The couple has gone grand with their California starter house, shelling out a staggering $14.65 million for their estate that is located in the heart of posh Montecito, the seaside Santa Barbara County enclave that is home to several other A-listers.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle moved into their new home earlier this year, according to a statement from the couple’s spokesperson. Raising quite a few eyebrows after stepping down from their duties as royal family members, the couple decided to settle into the quiet privacy of their community.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year,” Prince Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson said in a statement. While confirming that the couple has moved into their new family home, a representative refrained from divulging details about their exact location.
If real estate agents and tax records are anything to go by, Harry and Meghan have shifted to a seven-acre estate in Santa Barbara County. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year.” a statement from their spokesperson said. “They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival.”
The couple hopes that such privacy will be respected for the sake of their neighbors and behalf of their family. Local real estate agents suggest Harry and Meghan have bought a $14.65-million estate, which closed in an off-market sale earlier this year.
Tax records obtained by the Los Angeles Times indicate that the property is located in the heart of the coastal community of Montecito that match limited liability companies that were earlier created by Meghan. Aside from Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey, Montecito is home for several celebrities.
The sprawling estate was built in 2003 and is hedged and gated from the street, the newspaper suggests. Equipped with nine bedrooms, the 14,500-square-foot (1,350-square meter) main house has a billiards/game room, spa facilities, a home theater, an elevator, and a gym.
Moreover, the estate includes a two-bedroom guesthouse, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a teahouse, and a two-bedroom guesthouse. Records show that the seller was a limited liability company associated with Russian investor Sergey Grishin, who is the former owner of another Montecito mansion, the so-called Scarface estate