This is the vast California estate snapped by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which makes them neighbors with celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
Santa Barbara ownership documents show that the sprawling nine-bedroom, 16-bathroom mansion in elegant Montecito was purchased on June 18 for $ 14,650,000. The 18,000-square-foot home sits on 5.4 acres of land, and neatly trimmed hedges line the estate’s stone pillared entrance gates.
According to Zillow, the entrance opens onto a large alley paved with hand-cut Santa Barbara stone that leads through a large arch of trees to the main residence. The main house includes a library, office, spa with separate wet and dry sauna, gym, game room, game room, theater, basement, and five-car garage.
The $ 14.7 million home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Santa Barbara, California
The Sussexes have lived in the Montecito house for six weeks
The home is located on a private road in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara, home to many celebrities
The house was built in 2003
The estate features expansive lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypresses, blooming lavender, ancient olive trees, a tennis court, a tea room, a children’s cottage and a swimming pool. It also boasts a guest house with two beds and two bathrooms, perfect for Meghan’s mother, Doria, who plays Archie’s one-year-old nanny. Doria has already been home, TMZ reports.
According to Zillow, the house has been updated with the latest Lutron and Crestron lighting systems, including iPad control.
The property is located on a private road on a luxury and secluded estate in Montecito. Almost every home in the multimillion-dollar neighborhood is designed for privacy, with long driveways and large gates.
Royal insiders say Harry and Meghan bought the house with the help of Prince Charles.
A source said: ‘Charles had been eager to help out and put his hand in his pocket to help. He is devoted to both of his children and whenever he can assist them he will always do so. ” Clarence House declined to comment.
The house boasts a tennis court, tea room, children’s cottage and swimming pool, among other facilities
Harry and Meghan have moved to a star-studded neighborhood
The sprawling estate sits on 5.4 acres
At their peak, Harry and Meghan’s combined wealth was estimated at $ 43 million.
Leading luxury real estate broker Jason Streatfeild, who has an office in Montecito, told DailyMail.com that Harry and Meghan will fit right into the community.
“It’s the kind of neighborhood where you might not understand who your neighbor is, but you don’t really care,” he said.
“It’s not unusual to run into Oprah Winfrey at the supermarket or sit next to Ellen DeGeneres for lunch at the Miramar Hotel.
‘It is a very private and exclusive area, a place where you can escape with an ocean in front of you and the mountains behind you.
“We are about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and about four hours south of San Francisco, a unique south-facing coastal community that has the Channel Islands directly in front of us.
“We have wonderful weather, calm waters and it’s just a very relaxed health-oriented community with lots to do outdoors.”
Streatfeild, 39, who runs a team of five agents in Montecito for real estate firm Douglas Elliman, said there are also plenty of shops and great places to eat.
“There are also two small shopping districts full of great restaurants and high-end shops,” he said.
‘Harry and Meghan coming here will definitely create a buzz, but then we’re used to celebrities here.’
Harry and Meghan landed a deal, as their new home was initially sold in 2009 for over $ 25 million
Neighbors told DailyMail.com they hadn’t seen the Sussexes, saying residents on driveways often kept to themselves. The former royal couple enjoyed strolling the parks near their former temporary home on Vancouver Island, Canada, and their new home is just a few minutes’ walk from a canyon trail frequented by sun-lapping hikers of Southern California, albeit with COVID-19 face masks.
Property records show that Harry and Meghan’s new mansion was built in 2003.
Despite its huge price, the home is a steal compared to its previous selling price. A previous owner bought the property in May 2009 for over $ 25 million.
Hoping to make a profit, it was listed at Sotheby’s six years later for $ 34.5 million, but had no takers.
It was eventually put up for sale for $ 16,975,000 in January of this year and sold to the Sussexes for $ 2,325,000 below the asking price.
Page Six reported that the couple have lived in Santa Barbara for the past six weeks.