Yesterday, after news broke that Ryan Seacrest dropped $37M on Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's Beverly Hills compound, an anonymous Curbed commenter mused: "I can't imagine that Ellen is going to be living full time in Malibu"—you'll recall that she just bought Brad Pitt's place there—"what can you really upgrade to from here??????"
To answer your question, bro, it turns out the comedian—and recent winner of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor—and her actress wife are rumored to have purchased another place in Beverly Hills for somewhere in the range of $17M to $18M. According to The Real Estalker, the glassy midcentury modern was originally designed in 1958 by Hal Levitt (these days, he's quite a popular architect with the celebrity set), featured in a 2001 Versace ad campaign, and previously owned by celebrity decorator Kelly Wearstler, who did up the place in her signature, blinged-out maximalist style before photographing it for a decorating monograph.
The 8,500-square-foot main house has only four bedrooms—quite a lifestyle change from the nine DeGeneres and de Rossi enjoyed at the place they just sold to Seacrest—but plenty of space for their famous art collection, not to mention some gorgeous-looking landscaping and a modern marble pool. Wonder if that stainless steel kitchen comes with the private chef (above, second listing photo, above). The place was listed for "From $20,000,000," so there's a good chance he got cut out of the deal.
· Ryan Seacrest Drops Tens of Millions on Degeneres Estate [Curbed National]
· Brad Pitt's Pad Pulled From Market, Sale to Ellen Pending? [Curbed National]