Montecito, California, United States
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have purchased a sprawling 7.38 acre estate in the exclusive enclave of Montecito. The couple paid $14.65 million for the resort-style property which had been on the market as much as $34.5 million in 2015. The sprawling Mediterranean-style estate is nothing short of amazing and contains 9 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a pool, tennis court, rose garden and century-old olive trees. As if that wasn’t enough, the home also features amenities such as a game room, home theatre, spa facilities, an elevator and gym. It even has two cottages on the property! One for Archie, the couple’s son, and a larger two-bedroom that US Weekly revealed would be converted into a home for Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland. It is suspected that the couple picked Santa Barbara to escape the limelight that comes with living in Los Angeles. A source told the New York Post, “this is the first home either of them has ever owned. They intend to put down their roots in this house and the quiet community, which has considerable privacy”. Page Six revealed, “After the couple took legal action against photographers for breaching their privacy at their LA rental home, there’s no way that anyone is getting into their new pad, which is gated and secure.” The neighbourhood is also home to Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.
The most recent listing: “Located in the heart of Montecito, Rockbridge was recently updated with the the latest Lutron lighting systems and Crestron, including iPad control. Immaculately clipped hedges border the estate’s stone-pillared entry gates. The entrance opens onto a wide lane paved with hand cut Santa Barbara Stone that leads through a grand archway of trees to the main residence. The main house includes a library, office, spa with a separate dry and wet sauna, gym, game room, arcade, theatre, wine cellar, and five-car garage. The estate sits on an approximate 7.38 acre site with sweeping lawns, tiered rose gardens, tall Italian cypress trees, blooming lavender, century old olive trees, a tennis court, tea house, children’s cottage and a pool. On the south end of the ground is a 2bed/2bath guest house.”