Apparently that is not to be. "In fact, interior design is what I would do if I wasn't a comedian and talk show host". Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's International Realty is the listing agent. The 1934 house was designed by architect Wallace Frost.
Featuring classical, Old World details reminiscent of 17th century Italian villas like a barrel-tiled roof, terracotta surfaces, and wide-plank hardwood floors, the 10,500-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, nine fireplaces, multiple libraries, and a guest annex. As DeGeneres wrote in the book, "Frost had spent the preceding decade in Italy and was clearly inspired by both the villas and farmhouses that dotted its landscapes, as the home is a peculiar and wonderful combination of the two".
The pool terrace has views of the Pacific Ocean.
DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, acquired the Villa in 2012.
DeGeneres and De Rossi's typically in-flux residential property portfolio now includes a low-slung, mid-century era residence secreted down a long, gated driveway in a prime pocket of Beverly Hills scooped up in a November 2015 off-market deal for $15,995,000 as well as two adjacent but uncombined, house-sized condominiums at the fancy-pants Beverly West tower on Wilshire Boulevard, both of which were acquired in July 2014 for a combined cost of $16 million and both of which are now for sale on the open market, one at $6,995,000 and the other at $7,995,000. Its iron windows are handmade. The couple also added a lap pool, sunken championship tennis court and installed state-of-the-art irrigation, mechanical, electronic and security systems. DeGeneres, who's developed a reputation as a real estate mogul - buying, renovating and selling numerous houses in Southern California over the last 25 years - spoke to Sotheby's about what charmed her about the historical estate.