The town of Montecito is no stranger to celebrity real estate, with stars including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Law and order creator Dick Wolf, Patrick Stewart and many other recognizable faces who call him home (or at least one of their homes). And now TMZ is reporting that it is also home to (former) royalty, in the form of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who spent over $ 14 million on a lavish estate there.
Originally, little was known about the excavation of the new Prince Harry / Meghan Markle, and images of the estate, as well as its specific location in Montecito, were not initially known to the public. That cloak of privacy was undoubtedly a big part of the appeal for the tabloid-besieged couple, who, as it turns out, are also allegedly suing a photo agency for taking pictures of their young son Archie in the back. -the courtyard of Tyler Perry’s house in Beverly Hills, where they have reportedly lived since arriving in the United States earlier this year.
But TMZ sources say the property is 18,000 square feet of home on five acres of land, with nine bedrooms and 16 (!) Bathrooms, plus a separate guesthouse. There is also a swimming pool and plenty of lawn space. But the main selling point would be the privacy of the property from curious photojournalists and other prying eyes, which is also the case with many stars who have moved to Montecito in recent years. And Dirt.com managed to dig deeper into the secluded property, known as “Riven Rock Castle,” as it was built in 2003 and amenities like a library, saunas, gym, elevator. , an arcade, game room and home theater, plus more unusual exterior touches like a ‘tea house’ and ‘children’s house’. The estate also includes rose gardens, olive trees dating back 100 years or more, a regulation-size tennis court and a set of outdoor children’s games.
The couple bought the house for $ 14.65 million through an anonymous trust, which would have been a steal compared to the price paid by its former owner, a Russian businessman who got it for over $ 25 million in 2009, and who reportedly tried to find a buyer several times over the years before entering into this transaction at a loss.