Ellen DeGeneres and 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 has undergone years and “millions and millions” of dollars in reconstruction work under the care of its earlier owner, architect and designer John Saladino.
The two-story villa was built in the late 1920s from locally quarried stone. The property is entered through wrought-iron gates. A quarter-mile driveway 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 with 30-foot Italian cypresses and a mature olive tree.