ELLEN DEGENERES AND PORTIA DE ROSSI’S ROMANTIC VILLA

In the hills of Santa Barbara, the pure pastoral ambience of the Tuscan countryside pervades this elegant stone villa, with its gentle light, rugged stone and wood and reverence for the natural surroundings. Perched on a crest with views of the ocean, harbor, and mountains, the secluded estate was designed by Wallace Frost… emulating the classical style of 17th-century Italian villas and creating an air of Old World romance and refinement. Impeccable attention was paid to every detail: a classic barrel-tiled roof, terra-cotta surfaces, wide wood flooring planks, rustic exposed ceiling beams, 18th-century Italian tiles, vintage light fixtures, and sturdy walls of locally quarried stone. The 16.88-acre grounds… [is] strewn with olive and eucalyptus trees, charming fountains, colorful gardens, and eye-catching statuary and sculpture. – Sotheby’s International Realty