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ALISON BOSHOFF: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are making Santa Barbara their new home


A slice of paradise for the rich and awakened; If you can get microminerals in a pink salt cave by doing yoga, buy a silk kaftan from Gwynnie and get yourself a chamomile brulee.

Welcome to Santa Barbara, the new home of Harry and Meghan and celebrity friends Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Surely we should have guessed that this could be the ultimate goal for our angry prince and his bride "California Girl".

Santa Barbara, known as the "America Riviera", has its own airport, a polo club, where Prince William played with deeply pocketed humanitarian and hums, direct and rich. What can Harry and Meghan expect? Alison Boshoff reports …

Harry and Meghan have moved to Santa Barbara for six weeks since early July, 95 miles outside of Los Angeles, after staying at Tyler Perry's 12-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a tour of Australia in 2018

CELEBRITY PADS

Commenting on the royal move to Montecito, Santa Barbara, a source said: "You intend to take root in this home and the quiet community that has considerable privacy."

You will be among friends who share these priorities. The sense of privacy was also a big draw for Meghan's friend and confidante Oprah Winfrey, who until yesterday was the most famous resident.

She expanded her Promised Land oceanfront property in Montecito from 42 acres to 70 acres and recently bought a home from actor Jeff Bridges because it is near hers.

Santa Barbara, known as the "America Riviera", has its own airport, a polo club, where Prince William played with deeply pocketed humanitarian and hums, direct and rich. Pictured: a $ 4.7 million home in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, known as the "America Riviera", has its own airport, a polo club, where Prince William played with deeply pocketed humanitarian and hums, direct and rich. Pictured: a $ 4.7 million home in Santa Barbara

Their 23,000-square-foot mansion has a library, 14 bathrooms, rose gardens, and fountains on their landscaped grounds. There is also an outdoor theater and an artificial fishing lake.

Her father was working on a show called … Santa Barbara

For millions, Santa Barbara is forever associated with the daily soap of the same name, which ran from 1983 to 1993.

Despite the cast with today's stars Robin Wright Penn and Leonardo di Caprio, critics considered the television series shown on the left to be cruel and with terrible dialogue.

By a quirk of fate, Meghan's estranged father, Thomas Markle, was working on Santa Barbara. He was the lighting director for only one episode in 1988 that was filmed in Burbank, Los Angeles.

Who knows, maybe a seven-year-old Meghan saw her father's show – the Dallas of his day – and dreamed of owning one of Santa Barbara's stunning homes as she grew up.

When you've bagged a prince, all you need is beachfront property.

Another local friend is Ellen DeGeneres, the chat show host who is going through a scandal over her alleged "mean" behavior on her chat show during the day.

She recently announced that she had visited the Sussexes shortly after Archie's birth, fed him and described Harry and Meghan as the "cutest couple". You and Meghan text each other.

Her primary residence with actress Portia de Rossi is in Beverly Hills, but she has four houses in Santa Barbara. The most intriguing, bought for £ 2.7million in January, are two 18th century half-timbered houses that used to stand in Surrey.

They were dismantled and shipped at great expense by a previous owner and are now located on a wooded 1.3 hectare property in Montecito, which is connected by a glass orangery.

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There will be lots of little friends for baby Archie, now 15 months.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have five year old daughter Wyatt and three year old son Dimitri. Natalie Portman's children, Aleph and Amalia, are nine and three.

Leo Hess is one hour on the coast in Malibu. He is the son of Meghan's best pal, designer Misha Nonoo, and was born in March. So he's less than a year younger than Archie.

HOBBIES FOR HIM AND HER

What could be more indicative of the area's solid silver character than the fact that it has a polo club?

Harry will be able to participate in the sport he has long loved at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Prince William starred at a charity event here while touring California in 2011.

Yoga and wellness are huge in the region. Meghan and Harry can enjoy the gong baths in Salt, a spa in an artificial subterranean salt-lined cave into which crystals have flown from the Himalayas.

