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Ellen DeGeneres House in Carpinteria Just Went Under Contract


Ellen DeGeneres, Portia deRossi TGIT Premiere Event for Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, Palihouse, West Hollywood, CA 09-20-14 David Edwards/DailyCeleb 818-249-4998You may have just missed your chance to own the Carpinteria compound just listed by Ellen DeGeneres – one of the seemingly dozens of California homes she has purchased and sold over the years, but don’t worry I have many other options if you are in the market for a beachfront home. The home belonging to the talk show host sits on 80 feet of Pacific Ocean beachfront, the 4-bedroom compound offers its new owners a chance to live the small-town good ol’ days in the beguiling California beach town that has become one of the most sought-after places to live right now. In fact, real estate in “Carp,” as it’s known locally, is catching up to neighboring Montecito in price and popularity as homebuyers discover this beach town’s appeal. Luxury listings like Ellen’s are hot and sell quickly.

Ellen’s Carpinteria Compound

Spanning close to 7,000 square feet, Ellen DeGeneres’ Carp house hosts 4 bedrooms and has dramatic ocean views from almost every room. The home has approximately 77 feet of beachfront, a seaside deck, a private rooftop patio and a central enclosed courtyard with a fireplace. There is also a guest house and tennis court. 

Ellen and her wife Portia deRossi bought the home in 2017 for $18.6 million. Today, the spread is full of natural materials and muted palettes: a common design theme among the other homes the celebrity couple has put on the market and one of the things they altered during their short tenure in Carpinteria. In fact, the majority of the changes the couple made to the home were cosmetic, featuring updates to some of the interior colors and transforming one-bedroom suite into a media room.

This year alone, the couple has made a number of real estate moves in California, including the $27 million purchase of a Balinese-style property in Montecito in January. A spokesperson for Ms. DeGeneres and Ms. de Rossi says the couple is selling their Carpinteria estate due to that purchase.

Life’s a Beach in “Carp”

Located just 12 miles southeast of Santa Barbara, the enclave of Carpinteria is as charming as it gets. The quaint coastal community has a pedestrian-friendly main street, Linden Avenue filled with mom-and-pop shops, gourmet cafés, and antique stores. All roads lead to Carpinteria’s sparkling beaches, including Carpinteria State Beach, dubbed “the world’s safest beach.” Carpinteria City Beach and Carpinteria State Beach & Park are contiguous stretches of sand running the length of the town.

Beyond the shoreline, Carpinteria’s foothills and verdant mountains are peppered with flower nurseries, polo fields, avocado orchards, and horse ranches. Two dozen parks and a popular public swimming pool complex are well-loved amenities as well. The town boasts about its pair of prestigious private schools, Cate and Pacifica Graduate Institute. The Carpinteria Unified School District is also well respected.

After all, maintaining a seemingly perfect balance of business, agriculture, and tourism, the community is a shining jewel on the California Central Coast. There are still a number of amazing properties for sale in Carp. I know the town well. In fact, over the last year, I’ve sold three amazing listings in Carpinteria.

My Recent Sales in Carpinteria

Casrpinteria home for sale near the compond being sold by Ellen Degeneres

My recent Cape Cod-Style Oceanfront Estate listing is nothing short of magical. The new owners are enjoying their wondrous home and comfortable, private guest house set on approximately 1.42 acres in the prestigious gated Sand Point beach colony near Montecito, CA. Facing approximately 120 ft. of beach frontage, the main residence offers 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths plus 2 half-baths. The charming guest house provides a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. The expansive wraparound deck and on-deck spa overlook the ocean and pristine beach, while a refreshing lap pool offers views of the revered Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, and beyond to the mountains. Overall, this spectacular estate is a masterpiece of design & craftsmanship.

Another recent sale in Carpinteria of large home with beautiful sky behind

I also sold this beautiful Cape Cod Estate on the California Coast. Reminiscent of a fine Cape Cod estate, this over 7,000 sq. ft. beachfront residence rests elegantly on coveted Padaro Lane, one of coastal California’s most sought-after locations. In addition to the breathtaking Pacific Ocean vistas from many of the home’s rooms and terraces, a beachside deck and charming cabana, overlooking the pristine sand, are just two more reasons this property is so incredibly special. The understated gated entry that opens to a beautifully landscaped driveway and the motor court is a fitting introduction to such a spectacular residence. The new owners are undoubtedly enjoying the 30-foot wall of glass that disappears as it opens to an expansive terrace and beyond to the horizon. Inside the home, it is obvious that only the finest materials and craftsmanship have been employed.

Property sold in Carpinteria by leading realtor Cristal Clarke

This Rare California Beachfront Property didn’t stay on the market for long. The property, resting between the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve and the majestic Pacific Ocean, went on the market last year for the first time in more than 50 years. The sale included more than 6 acres and a 50’s-era beach cottage in the prestigious, gated Sand Point community. The new owners took advantage of this a once-in-a-lifetime possibility for the development of a spectacular oceanside estate.

Don’t be too upset about missing your opportunity to own an Ellen DeGeneres home. There are other amazing properties in the area for sale right now. If you want to become a Carp resident, I recommend you call me right away at +1 (805) 886-9378 or email me at If you’re considering selling in Carp or any of the Santa Barbara area’s upscale communities, I can help there, too. In fact, I’d be happy to take care of all your real estate needs in the area.


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