Ellen DeGeneres buys a $2.9 million Santa Barbara bungalow…a VERY modest contrast to her $49 million estate

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Ellen DeGeneres has never been shy about spending big on real estate and has bought up more than a few eight-figure properties over the years.

But the outgoing talk show host, 63, recently bought a much more modest home, purchasing a $2.9 million home in Santa Barbara, not far from the 8.24-acre estate in Montecito, California that she and wife Portia de Rossi are home to. to mention.

The 1,700-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom hideaway is in a prime location, just steps from the Montecito Butterfly Beach and the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara.

Allowance! Ellen DeGeneres (above in 2018) purchased a $2.9 million bungalow in Santa Barbara, a fairly modest purchase compared to the $49 million estate in Montecito she bought last year.

Location, Location: The two bedroom, two bath hideaway is just steps from the Montecito Butterfly Beach and Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara

Location, Location: The two bedroom, two bath hideaway is just steps from the Montecito Butterfly Beach and Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara

The house welcomes visitors into a lush garden via a stone walkway.

A handsome sitting room with a fireplace adjoins the entrance and offers plenty of light through tall sliding glass doors.

Close by is a master bedroom with sliding glass doors that open onto a spacious patio. It has an en-suite bathroom with a large bath and patio doors leading to a small rock garden overlooking a private courtyard.

The kitchen features a granite center island with burners, oven and bar seating area, along with state-of-the-art appliances and sleek mid-century cabinetry.

The back is perfect for entertaining, with a water feature and fire pit on the patio. And there’s plenty of room to add a guest house or pool, if Ellen plans on making upgrades.

Lounge: in the back it is perfect for entertaining, with a water feature and fire pit on the patio

Lounge: in the back it is perfect for entertaining, with a water feature and fire pit on the patio

Make yourself at home: a lovely sitting room with a fireplace adjoins the entrance and offers plenty of light through high sliding glass doors

Make yourself at home: a lovely sitting room with a fireplace adjoins the entrance and offers plenty of light through high sliding glass doors

What's cooking?  The kitchen features a granite cooking island with burners, an oven and a seating area on the bar bar

What’s cooking? The kitchen features a granite cooking island with burners, an oven and a seating area on the bar bar

Cozy: Close by is a master bedroom with sliding glass doors that open onto a spacious patio

Cozy: Close by is a master bedroom with sliding glass doors that open onto a spacious patio

The property, which was built in 1954 and has undergone several renovations since then, is perfectly suited to the private type, nestled behind noise-reducing acoustic fence.

The ground floor house is likely an investment for DeGeneres, who already has a pretty impressive real estate portfolio.

While this is the first home Ellen and Portia have bought this year, the couple spent last year in several expensive spots, according to Architectural Summary.

Last September, they purchased a four-acre estate in Montecito with multiple buildings, including a Tom Kundig-designed barn and a Cape Dutch-style main house, for $49 million.

She also recently bought back another historic Montecito estate that was sold in 2018.

Enjoy: the master bedroom has a large full bath and patio doors leading to a small rock garden

Enjoy: the master bedroom has a large full bath and patio doors leading to a small rock garden

Classic: The house was built in 1954 and has since undergone several renovations

Classic: The house was built in 1954 and has since undergone several renovations

Additions: There's plenty of room to add a guest house or pool, if Ellen plans to make upgrades

Additions: There’s plenty of room to add a guest house or pool should Ellen plan on making upgrades

Privacy please!  The house is perfectly suited to the private type, nestled behind noise-reducing acoustic fencing

Privacy please! The house is perfectly suited to the private type, nestled behind noise-reducing acoustic fencing

The couple reportedly lives in a Balinese-style home nearby, which was purchased for $27 million in 2019.

And Ellen’s real estate adventures aren’t limited to the Santa Barbara area.

In May 2019, the star purchased a newly renovated five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion from fellow celebrities Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo.

They seized the Tudor-influenced home for $45 million, only to sell the property in March for a reported $47 million, according to Wall Street Journal.

Last month, DeGeneres announced that her daytime talk show would end after 20 seasons, following allegations that the production would foster a toxic work environment. Rumor has it that Kelly Clarkson is taking the coveted afternoon timeslot.

Big spender!  In May 2019, the star purchased a newly renovated five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion from fellow celebrities Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo for more than $45 million.  She reportedly sold the spot for $47 million

Big spender! In May 2019, the star purchased a newly renovated five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion from fellow celebrities Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo for more than $45 million. She reportedly sold the spot for $47 million

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