Recently I have been daydreaming about Ellen Degeneres’ house. It’s huge! It’s a cool 10,5000 square feet, has 16.88 acres, overlooks the ocean and is wrapped by a panorama of mountains. With six beautiful bedrooms and six swoon-worthy baths, it is just heavenly! Not to mention the library bursting with must-read titles and cosy corners.

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Photo: Jim Bartsch

It’s the most beautiful villa, currently up for sale for a mere $45 million, in the wonderful, Santa Barbara. Oh yes, there is a sunroom, AND fitness room to boot – I could go on. This pad is not uptight like so many celeb homes can be, and it’s not overly precious or perfect. I just love the blur of outdoor and indoor – it has such a casual vibe. This fabulous pad has a quiet sense of grandeur, that captures the the classic style of a 17th-century Italian villa.

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Photo: Jim Bartsch

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Photo: Jim Bartsch

It’s beautifully decorated with ceiling beams, walls of quarried stone, (which I love) fireplaces (nine if you really want to know) – I am totally and utterly obsessed with this space. If only I could get my hands on a spare $45 million, I would up sticks in a nanosecond.

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Photo: Jim Bartsch

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Photo: Jim Bartsch

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