Considering comedian/dancing talk show host Ellen Degeneres is known for her fickle real estate ways—in fact, she switches up estates like most people shampoo their hair (but, you know, with millions of dollars in profits involved)—there may have been a bit of elbow-ribbing and unabashed speculation that the design aficionado would pick up L.A.'s 1949 Brody House, which, when it began unofficially shopping for a buyer in October, was dubbed by Curbed LA as "the best house in Los Angeles." Well, turns out Degeneres didn't even wait for the A. Quincy Jones-designed estate to hit the market before laying down a reported $39.888M.
Degeneres and actress Portia de Rossi, her wife, love their midcentury properties—in 2012 the couple picked up a 1958 Hal Levitt-designed spread for $17.4M, which they reportedly just sold for $21M—so it's no real surprise they'd be drawn to a 1949 estate as pedigreed (interior designer Billy Haines is responsible for the interiors) and well-situated (it boasts 2.25 acres of "one of the most coveted streets in coveted Holmby Hills, right next door to the Playboy Mansion") as the Brody House.
This is only the second time the 13,511-square-foot six-bedroom has switched hands—the first was in 2010 when an investor bought it for $14.888M after Frances Lasker Brody's death—but with Degeneres' track record it's only a matter of time before it trades hands again. In the meantime, Degeneres and de Rossi will surely have a ball perfecting their new purchase; it wasn't so long ago, after all, that Degeneres admitted to Elle Decor: "I can only change the furniture so much and I get bored, then I need a new structure to work on."
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