Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi buy Santa Barbara villa as weekend getaway

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are ready to call Santa Barbara, Calif., home again, at least on the weekends when they’re not staying at one of their other California homes.

Having made about $4 million in 2008 flipping a mansion in neighboring Montecito for $20 million (Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was the buyer), the couple have reportedly purchased a 10,500-square-foot Tuscan-styled villa on a 13-acre estate in Santa Barbara that was on the market for $26.5 million.

The house sits at the end of a quarter-mile-long driveway and is not visible from the road. DeGeneres and de Rossi also purchased a 3.8-acre property next door, presumably for the additional privacy it will afford. Source: huffingtonpost.com.