Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, are sharing their home in the new November issue of Architectural Digest.
The couple, who appear on the cover, live in a 9,200-square-foot single-story residence built by renowned archtiects Buff & Hensman (who built houses for Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra) and expanded by interior designer Melinda Ritz, a former set decorator who won Emmys for Will & Grace.
The residence was originally constructed for Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Harvey (Room at the Top), and was later inhabited by Joan Collins and Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. The couple fell in love with the house when he invited them over to watch an episode of American Idol. "We'd heard how beautiful it was. …We pulled into the driveway and—we just knew before we even walked through the gate," de Rossi told AD. Mutchnick sold it to them for $29 million in 2007.
Perhaps the timing is a coincidence or perhaps it is not, but the house officially went on the market on just days ago with a price of $49 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper reported that the property had previously listed on the website of the broker, Westside Estate Agency, with the price "available upon request."
But that $49 million listing price may represent a price chop. Curbed LA reports that the entire compound was priced back in May at $60 million and that the main house, if sold alone, was available at $49 million. “And now … the asking price on the whole damn thing is just $49 million, “ writes the website’s Adrian Glick Kudler.
DeGeneres called upon several LA decorators and designers — including Tommy and Kathleen Clements of L.A. store Melrose Projects and Cliff Fong, designer of the new Michael Voltaggio restaurant Ink — to help handpick furniture, objects and art for the house. The two, who were married at the house in 2008, enlarged the estate by adding two adjacent properties, replacing one with a pond. The property now comprises three acres and includes two guesthouses and an additional three-bedroom house.
This is the seventh home that the pair have shared together, one for every year they have been together, according to DeGeneres. She also admits that she has lost track of the exact number of houses she has owned over the years.
Currently, the couple also owns a 26-acre equestrian property in the community of Hidden Hills just north of Los Angeles. It had been on the market recently, but according to the Los Angeles Times was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service in mid-August. The Real Estalker, however, is reporting that the property, which includes eight cottages, is currently for sale at $16.5 million.
The November issue of Architectural Digest will available on newsstands October 11. Among the shots are pictures of the couple's shoe shelves, complete "their respective sneakers and stilettos," notes the magazine. Below is a shot of the screened-in porch with a 19th-century trestle table and wicker armchairs.