Ellen and Portia DeGeneres at home in Architectural Digest
October 5th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

Ellen and Portia open up their home in Architectural Digest

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.

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"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.

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For more photos of the couple's home, visit ArchitecturalDigest.com. The November issue of AD arrives on newsstands October 11.

Filed under: Celebrities • Ellen DeGeneres

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. rmvbrs

    Who cares about these two idiots. A no talent host and a loopy actress? Find something else to report on.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jamie

    The shoe closet is hilarious!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    I wish them both well.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shark

    I'd like to drive a Portia.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shark

    I'd like to make a Portia-Ellen sandwich.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jose

      Ellen would be the "end slice" of bread and would be fed to the birds out back, tho.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. person

    Speaking as someone who has no desire for fancy crap....it's pretty sweet lookin.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. guest

    I am sick of Architectural Digest. All the sudden the past year or so they've decided to feature all these famous people's homes and use that as their cover story. Maybe they are trying to sell more magazines? I'm sorry, but it really bugs me. I'm not interested in those famous people and if I was, I'd read People magazine. I'd rather the magazine really focus on amazing architecture and designers-not celebrities and their homes. I canceled my subscription a few months ago.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Marina

      good for you – now stop obsessing about a magazine and move on............

      October 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Clearly, you do not read arch digest. The covers are a lure for better stories inside you idiot.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dean

    i like Dori..i mean Ellen heheh

    October 6, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Harry Tank

    Portia doesn't know what she's missing ... poor girl.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      men just think that so they can sleep at night and not feel completely useless outside of breeding purposes Harry. 🙂

      October 6, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Katherine

    How lovely indeed. Very happy couple. and yes jesus you ARE an idiot. you're in the wrong forum for starters.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ankaraya

    The house is very beautiful. And they both look so happy. 🙂

    October 6, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. God


    October 6, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. horseyak

    I like my house in The Valley better.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Anomic Office Drone

    What a beautiful home! I'm pretty excited to see Portia be Lindsey Bluth again!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. barbara

    Who the heck wrote this? So if you were starting off the article with Portia's name first, would you have said, Portia and her husband Ellen Degeneres? Now wouldn't that have sounded stupid? Well the way this article started sounds stupid. Why not say just say partner?

    October 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xjdavid

      Because they're married, that's why. They're both wives.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran glass

      barbara... i don't think you really should be commenting on anyone sounding stupid. They are legally married.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Switchblade Bonny

      I don't even understand what the heck it is you are complaining about. Ellen is the bigger name of the two. Chill. Not everything is an affront to gay people my lord.


      a card carrying gay

      October 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tony

    That is an amazing house. Must be nice.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |

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