This is the sprawling California estate taken over by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – making them neighbors with celebs Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
Santa Barbara property documents show that the sprawling nine-bedroom, 16-bath mansion in upscale Montecito was purchased on June 18 for an eye-watering $ 14,650,000. The 18,000-square-foot home is set on 5.4 acres of land and impeccably trimmed hedges border the estate’s stone-pillared entrance gates.
According to Zillow, the entrance opens onto a wide avenue paved with hand-carved Santa Barbara Stone that leads through a wide arch of trees to the main residence. The main building includes a library, office, spa with separate dry and wet sauna, gym, games room, arcade room, theater, wine cellar and a five-car garage.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s $ 14.7 million home in Santa Barbara, California
The Sussexes have now lived in Montecito’s house for six weeks
The house was built in 2003
The estate has extensive lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypresses, blooming lavender, ancient olive trees, a tennis court, tea house, children’s cottage and swimming pool. It also features a two-bed, two-bath guesthouse perfect for Meghan’s mom Doria, who acts as Archie’s one-year-old nanny. Doria has already visited the house, TMZ reports.
According to Zillow, the home has been updated with the latest Lutron lighting systems and Crestron, including iPad controls.
The property is located on a private road on a luxurious and secluded estate in Montecito. Nearly every home in the million dollar neighborhood is designed for privacy, with long driveways and large gates.
Leading luxury real estate broker Jason Streatfeild, who has an office in Montecito, told DailyMail.com that Harry and Meghan will fit right into the community.
The house includes a tennis court, a tea house, a children’s house and a swimming pool
The sprawling estate is set on 5.4 hectares
“It’s the kind of neighborhood where you might not realize who your neighbor is, but you really don’t care,” he said.
It’s not uncommon to bump into Oprah Winfrey at the grocery store or sit next to Ellen DeGeneres for lunch at the Miramar Hotel.
‘It’s a very private and exclusive area, a place where you can escape with an ocean in front of you and the mountains behind you.
We’re about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and about four hours south of San Francisco – a unique south-facing coastal community with the Channel Islands directly in front of us.
“We have a wonderful climate, calm water and it’s just a very relaxed, health-oriented community with plenty to do outside.”
Streatfeild, 39, who runs a team of five real estate agents in Montecito for the Douglas Elliman real estate company, said there are also plenty of shops and great dining options.
“There are also two small commercial areas with delicious restaurants and luxury shops,” he said.
‘Harry and Meghan coming here will certainly create a nice atmosphere, but then we are used to celebrities here.’
Harry and Meghan’s new home was built in 2003 and sold for more than $ 25 million in 2009
Neighbors told DailyMail.com they hadn’t seen the Sussexes, saying residents often kept to themselves on the private roads. The former royal couple enjoyed walking in the parks near their previous temporary residence on Vancouver Island, Canada, and their new home is just a few minutes’ walk from a canyon trail frequented by hikers enjoying the sun from Southern California rippling – albeit with COVID-19 face masks.
Property records show that Harry and Meghan’s new mansion was built in 2003.
Despite the huge price tag, the house is a bargain compared to the previous sale price. A previous owner bought the property in May 2009 for more than $ 25 million.
Hoping to make a profit, it was listed by Sotheby’s at $ 34.5 million six years later, but it had no buyers.
It was eventually relisted in January of this year for $ 16,975,000 and sold to the Sussexes for $ 2,325,000 below asking price.
Page Six reported that the couple has lived in Santa Barbara for the past six weeks.