Gwyneth Paltrow's website Goop calls it, "A total new age freak-out in the best possible way."

Several palatial properties, like this $ 8.8 million hillside home, have been on the market in the past few weeks and may have been on Harry and Meghan's long list

Several palatial properties, like this $ 8.8 million hillside home, have been on the market in the past few weeks and may have been on Harry and Meghan's long list

FESTIVALS FOR FOOD

Santa Barbara has a reputation for a food lover's paradise. Celebrities flock to Lucky & # 39; s Steakhouse. More fashionable food is on offer at vegan Mesa Verde, where a wheatberry brunch bowl of black lentils, harisa, radishes, and za & # 39; atar is $ 15.

Actor Sir Patrick Stewart is a fan of La Super Rica Taqueria – a Mexican restaurant – and says, “I'll never line up. Except here. “The area is very popular for wine tours and Meghan, who named her blog Tig Tignanello after an Italian wine, is sure to be in heaven.

SUPER SCHOOLS

One of the top schools in Montecito is Laguna Blanca, a private shared day school that says it "celebrates the worth of the individual". The student-to-teacher ratio is 6: 1. Another option for Archie would be the exclusive Crane County School, founded in 1928. Both cost around £ 20,000 a year.

The starry buddies live just around the corner

This part of the world is sometimes referred to as "North Hollywood" because so many showbiz guys love it.

Gwyneth Paltrow calls it a "gem" and in 2016 spent £ 3.5 million on two lots. She is building a huge holiday home for herself and the children Apple (16) and Moses (14).

Actress Natalie Portman, 39, paid £ 4.9 million for a ten-acre modern steel, glass and concrete retreat on a cliff with breathtaking ocean views.

Kevin Costner has been based in Santa Barbara for 20 years, although he and his wife Christine Baumgartner have been trying to sell their home since 2017, which was on the market for £ 37.5 million.

Star Wars creator George Lucas had a house on the beach and then grabbed his neighbor too.

Ronald Reagan – then a B-movie actor – bought a 688 acre ranch 12 miles away in the Santa Ynez Mountains in 1974.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner

This part of the world is sometimes referred to as "North Hollywood" because so many showbiz guys love it. Left: Gwyneth Paltrow, right: Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner

Why are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle blowing £ 8 million into a Santa Barbara mansion when they still owe the UK taxpayer £ 2.4 million for Frogmore Cottage? Royal insiders say Prince Charles "provided" funding for a new family home under Hollywood's Wokerati.

Prince Harry and Meghan's £ 8m house purchase in Santa Barbara came under scrutiny today – after it was discovered that Prince Charles had helped with funds and the couple are still paying off Frogmore Cottage renovations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left Tyler Perry's 12-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion because of the "considerable privacy" of the new property.

You've lived under the radar for six weeks in the upscale California community since early July.

Her neighbors now include close friends Ellen DeGeneres, 62, and Oprah Winfrey, 66, who also owns several million pounds of property there, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

However, questions have been asked about the cost after the couple agreed to pay £ 18,000 a month to repay £ 2.4 million used to renovate and refurbish their previous Frogmore Cottage residence.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward told MailOnline she understood why people were asking about the price of the new home.

She said, "I think people at that moment when Meghan and Harry have anything to do with money are not viewed very positively.

"People will not like what they do when it comes to a lot of money."

Film directors and screenwriters are also known to favor their new community, nicknamed Beverly Hills North, given their proximity to Hollywood and LA.

Santa Barbara also has a bi-weekly Woke Men group where people can get in touch with their feelings.

Royal insiders said Prince Charles donated money to his son to help secure property for his family.

A source said, “Charles was dying to help and put his hand in his own pocket to help.

"He is dedicated to his two sons and always will if he can help them." Clarence House declined to comment.

At their peak, Harry and Meghan's net worth was estimated to be around £ 33 million.

It was estimated that he had made up to £ 700,000 to speak at a high profile JP Morgan summit in Miami in February.

