So frequently do Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi buy, sell, renovate and/or flip their way into the real estate columns that a thought arises: perhaps a spinoff media company dedicated solely to their residential wheeling and dealing could be successfully floated as a going concern.
Such speculation aside, the power duo certainly hit it right this time around. The Carpinteria beach house the couple picked up in 2017 for $18.5 million, updated, and listed in June has sold for $23 million—just a mil shy of ask. The home was on the open market for less than three weeks when the deal was sealed.
The update wasn’t extensive. It amounted to bringing the home into line with contemporary tastes that cooled the existing effusion and improved the home’s feeling of transparency. The plank floors remain, but gone is the honey; most of the original glass remains, but the series windows that strongly associated the house with its c. 1980 vintage also vanished.
The house is fit to be a billionaire’s beach getaway, and features a master suite designed for two, although there are four bedrooms overall. It was cosmetics mogul Jamie Kern Lima who was entranced enough by the house and its remarkably quiet seaside setting to pony up the considerable funds to call it a home away from home.