Déjà vu? Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have sold their historic Rancho San Leandro home in Montecito for the second time.
The former talk show host of the same name and his wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first bought the estate for $7 million before giving it to Tinder co-founder Sean Rad less than a year later. for 11 million dollars. However, Ellen and Portia bought the house back for $14.3 million before recently selling it to Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd for an impressive $21 million.
Rancho San Leandro is more than just one of the world’s finest homes—it’s an iconic site (pictured below) with an everlasting legacy in California history. Once a 6,830-acre Mexican land grant in present-day Alameda County that Governor Juan Alvarado gave to José Joaquín Estudillo in 1842, the land was developed by the Domínguez family in the mid-1850s, which which marked one of the most important land grants in the state.
Siteline Santa Barbara (opens in a new tab) — who first reported the sale — shared that Ellen and Portia sold the property to Whitney and her Texas oil heir husband Michael Herd, who reportedly share an estimated net worth of more than 740 million dollars. Dirt (opens in a new tab) adds that the house is next to Oprah Winfrey’s famous “Promised Land” estate, which is described as her “forever home.” Other Montecito residents include Meghan and Harry, Ariana Grande and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Also, while selling and buying back a home may seem surprising to some, it’s not new to Ellen and Portia. Likewise, the couple re-purchased another Montecito ranch known as The Villa in 2021, shortly after announcing the end of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
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Rancho San Leandro’s exterior is a testament to its heritage, with a cobblestone patio and stark white facade. Inside, decor ideas fuse history and modernity through its tiled floors and vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, accented with a clean, neutral color scheme.
Adjacent to the one-story main house is a separate bonus space with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The white kitchen is contemporary, but recalls traditionalism through its rustic tile floor and intricate backsplash with a Spanish Colonial Revival aesthetic.
And while we don’t know what dinnerware Ellen chose, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her dinnerware collection (as seen below) in this space.
As for the house yard ideas, the grounds include a field of olive trees and green gardens with integrated equestrian facilities such as a riding ring, a four-stall stable and a barn. There is also an outdoor deck with an outdoor fireplace that is perfect for lounging as the sun sets over Montecito.
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