Porter House
This English Tudor-style home was purchased and renovated by DeGeneres and de Rossi in January 2020 for $ 3.6 million. With beamed ceilings and lush gardens with stone walls, the residence seems straight out of a storybook. Although Ariana Grande moved into the house last year, she didn’t buy it for a song – she paid almost double the previous price, $ 6.75 million.
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