Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are one of Hollywood's happiest looking couples and certainly one of the best-known same-sex unions. Famous, successful, wealthy, and plainly in love, Ellen and Portia make an enviable pair. But did you know Ellen and Portia also happen to be design mavens who have had one of their homes has featured in Architectural Digest?
It just so happens that Ellen DeGeneres is obsessed with real estate and interior design, and the gorgeous stucco home in the Beverly Hills that Ellen transformed with Portia De Rossi serves as an outlet for her decorating passion. De Rossi and DeGeneres dished on their chic pad to Architectural Digest in 2011, revealing the roots of DeGeneres' penchant for real estate and design and giving lovely insight into the famous couple's warm chemistry and easy rapport.
"We never had a house when I was growing up," DeGeneres told the magazine. "We always rented. But my father would dream, and we used to look at houses all the time. I'd pick out which bedroom would be mine and get all excited. The first thing I did when I made money was buy a house. And then-"
"Another one," De Rossi interrupted. "And another one and another one and another one..."
De Rossi wasn't kidding. DeGeneres said she's lost track of how many homes she's owned, but said that the Beverly Hills compound was the seventh she had shared with De Rossi, and that they were already considering putting it on the market!
The home was built by renowned architects Buff & Hensman and has been lovingly shaped by its residents and their designers over the years. Designer Melinda Ritz added ceiling beams and reclaimed-wood features, warming up the modern space. De Rossi told AD that she and Ellen fell in love with the home before they'd even walked through the gate. Once they purchased the home, they quickly applied their own design visions.
"Changing my environment is in my blood," DeGeneres told AD. "Like, the living room has been through five or six incarnations since."
"Five or six?" De Rossi chimed in. "More like 15 or 16. Seriously."
DeGeneres ended up purchasing two neighboring properties and replacing one with a pond and orchards. She consulted with several Los Angeles dealers and designers to help her find furniture, objects and art to suit her interior decorating sensibilities.
But the couple wasn't kidding about DeGeneres' restless passion for new real estate. The home went on the market later in 2011 for $49 million. Once that sold, they paid Brad Pitt $12 million for his Malibu house, only to sell it for $13 million less than a year later!
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi downsized last summer to an 8,500-square-foot home in the Trousdale Estates area of Los Angeles, built in 1958 and designed by famed architect Hal Levitt. How long do you suppose they'll stay there?