Ellen DeGeneres' Home Listing Goes Public, Sort Of

Every once in a while, a heavy thud lands in the MLS. Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' Beverly Hills home was the elephant heard walking today. Long a pocket listing, it is now in the MLS at $49 million.

Don't expect any open houses for the adoring public. In fact, don't expect to even get in to see this compound of 15,000 square feet without a note from your banker and possibly a second one from Ben Bernanke attesting to your financial stability. The nine-bedroom modern estate has a 9,000-square-foot main house plus two guest houses/studios, bringing the total to 15,000 square feet.

Frankly, we were expecting larger for the money, but what price can you put on privacy, state-of-the-art security, spectacular grounds, views, and high-level craftsmanship? Actually, we guess the marketplace will decide that question for us.

Ellen, through a trust, bought the house in 2007 for $27 million, according to public records.

Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency has the listing.

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