Papers for her now-in-liquidation Sussex Royal Foundation also showed she owed £ 200,000 from an unknown source.

Prince Charles had given money to Prince to help secure property for his family in Santa Barbara

Prince Charles had given money to Prince to help secure property for his family in Santa Barbara

Known as "Beverly Hills North" and "American Riviera", Santa Barbara is very popular with the rich and famous

Known as "Beverly Hills North" and "American Riviera", Santa Barbara is very popular with the rich and famous

News of the couple's new home was announced last night and surprised the couple's fans, who had no idea they had left Beverly Hills.

It came hours after the controversial new Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom was finally released.

A source said: "Harry and Meghan have been living quietly in their own home in Santa Barbara since early July.

“They're not residents of Oprah or anyone else, they bought this house themselves. Here they want to continue their lives after leaving the UK.

& # 39; This is the first home either of them has ever owned. It was a very special time for them as a couple and as a family – to have complete privacy for six weeks since they moved in.

“They intend to put their roots in this house and the quiet community that has considerable privacy. Here they want to raise Archie, where they hope that he can lead as normal a life as possible. & # 39;

Harry and Meghan bought the new property to give them and their son Archie more privacy after moving from Beverly Hills

Harry and Meghan bought the new property to give them and their son Archie more privacy after moving from Beverly Hills

Their new home is a far cry from their previous Frogmore Cottage base, which they are still paying £ 18,000 a month for

Their new home is a far cry from their previous Frogmore Cottage base, which they are still paying £ 18,000 a month for

The starry Santa Barbara community that the locals refer to as "Beverly Hills North".

Santa Barbara – sometimes jokingly called Beverly Hills North – is known as a draw for the rich and famous and has seen great celebrities there.

The latest figures show it has a population of 92,101, with a rough 50/50 split between men and women – with a mean age of 39 years.

The Montecito area is known as the "American Riviera" because of its beauty and has the greatest draw for famous names.

Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis

The district is popular because it's close to LA and Hollywood, which means directors, scriptwriters, and producers live there.

Santa Barbara also hosts a twice a month woke men meeting where they can explore and explain their feelings.

Mayor Cathy Murillo said in 2011: “I consider all residents of Santa Barbara to be my neighbors.

"I take care of your family, your neighborhood, your wealth and your safety."

Few details are known about the house, but the source said the couple have checked the property.

& # 39; You thought about it carefully and researched it well. This is where they want to be happy, make good friends, and raise Archie to play with other kids their age, ”added the insider.

Most properties in Santa Barbara range from £ 1.5 million to £ 15 million, according to real estate agents in the US.

Cristal Clarke of Montecito Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty told Mansion Global: & # 39; Occasionally, a home will sell for over $ 20 million (£ 15 million).

"The most popular price range is from $ 4 million (£ 3 million) to $ 10 million (£ 7.6 million), and buyers are paying more than $ 5 million (£ 3.8 million) for a home Sea view. "

Oprah's property is valued at $ 100 million (£ 76.6 million) and has been referred to by her as her "promised land," while the home of Ellen and Mrs. Portia de Rossi is valued at $ 27 million (Jan. , £ 7 million).

Star Wars creator and director George Lucas has a home for $ 28 million (£ 21.4 million) while Gwyneth Paltrow bought there for $ 4.9 million (£ 3.8 million).

Actor Rob Lowe has $ 47 million (£ 36 million) worth of property in Santa Barbara, while Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have a $ 10 million (£ 7.6 million) beach house in the area .

Harry and Meghan had lived in Tyler Perry's $ 18 million (£ 13.8 million) Beverly Hills mansion with 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms for the past few months.

Perry is close friends with Oprah, who lives just a few miles from the couple's home. He is also represented by some of the same people who represent the couple.

“While it was a nice favor for her at a very difficult time, Tyler Perry's 18 bedroom house is not Harry's style. Yes, he grew up in the royalty and halls of Buckingham Palace, but he prefers more intimate houses with character, ”the source said.

