Ellen DeGeneres Buys Dennis Miller's Montecito Estate
January 04, 2021 - Montecito
Last month, comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller and his wife Carolyn Espley-Miller sold their sizable estate in Montecito for $49 million.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the buyers were Montecito-loving duo Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, who closed the deal with cash.
The compound, which was not publicly listed for sale, includes three separate parcels of land totaling more than 4 acres and several structures, records show.
Ms. Espley-Miller provided her Instagram followers with glimpses of the property over the years, showing off the South African Cape Dutch-style main house, a "barn" designed by Los Angeles architect Tom Kundig and a large lily pond.
She often posted about the wildlife on the property, including dragonflies, hummingbirds, ducks and a heron, as well as the extensive gardens. Ms. DeGeneres allowed the Millers to remain in the home for a time after the closing.
The $49 million purchase was is the priciest deals ever recorded in Santa Barbara County.
Ms. DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi are widely known to be investors in real estate and have long had a home in Montecito. They sold a Bali-inspired estate for $33.3 million in November.
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