Though Ellen DeGeneres has said she doesn’t consider herself a house flipper, the talk show host and her wife Portia de Rossi’s ability to buy and sell is practically unrivaled. The superstar couple most recently listed a unique English Tudor home in Montecito for $6.9 million—nearly double their purchase price of $3.6 million—just four months after they bought it.
The new price tag does, naturally, reflect some of the premium upgrades DeGeneres and De Rossi made to the 5,500-square-foot dwelling, including a new laundry room, upgraded kitchens, and substantially updated bathrooms. Other, more subtle changes include bright white paint on the exposed brick fireplaces and the addition of more modern light fixtures, like delicate paper lanterns.
Full of Old World charm, the property consists of two bedrooms and two full and two half bathrooms spread out across two separate structures connected by a glass-enclosed solarium. Uniquely, these were formerly barns, built back in the 1700s and later moved from England to California. The home boasts high, exposed-beam ceilings, with wide-plank hardwood and tile floors throughout.
One particularly notable room is an octagonal study that is lined with 28-pane casement windows. Lofted lounges and bedrooms also add a bit of variety to the property’s unusual blueprint—a lofted den overlooks one of the living rooms, while a bedroom with its own fireplace is situated just above a living room in the other wing of the house. There’s also a workshop, a gym space, a fully finished basement, and a three-car garage with its own restroom. Variety previously reported that the exquisite gardens were designed by landscape architect Tom Nielson and include a variety of mature trees and wildflowers.
Aside from this recently listed home, DeGeneres and De Rossi also own two other properties in the Montecito area, including a Balinese-style compound they bought in early 2019 for $27 million and the fixer-upper next door, which they also bought last year, for $1.9 million.