Architectural Digest adds yet another celebrities’ house review to their portfolio when interviewing Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi about their $49 million mansion.
The readers can find out more about the building in the November issue of the magazine, when the couple tells the story of their home.
The mansion was built by two well-known architects Buff&Hensman, who aren’t new to designing for the celebrities. They also signed the blueprints for projects like the Steve McQueen or Frank Sinatra’s houses. The 9200 square foot building was expended for the two actresses by the interior designer Melinda Ritz, an awarded decorator, who won several Emmys while working for the TV show Will&Grace.
The first owner of the residence was Laurence Harvey, who was nominated for the Oscar for his performance in Room at the Top, and later on became home for Joan Collins and Max Mutchnick. Ellen and Portia first entered the building when invited by Mutchnick to watch an episode of American Idol, and fell in love with it. “We pulled into the driveway and—we just knew before we even walked through the gate”, Portia stated for the Architectural Digest.
Recently the mansion made it back on the market with a price of $49 million, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, although the property was previously listed with an “on request” available price. The amount is considered to be a cut down made by the couple, since the mansion’s main house alone is evaluated to the $49 million, while the entire compound price raises to about $60 million.
Several other renowned decorators helped Ellen and Portia with their home. Among them, Tommy and Kathleen Clements of Melrose Projects and Cliff Fong who signed the designs for the newest Ink restaurant. They advised covered picking furniture and art for the house. The actresses enlarged the property, adding a pond, two guesthouses and a three bedroom house.
During the seven years they have been together, the couple moved into seven different houses, one for each year. Ellen and Portia also own an equestrian property, nearby Los Angeles, which has been evaluated to a $16.5 million value.
The latest issue of Architectural Digest will be available for the public starting with 11th of October.