The former host of the eponymous talk show and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first purchased the estate for $7 million before flipping it less than a year later to Tinder co-founder Sean Rad for $11 million. However, Ellen and Portia later repurchased the home for $14.3 million before recently selling it to Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd for an impressive $21 million.  Rancho San Leandro is more than one of the world’s best homes – it is an iconic site (pictured below) with an eternal legacy in Californian history. Once a 6,830-acre Mexican land grant in present-day Alameda County that Governor Juan Alvarado gave to José Joaquín Estudillo in 1842, the land was developed by the Dominguez family in the mid-1850s – marking one of the state’s most significant land grants. Siteline Santa Barbara (opens in new tab) – who first reported on the sale – shared that Ellen and Portia sold the property to Whitney and her Texas oil heir husband, Michael Herd – who reportedly share an estimated net worth topping $740 million. Dirt (opens in new tab) adds that the home is next door to Oprah Winfrey’s famed ‘Promised Land’ estate, which is described as her ‘forever home.’ Other Montecito residents include Meghan and Harry, Ariana Grande, and Gwyneth Paltrow.  A photo posted by on Plus, while selling and rebuying a home may seem surprising to some, it is not new to Ellen and Portia. The couple similarly repurchased another Montecito ranch known as The Villa in 2021, shortly after announcing the end of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Rancho San Leandro’s exterior is a testament to its heritage – featuring a cobblestone courtyard and a distinct white façade. Inside, the decorating ideas merge history and modernity through its tile floors and vaulted wood-beam ceilings, accentuated with a clean neutral color scheme. Alongside the main single-floor home is a detached bonus space with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The white kitchen is contemporary but nods to traditionalism through its rustic tiled floor and intricate backsplash with a Spanish Colonial Revival aesthetic.  And, while we don’t know which crockery Ellen has chosen, we would not be surprised to see her dinnerware collection (as seen below) in this space.  In terms of the home’s yard ideas, the grounds include an olive grove and verdant gardens with built-in equestrian facilities, such as a riding ring, a four-stall horse stable, and a barn. There is also an al fresco lounging terrace with an outdoor fireplace that is perfect for hosting when the sun sets above Montecito. 

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