Over the past few months, talk show host, stand-up comedian and sports commentator Dennis Miller has downsized his primary residence, moving out of a large and insulated compound and into a smaller and in many ways more appealing property.
The incoming and outgoing homes are both in Montecito. The process began with the sale of Miller’s expansive compound in the Mediterranean-like seaside city, an estate he’d custom built and owned for about a decade. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi ponied up $49 million for the 4.3 acre property, and its five-building array; a 9,000 sq. ft. main house and a large guest house are the star attractions.
Incoming is a villa containing five bedrooms and six baths. It sits on a larger lot—just over 5 acres—and dates to 1986. Miller paid $16.3 million for it.
The property’s design favors indoor/outdoor living; most appealing is a loggia accessible via three sets of French doors, with groin vaulting and ornamental columns as flourishes. The home’s interiors are breezy and stylized, with skylights, high ceilings, fireplaces, rounded corners, arches; columns and groin vaulting are used throughout to drive home the Italianate influence.
In its grounds design, the estate evokes a heady sense of space whenever it can. A long green tunnel of a driveway, an unfurled scroll of outdoor pool and garden area that extends from the back steps, and a great, soft gradient of lawn that rolls away along one side of acreage are the outstanding features of this meandering property.
Miller currently hosts Dennis Miller + One on RT America.