And the winner is ... Ellen DeGeneres! The well-liked entertainer and host of this year's Academy Awards ceremony show has apparently spent some of her handsome fees on one of the most prized homes in all of Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, DeGeneres has made off with Brody House, a classic modern residence that has long drawn the "oohs" and "ahs" from art, architecture and real estate aficionados.
The lover of trophy real estate and well-known high-end house flipper paid $39.888 million for the splendidly remodeled home. [It's located at the A marker above and right next to the Playboy Mansion.] The home, in the coveted real estate neighborhood of Holmby Hills, was said to be acquired in an off-market deal, which puts DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, in an exquisite new abode right next door to the Playboy Mansion. (The couple are pictured at right.)
While the home was not officially listed for sale, Brody House was sold in 2010 to a mystery buyer for $14.8 million and then refurbished. Private previews took place back in Oct. 2013, when the Los Angeles Conservancy held a benefit at the exclusive address.
The Brody House was commissioned in 1949 by art aficionado Frances Lasker Brody, who had architect A. Quincy Jones, interior designer Billy Haines and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo design the masterpiece in 1951. It has stood as the pinnacle of modernism even in a sprawling city studded with modern homes.
The home is set on 2.3 acres in Holmby Hills and has been called "an essay of modernist glamour. " The home is flooded with light thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows that integrate interior and exterior spaces. There's a living room with library area, pristine kitchen and formal dining room.
The entire second floor is made up of a master suite with family room, study, terraces, plus twin dressing rooms. There are three additional bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus four rooms for staff. A one-bedroom guesthouse can be found on the garden grounds, which also features a large motor court, swimming pool and lighted tennis court.
DeGeneres and de Rossi recently bought a $26.5 million spread in Montecito. The couple have also bought and sold homes in Thousand Oaks and Malibu (Brad Pitt's "old" modern). In 2012, they sold their Hollywood Hills estate to Ryan Seacrest for $49 million.