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Ellen DeGeneres Buys Breathtaking $21 Million Montecito Villa Inspired by the Alhambra Palace 

Prolific property flipper Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi  just added another striking Montecito mansion to their real estate portfolio.

The talk show host spent a whopping $21 million to acquire Villa Tragara, a Moorish-style mansion modeled after the mesmerizing Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.

And if you think that’s a hefty price  to pay, know that the property was initially listed for $35 million, which means Ellen got it at a 'discount'. 

The villa was custom-built in 2014   for Kinka Usher, an acclaimed TV commercial director who has worked with major clients like Nike, Pepsi  and Taco Bell.

Its design seamlessly blends Spanish, Italianate and Moorish architecture, resulting in a magnificent display of opulence and elegance.

Villa Tragara is currently configured as a three-bedroom — but has plenty of space (approx. 12,000 sq. ft.) that can be turned into additional bedrooms.

And its interiors are just as impressive as its architecture.

The entire living room and dining area, which incorporates a top-class kitchen and plenty of lounging areas, is completely bathed in natural light, and is the focal point of this estate.

A perfectly appointed chef's kitchen wows with its sleek and modern design. 

The dining room also overlooks a large koi pond and impeccably manicured grounds.

Speaking of the property grounds,  the house lies on an expansive 2.45-acre lot, replete with olive orchard trees, numerous mature trees, a 90,000-gallon swimming pond.

There’s also a heated pool, waterfalls, bocci and pickle ball courts, a firepit, two large lawns for small events, and a grand lawn for formal parties and large events.

The estate has a floating Japanese pavilion above the koi pond, and a  16-seat covered pergola with  an outdoor kitchen, perfect for entertaining guests.

And while the property sure looks like a keeper, given Ellen's history of flipping million-dollar homes, we wouldn't be surprised to see Villa Tragara resurface on the market soon — with an even more daring asking price.

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