May 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM ET
The big real estate news in celebrity circles? Ellen DeGeneres finally sold her home, selling it to fellow star Ryan Seacrest, and Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are renting in Beverly Hills while their modern home is renovated.
Even in Hollywood circles, $49 million is a hefty chunk of change to put down on a home. But for uber-producer, television host and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres' and Portia de Rossi's custom and very private estate, pictured above, was worth it.
DeGeneres and de Rossi listed it as a pocket listing through the Westside Estate Agency in October 2011 and bought their own new place, Brad Pitt's former Malibu bachelor pad, for $12 million in December 2011. And although DeGeneres earns a whopping $45 million a year, even she may have been feeling the pressure of having a home linger on the market.
What accounts for the hefty price tag? Beverly Hills real estate comes at a huge premium. According to property records, DeGeneres bought the home for $27,000,270 in September 2007. Shortly after, she bought the neighboring parcel to add to the estate, creating a property that takes up nearly a full city block. Add in the gated drive leading to the midcentury modern house, high-end security, a pool, tennis court and guest houses: It's easy to see how the value of the property escalates.
Seacrest is paying a ton, and he can afford it, but at least he's also getting a slew of custom interior features like multiple private home offices, a mediation room, personal gym, lap pool, enormous shoe closets -- all serving to boost the home's appeal.
Despite the custom design, DeGeneres is known for hopping houses. When Architectural Digest featured the home, she revealed that her family always rented growing up, and since then she's had an affinity for buying homes, designing them and then moving on to the next one.
Whether Seacrest will follow suit remains to be seen. With a new gig at NBC and continued earning power as Hollywood's A-list host and "American Idol" front man, he's earned the right to plunk down his millions on one of Los Angeles' priciest celebrity homes.
The queen of real estate, otherwise known as Jennifer Aniston, is at it again!
Or, rather, the queen of real estate turnover is at it again.
More recently, the celebrity real estate rumor mill has been buzzing with news that the Aniston and current boyfriend Justin Theroux are on the move yet again while they remodel their Bel-Air mansion. The "Wanderlust" co-stars have reportedly scooped up a rental property in the highly sought-after 90210 neighborhood.
The $40,000-per-month rental first hit the market last summer as a for-sale listing at $14.9 million. But after a series of price reductions, Aniston snatched it up for temporary quarters. The gated contemporary features five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and 6,500-square feet of living space.
A Zen-like vibe is quite apparent upon entering the property. The entryway is suspended above water features and leads to a hand-carved front door. According to the listing, views of the ocean can be seen from nearly every room and there's the kind of open space that makes for perfect entertaining. Amenities also include a zero-edge pool and spa, an outdoor cooking area, outdoor shower, state-of-the-art home theater and temperature-controlled stone wine room.
See more photos of Aniston's rental on the Zillow blog.