Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, have bought a 13-acre estate in Montecito that had been listed at $26.5 million. The purchase price has not yet appeared in the public record.
The restored Tuscan-style villa and gardens had undergone years and millions of dollars in reconstruction work under the care of an earlier owner, designer John Saladino.
The two-story villa was built in the late 1920s from locally quarried stone. The property, entered through wrought-iron gates, has a quarter-mile-long driveway that winds through olive and eucalyptus trees.
Downstairs, the villa includes an 800-square-foot living room, a dining room and a library/media room. The state-of-the-art kitchen adjoins a breakfast room that opens to gardens.
The master bedroom and bathroom — with under-floor heating — and a second en suite bedroom are also downstairs; three more en suite bedrooms and a sitting room are upstairs. Bathroom fixtures include a Roman hand basin and an Italian neoclassical marble tub, dating from about 1720.
There are nine fireplaces, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 10,500 square feet of living space. The guest quarters have a bedroom and bathroom.
The grounds include a swimming pool.
DeGeneres, 55, and De Rossi, 40, own several properties in Southern California.
Trainer wants to see a gain
"The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels has listed a house for sale in Hollywood Hills West at $2.45 million.
The contemporary home, built in 2000, features an open floor plan, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There is a swimming pool and a security camera system. There's no gym, but Michaels probably works out at the office.
Michaels, 39, has starred in "Loser" since 2005 and her own show, "Losing It With Jillian" (2010).
She bought the property in 2008 for $1.565 million, public records show.
Rachel Maslan of Hilton & Hyland is the listing agent.
Actor marks home off for-sale list
Actor Kelsey Grammer, whose numerous homes keep popping up on the market, has parted with his Ralph Flewelling-designed Spanish classic in Beverly Hills for $6.7 million.
He bought the property about a year ago for $6.5 million. The gated 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival-style house features a two-story entry, a step-down living room, six bedrooms (including the guesthouse) and six bathrooms. The home has close to 6,100 square feet of living space.
Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool and a motor court.
The Emmy-winning Grammer, 58, began his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" in the late 1980s and then continued it for a decade on "Frasier." More recently, he starred in and was the executive producer of the series "Boss."
Christopher Dyson of Keller Williams' Hollywood Hills office was the listing agent. Lee Ziff of the Beverly Hills office represented the buyer.