Harry and Meghan had lived in Tyler Perry's $ 18 million Beverly Hills mansion with 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms

Harry and Meghan had lived in Tyler Perry's $ 18 million Beverly Hills mansion with 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms

The couple took legal action against numerous paparazzi agencies after Archie was pictured in a driveway with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.

Harry and Meghan are both very upset about this invasion of privacy, but that wasn't why they left Los Angeles. They were about to buy their Santa Barbara home.

Harry and Meghan never intended to make Los Angeles their home. It was a good place for her to be close to Meghan's mother when she arrived in the US, ”the source shared.

A spokesman for the couple confirmed that they have moved into their new home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to their family home in July of that year. They have settled in the quiet privacy of their community since arriving and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors as well as for them as a family, ”the source said.

Everyone needs good neighbors: who else lives in the new hometown of Santa Barbara, Harry and Meghan?

Oprah Winfrey

The 66-year-old chat show queen Oprah Winfrey is best known for her talk show and philanthropy.

She is friends with Meghan and Harry and had publicly supported them for retiring from the royal family.

Valued at $ 2.6 billion (£ 1.6 billion), Oprah previously said, "Harry said the other day in that charity statement that he had to make a decision to move forward in peace with his new family."

She bought the 42-acre Santa Barbara property for $ 50 million (£ 38.4 million) and calls it the Promised Land.

Now it's worth $ 100 million (£ 76.6 million) and is said to have stunning ocean views.

Oprah's massive $ 90 million Montecito property, with breathtaking ocean views, was bought for a fraction of the price

Oprah's massive $ 90 million Montecito property, with breathtaking ocean views, was bought for a fraction of the price

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

The talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (62) and the wife of actress Portia de Rossi (47) also live in Santa Barbara.

Her home is valued at $ 27 million (£ 20.7 million) and is also friends with the Duke and Duchess.

$ 330 million (£ 254 million) Ellen announced she had spent the 2019 afternoon with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, even holding and feeding baby Archie.

She described the couple: "Seriously, they are so amazing, they are the cutest couple and so down to earth."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks following allegations of intimidation and racism.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's home is valued at $ 27 million (£ 20.7 million), and they are friends of the Duke and Duchess too

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's home is valued at $ 27 million (£ 20.7 million), and they are friends of the Duke and Duchess too

George Lucas

The 76-year-old director George Lucas is best known for starting the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises.

He is not believed to know either of the two, although Harry had a secret role in one of the science fiction films he did not direct.

Back in 2019, he bought two hectares on the beach for $ 28 million (£ 21.5 million).

There is said to be a small Cape Cod style house, as well as a guest house, tree house and barn.

Star Wars creator and director George Lucas bought two acres of beachfront property in 2019 for $ 28 million (£ 21.5 million)

Star Wars creator and director George Lucas bought two hectares of beachfront property in 2019 for $ 28 million (£ 21.5 million)

Rob Lowe

Actor Rob Lowe – known for The West Wing and Parks and Recreation – is also a Santa Barbara local.

It is said to be valued at $ 47 million (£ 36.1 million) and has been put up for sale although Rob is believed to still be living there.

Listing says it sits on 3.4 acres of land and has great views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Rob is one of the wealthier residents with an estimated personal net worth of $ 60 million (£ 46 million).

Actor Rob Lowe's home is valued at $ 47 million and sits on 3.4 acres of land overlooking the Pacific and mountains

Actor Rob Lowe's home is valued at $ 47 million and sits on 3.4 acres with views of the Pacific and mountains

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is another new neighbor of the royal couple.

She spent $ 4.9 million (£ 3.8 million) on the 5,022-square-foot lot, known as the fixer-upper at the time.

Gwyneth – which is valued at $ 100 million (£ 76 million) – had some planning difficulties with the property in 2017 to build a new home there.

Her plans for a 14,000-square-foot home were turned down by a neighbor, who complained that the new structure would block his view.

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