October 5th, 2011
01:46 PM ET
Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia are throwing open the doors to their expansive Beverly Hills compound in the November issue of Architectural Digest.
This home once belonged to actress Joan Collins, and fell under the ownership of "Will and Grace" co-creator Max Mutchnick after that. Mutchnick, a friend of the couple's, invited the pair over one night to watch "American Idol" and they fell in love with the home on the spot.
"We'd heard how beautiful it was," Portia tells Architectural Digest. When they came over that night to watch "Idol," she recalls, "We pulled into the driveway and - we just knew before we even walked through the gate."
Ellen also snapped up two neighboring properties to expand their home, and replaced one of them with a pond and plenty of carob, pear and oak trees. The 9,500 square foot estate contains a media room - where Ellen and Portia were wed - a meditation room where they get massages and a pool surrounded by Brazilian granite that Portia can swim laps in.
For more photos of the couple's home, visit ArchitecturalDigest.com. The November issue of AD arrives on newsstands October 11.
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