Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi list their stunning Tuscan-style US home

Designed in the 1930s by celebrated architect Wallace Frost, the Montecito house owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de ...
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Designed in the 1930s by celebrated architect Wallace Frost, the Montecito house owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi is understated, yet beautiful.

You can trust US stars Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to do it with style, and their Montecito, Santa Barbara house doesn't disappoint.

Despite being on the market for US$45 million (NZ$63.78m) this is not your typical OTT celebrity mansion. For starters, it's not imposing – in places it is two storeys, but it hunkers down into the landscape.

And as you might expect, the interior design of the house owned by the talk-show host and her actor wife is flawless, with plenty of interesting art, natural materials, fireplaces (9) and intimate seating areas.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi have flipped several houses in recent years, but this $63.78m property may fetch the ...
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi have flipped several houses in recent years, but this $63.78m property may fetch the most to date.

Listing agent Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's International Real Estate describes it as having a "pastoral ambience" that's reminiscent of the Tuscany countryside. 

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The 975 square-metre house was designed in the 1930s by celebrated architect Wallace Frost, who created it for himself after having lived in Italy. Frost emulated the classical style of 17th-century Italian villas to create "an air of old-world romance and refinement".

Just like traditional Italian houses, this one features a loggia at the entry.
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Just like traditional Italian houses, this one features a loggia at the entry.

"Impeccable attention was paid to every detail," says Perkins. Traditional features include a classic barrel-tiled roof, terracotta surfaces, wide wood flooring planks, rustic exposed ceiling beams, 18th-century Italian tiles, vintage light fixtures, and sturdy walls of locally quarried stone.

The property also features several outdoor living areas, a pool, modern entertainment pavilion and tennis court. And it is surrounded by mature trees that provide shady places for alfresco dining – just as in Italy.

DeGeneres wrote about the house in her interior design book "Home", where she said she was charmed by the "tiny, tucked-beneath-the-stairs rooms", and "strange nooks and crannies and little moments of surprise".

DeGeneres said in her book that she loves the 'tiny, tucked-beneath-the-stairs rooms' and 'strange nooks and crannies ...
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DeGeneres said in her book that she loves the 'tiny, tucked-beneath-the-stairs rooms' and 'strange nooks and crannies and little moments of surprise'.

DeGeneres and de Rossi are known for flipping houses. In 2012, they sold their Beverly Hills property to television host Ryan Seacrest for around US$37m. Forbes lists DeGeneres at number 13 on the list of highest-paid celebrities.

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An arched doorway with steel joinery frames the view.
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An arched doorway with steel joinery frames the view.

Altogether there are nine fireplaces in the 975 square-metre house.
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Altogether there are nine fireplaces in the 975 square-metre house.

Beautiful Mid-century furniture is a feature of many rooms.
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Beautiful Mid-century furniture is a feature of many rooms.

Even the formal dining room is all about undestated class.
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Even the formal dining room is all about undestated class.

The stunning kitchen teams modern materials with old timbers.
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The stunning kitchen teams modern materials with old timbers.

Solid stone walls keep the interior cool right through the heat of the summer.
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Solid stone walls keep the interior cool right through the heat of the summer.

There is even a fireplace in the master bathroom.
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There is even a fireplace in the master bathroom.

The alfresco table beneath the gnarled branches of the trees is reminiscent of an outdoor setting in Italy.
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The alfresco table beneath the gnarled branches of the trees is reminiscent of an outdoor setting in Italy.

When the sun sets in the early evening, the setting is even more magical.
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When the sun sets in the early evening, the setting is even more magical.

The property features a lap pool and an entertainment pavilion.
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The property features a lap pool and an entertainment pavilion.

The entertaining pavilion opens out to a stepped terrace beside the pool.
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The entertaining pavilion opens out to a stepped terrace beside the pool.

Copper accents are the only 'shiny' thing in evidence in the house.
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Copper accents are the only 'shiny' thing in evidence in the house.

And there's always the outdoor kitchen for alfresco entertaining.
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And there's always the outdoor kitchen for alfresco entertaining.

The house has views across a valley to the Pacific Ocean.
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The house has views across a valley to the Pacific Ocean.

Anyone for tennis?
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Anyone for tennis?

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