Ellen DeGeneres Is Flipping Houses Like People Change Clothes

The host’s star may have lost its luster after mean-girl accusations, but her bank account still shines

Ellen DeGeneres doesn’t just flip houses—she buys, renovates, and sells them at a massive mark-up. Since 2003, the talk-show host has owned more than 20 properties with her wife, Portia de Rossi, but insists that their real estate ventures are driven by a passion for architecture and decorating. “We buy a house and we love it and we stay in it. Then we get a little bored because we like a different style or different aesthetic,” DeGeneres said in a 2018 Today show interview.

Most recently, the couple have grown bored with their 10,400- square-foot, ivy-covered mansion in Beverly Hills, listing it for $53.5 million in March. They stand to gain more than $10 million, having purchased the property for $45 million in 2019 from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

Whether house-flipping is a calculated side hustle or a conveniently lucrative passion project, the two clearly aren’t settling down anytime soon. Here’s a look at nine properties they’ve called home.

1. The Tree House


Nestled on a wooded lot in Laurel Canyon, this midcentury modern bungalow was purchased by DeGeneres for $1.3 million in 2004. She gave it a Zen makeover and sold it to director David Weissman the following year for nearly a million dollars more. The residence’s star-studded list of past occupants includes actors Heath Ledger and Josh Hutcherson.

2. The Ogilvy House

DeGeneres and de Rossi lived in this lavish Montecito estate for less than a year before selling it for $20 million in 2007 to Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt. Designed by famed architect George Washington Smith, the Spanish colonial revival-style mansion later served as the wedding venue for Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian.

3. Malibu Beach House

Once home to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, this swanky oceanside mansion boasts a tennis court, a private beach cove, and stunning views of Point Mugu State Park and the Pacific Ocean. DeGeneres bought the newly renovated property from Pitt for $12 million in 2011, selling it for $13 million shortly thereafter.

4. The Laurence Harvey House


DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased adjoining properties in Beverly Hills and sold them as
a combined estate to Ryan Seacrest for $37 million in 2012. The sprawling compound marked a rare loss for the couple, who spent $48 million. In late 2020, Seacrest listed the property at nearly double the purchase price—a whopping $85 million.

5. Brody House

Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, interior designer William Haines, and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, this Holmby Hills residence is a masterpiece of modernist architecture. DeGeneres snagged it in 2014 for just shy of $40 million and was lucky to sell it for $55 million six months later to Napster cofounder Sean Parker.

6. Rancho San Leandro


DeGeneres and de Rossi purchased this equestrian compound in 2017. They sold it the following year to Sean Rad, founder of Tinder, for a profit of $4 million. The Montecito property neighbors Oprah Winfrey’s estate.

7. The Villa, Montecito


This Tuscan-style villa was built in the 1930s by architect Wallace Frost and restored years later by designer John Saladino. Featuring nine fireplaces, terraced gardens, and eighteenth-century Italian tiles, the home was purchased by DeGeneres and de Rossi in 2013 for $26.5 million. Netflix executive Ted Sarandos bought it from the couple in 2018 for $34 million.

8. Salt Hill House

DeGeneres and de Rossi added yet another architectural style to their portfolio in 2018, when they purchased this Montecito estate for $27 million. The Balinese-inspired compound, which includes a koi pond, fitness cabana, and infinity pool overlooking the ocean, was sold for $33.3 million in late 2020.

9. Porter House


This English Tudor-style house was bought and renovated by DeGeneres and de Rossi in January 2020 for $3.6 million. Featuring wood-beam ceilings and lush gardens with stone walls, the residence looks like it’s straight out of a storybook. Although Ariana Grande moved into the home last year, she did not buy it for a song: she paid nearly double the previous price, $6.75 million.

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