But let me again up. Montecito has at all times been well-liked with Hollywood stars, however it’s not too long ago made headlines after successful the hearts of two very well-known royals.
Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry determined to name Montecito house, the one instances I’d ever actually heard concerning the California city — which is part of Santa Barbara — have been on episodes of “The O.C.”
But every little thing modified in July 2020, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex purchased a $14.65 million house up within the hills of Montecito, full with a pool, visitor home, and tennis courtroom. A spokesperson advised Insider’s Mikhaila Friel that the couple had “settled into the quiet privacy of their community.” Another supply advised Vogue that Harry and Meghan “were both drawn to the smaller town of Santa Barbara, where they can integrate into the community while having some distance and privacy.”
Markle and Harry are in star-studded firm. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry all have houses in Montecito. Ariana Grande additionally bought married at her $6.75 million mansion within the neighborhood.
But Lowe not too long ago claimed that Markle and Prince Harry had “heightened the level of interest” within the city.
“They definitely have brought a lot of attention to my sleepy little town,” Lowe — who has lived in Montecito for 26 years — advised E! News, claiming that even the strains at Starbucks have been longer now.
But had Harry and Markle actually modified life in Montecito? And what was it actually like residing in a tiny city filled with celebrities?
There was just one manner to discover out — hop on a prepare and go there myself.
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