Ellen DeGeneres is selling her Santa Barbara mansion for $45 million - take a look inside

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Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi Montecito mansion

Ellen DeGeneres is ready to part ways with one of her homes: a Santa Barbara area mansion that's up for sale for $45 million.

According to Sotheby's International Realty, who are listing the property, DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi simply don't have the time to use the mansion. The couple has bought and flipped several high-priced homes in Southern California, but this one is in Montecito, a neighboring town of Santa Barbara.

"Between 'The Ellen Show,' Ellen's new home collection and a new business that Portia is starting, they can't make it to Santa Barbara as often as they would like," a spokesperson at Sotheby's told Business Insider in an email. 

The house, which is featured in DeGeneres' 2015 book "Home" and is known as "The Villa," was designed in the 1930s by architect Wallace Frost.

Frost originally built this two-story home for himself. After spending time in Italy, he wanted to recreate the classical style of a 17th-century Italian villa.

Since purchasing the property in 2012 , DeGeneres and  de Rossi have bought two adjacent properties to make this a 16.88-acre estate. According to Sotheby's listing agent Suzanne Perkins, they have completely modernized the house, adding a sunken tennis court, pool, and indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion. 

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