Ellen DeGeneres, iconic American talk show host and comedic personality, has purchased yet another Beverly Hills abode adding the $8.5 million residence to her $450 million real estate portfolio.
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Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia de Rossi, are deemed as one of the most impressive contenders in the celebrity real estate market. The duo have been recognized for their frequent involvement in purchasing, renovating, and selling homes. The iconic talk show host has reportedly owned 20 properties since 2003. Recently, DeGeneres and de Rossi were reported to be gravitating further from the bustling city lifestyle selling their $45 million Beverly Hills mansion, their last remaining property in Los Angeles. Now, however, the celebrity couple are once again adding to their Californian catalog with the purchase of a new Beverly Hills abode for $8.5 million.
Built in 1961 by famed architect Robert Skinner, the home is often mistaken as the “Rowan estate” due a misspelling of the original commissioner, banker David H. Rowen and his wife, Shirley. In 1967, the property was purchased by architect Bruce D. Becket who owned it for 45 years. In 2012, talent agent Gregory Cavic and his wife, Jessica, purchased the residence for $3.5 million. Since then, the space has been completely restored by architect John Bertram and designer Sarah Shetter. Now, the half century old Beverly Hills home is in Ellen’s ownership.
Located in the posh community of Hidden Valley Estates, DeGeneres and de Rossi’s newfound property spans 4,614 square feet with five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The mid-century offers decorative elements of terrazzo flooring, wood finishes, vintage details, and redwood tongue and groove siding. The open floor plan highlights floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls for a comfortable and airy atmosphere. The living space features built in bookshelves, a distinctive light fixture, and plentiful sunlight. Leading from the living room rests the chef’s kitchen equipped with Douglas fir cabinets, Calacatta Gold salt marble countertops, and casual dining area. Also adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room perfect for entertaining. Stepping outside, the expansive near half acre exterior presents a courtyard entry and in-ground pool. Additionally, the lush greenery, trees, and gardens are designed by Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes.