Will the Sussexes sell their Montecito mansion & move to Hope Ranch?

In the Duchess of Sussex’s cover profile in The Cut, the journalist Allison P. Davis is allowed into the Sussexes’ Montecito mansion, which Davis described in detail. The house sounds like it’s lovely, comfortable and sort of like it has the vibe of a high-end hotel. I came out of The Cut’s piece believing that Harry and Meghan liked the home a lot and they were happy to build their new lives there. But what if the Sussexes are looking to move to a different home in the elite Santa Barbara community of Hope Ranch? That’s the rumor! I can’t even blame the British press for this one, the rumor seems to have originated in the Santa Barbara News Press:

The buzz around town is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have either already purchased or are shopping for a very private estate in Hope Ranch, having determined that their Montecito mansion does not properly accommodate them.

[From The Santa Barbara News Press]

Hope Ranch is apparently about ten miles away from their Montecito home and from the photos, it seems like it’s more of a “nestled in the mountains” vibe, as opposed to ocean-adjacent. I’d rather be closer to the beach, but perhaps it’s a security thing – the Mail’s reporting mentioned that there have been break-ins in the Sussexes’ neighborhood, weird how the Mail knows all of that though. It could also be an amenities thing – from what I gather, Hope Ranch is some kind of gated community with a members-only country club, golf club, tennis courts and equestrian trails. According to the NY Post, homes in Hope Ranch can go for $22 million.

So do you think Harry & Meghan will move? LOL. What if they move somewhere with even more bedrooms and bathrooms and it’s more expensive? Hahaha the Mail’s editors will be frothing at the mouth. There will be all-caps headlines about the number of bathrooms. Anyway, the Sussexes’ Montecito home was a good investment and if they sold it, they would probably double their money. That being said, I bet you anything that Meghan simply likes to look at real estate and seeing what’s available in their area. Looking around doesn’t mean they’re buying or selling!

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  1. Noki says:

    Hotel vibe ? As in not very homely? I actually thought they never bought their current home outright.

    • Becks1 says:

      I mean, they took out a mortgage for it, but that’s NBD if they have paid some of it down or the house has increased in value.

      • Dee says:

        It increased in value the second they were confirmed as having bought it. Honestly, they could make their entire living flipping houses and filmng the process. HGTV would probably put Meghan on their board of directors lmao

      • Mauve says:

        @DEE I want more for them than a TV show about House flipping but I would watch the hell out of that show

    • Aurora says:

      From what we can see in videos, is very lux-homely. Lots of neutrals and natural materials, sturdy furniture. A mix of high-end, boho and cottage core decor. I’m sure they’ve bought or carried some art pieces, but -wisely- have chosen not to display them.

  2. Stacey Dresden says:

    Sounds nice! They may be looking for exactly those community amenities mentioned that will allow them to safely socialize.

    • bettyrose says:

      I just googled it, as I recommend everyone does. Dayum. I don’t hate it. Minimum price to move in is $5 mil and then you’re the poor relation in the bad part of paradise – plus at that price point, you’re probably the working rich with insufficient leisure time to enjoy all the amenities, but let’s talk the $20 mil properties. It’s way more than you’d get in NYC or SF for $20 mil. Totally worth it.

    • Aud says:

      It looks a lot more private while still being close to the amenities they love in Montecito. I recall being surprised by how close they are to their neighbours at the moment. If I’m paying to live in a multimillion dollar area, I would personally prefer more privacy. The equestrian trails may appeal to Harry.

      • KLS says:

        Seems no one has connected the dots…. The RF is desperate to not have Harrys book published….
        H & M are looking at luxury properties NOT forgetting the freeze out they got at the funeral,,,

        The King has VERY deep pockets…

      • Christine says:

        Seriously? You think Harry and Meghan are waiting for a payoff from Chuck to get an even bigger house than the one they already happily have, purchased with their own money? You truly believe Harry and Meghan are in deep talks with Chuck III, in any way that would beholden them to him for even 10 minutes…for a more luxurious house?


        I’m out.

    • JULIE says:

      It’s not nestled in the mountains. It overlooks the ocean. They have more privacy in Montecito

  3. Over it says:

    I just want to know if the British media will still be able to count the bathrooms? Like does the British media have a bathroom counter on their payroll? 😂😂😂😂😂
    I wish Harry and Meghan would buy up lots of property in Santa Barbara area just because it’s a good investment and not to mention it will make the British media shit themselves daily. Think of the poor bathroom counter. Lol

    • Isabella says:

      No doubt it’s on Zillow or Redfin. Or in public documents. You just need the address.

      • bettyrose says:

        I find it immensely creepy that we have no privacy. Anyone who has your address (a colleague picking you up for carpool, a distant cousin sending you holiday cards) can easily see your purchase price, equity, property taxes . . . it’s just that we didn’t use to share that kind of financial information with anyone but our closest family and now it’s public information.

      • Athena says:

        I went on Zillow yesterday, didn’t see anything that would suit Harry and Meghan.

  4. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Maybe Meghan’s getting into flipping homes. If so, good for her. She can get a show on HGTV and then start her own home improvement network. It would give the rest of the Royal curmudgeons heart attacks and the British Media’s heads would explode. Problem solved!

    • CheChe says:

      Nevermind HGTV…a home and hearth show could be part of their content on their production schedule. The Sussexes should control their content. That was a good idea.

      • Snuffles says:

        I think I actually started drooling thinking about the possibilities. I watch an embarrassing amount of these kind of show. What if it’s The Tig 2.0!?

    • Liz in A says:

      Now I have the absolute giggles imagining her on some sort of House Hunter’s International / This Old House renovating, taking a sledgehammer to old ancient castle walls in Scotland and beaming let’s update this drafty old thing! WHACK lol and the Salt Island melts and explodes all at the same time

  5. Andromeda says:

    Hope Ranch is still close to the beach. In fact, it has a private beach that you can only access from the community. It’s a very quiet, “old money” gated community.

    • MeganC says:

      There is currently only one home in Hope Ranch listed for sale and it is In the Tudor revival style. If they bought that the gossip rags would implode.

      • Becks1 says:

        I just looked at Hope Ranch on Zillow and Realtor and there are quite a few for sale.

        The prices are interesting too, some are 20 million, and some are “only” 7 or 8 million which seems cheap for me for that area and in a gated community, but maybe that’s a typical price?

      • MeganC says:

        Zillow gives you adjacent properties. Look it up on Sotheby’s.

      • Becks1 says:

        ? There’s still more than one house listed on Sotheby’s (actually the same ones that I saw on zillow and realtor.com).

        Regardless it seems that if H&M want to move, they’ll have options, but I would be surprised if their house goes on the market or if they buy a house that’s on the market, I think it would all be handled privately.

    • Anne says:

      Hope Ranch is north of Montecito and also along the coast. Their Montecito house is a couple of miles from the beach, so Hope Ranch is actually closer to the coast. It’s not gated, I’ve been through the community and my husband has played gold at the CC. I like Montecito better. Close to restaurants and shops- Hope ranch is a bit more isolated and also farther drive to LA.

      I think I saw M in Montecito last month. Shopping at a kids store and no one making a fuss. There are lots of famous people in Montecito and people are pretty cool about it. I’ve personally never seen any paparazzi and I think locals would tell them to get lost.

      • Pinkosaurus says:

        Thanks for sharing your direct knowledge! Readers of this blog are so knowledgeable! It’s nice you were able to let the possible Meghan at the store continue uninterrupted. I would not have bothered her but I’m sure she would catch me staring like a creepy peeper despite my attempts to be cool.

      • Becks1 says:

        Thanks for the info @Anne! So its not gated and is farther out, so maybe this story is just speculation (“maybe” lol.)

        I remember when H&M moved to LA and then Montecito and the British press was screeching about the paparazzi and “privacy” but my impression of that area (and NYC) is that there are so many famous people that they kind of just blend into the background. Yes some get papped more than others but it seems like a lot just live their lives.

      • Mimi says:

        Hope Ranch is where quite a few SB celebrities are moving to so this is an on-trend decision if true. HR is not safer then Montecito nor fully gated but is an equestrian community so that might be the attraction..

    • Lisa says:

      Hope Ranch isn’t any more exclusive and/or private than Montecito. They may be moving because they’ve had security issues, but they’re simply moving from one expensive neighborhood to another.

      I grew up here. HR is only about 15 miles from Montecito and it was where all the celebrities lived, until they all started moving to Montecito. Both places are beautiful.

    • MsGnomer says:

      I would worry about the fire risk in the more mountainous area, gated community or no.

      • SallyW says:

        It isn’t up in the mountains, it’s hilly and down by the ocean. It’s a low risk area for fires.

  6. Em says:

    Every year we get this story, last year it was a real estate agent that put out the rumor to get buyers interested in their property. Meghan and Harry have made it clear multiple times that is their forever home. Do I see them buying more properties ? Yes but do I see them moving? Unless something catastrophically bad happens no. And it won’t surprise me if someone at the daily mail is responsible for these “break ins” , you don’t know how low they can go

    • Mavsmom31 says:

      I was going to comment this exactly. The Others are moving from home to home (and up the ladder) and so the Daily Mail (who would really have no idea) are suddenly positing that the Sussexes are vying to move into more exclusive digs. I don’t believe any moving is happening until I see moving vans.

    • Not a Subject says:

      One of the guys who broke in – like walked into their house – drove cross country from Ohio and was in a drunk haze. He broke in Christmas Eve and again the day after Christmas. yikes

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        That was Nikolas Brooks. He didn’t walk into their house though. He was caught trespassing on the property which can mean he didn’t get any further than 2 or 3 feet onto the over 7 acre property. Still creepy and bizarre.

    • ChillinginDC says:

      Meghan even flat out said on Ellen or somewhere they are done moving for a long time. I don’t blame her. Dealing with a toddler and moving and then pregnant and having to also set up a home. Bless.

      • Green girl says:

        They’ve also been through a lot in the last six years or so. I hope wherever they are offers peace and safety.

  7. HelloDolly! says:

    I live about 45 minutes from Montecito (neighboring Ventura county), and I can see why they could or would move to a gated community. Their house is like 10 minutes from the freeway, and you could easily drive right up to its outside walls. Easy access for the motivated, crazy paparrazzi!

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      I have seen reports of “prowlers” around the Montecito property. If they move, I”m sure security is the primary reason.

    • SallyW says:

      It is the same in Hope Ranch. It’s private but not gated and it’s 5 min from 101.

  8. Beach Dreams says:

    Eh, I’d still be skeptical of the source. The last time there were rumors of them moving, it turned out that some local real estate agent was trying to use their names to get more attention for business.

  9. Ginger says:

    One odd tidbit I remember from The Cut interview is that Harry said they were having plumbing issues lol. But, I also remember Meghan said they have done enough moving.

    Wasn’t there a real estate agent from there that used Harry and Meghan’s name to try and drive interest to a property?

  10. lucy2 says:

    If it was better for security, I wouldn’t blame them one bit. But like most stories about them, it’s likely someone’s fantasizing that they spin into a tabloid story because they can’t leave them alone.

    • CheChe says:

      Not only can’t leave the Sussexes alone but constant content is needed ,so fiction is produced. Whenever Harry and Meghan take breaks old stories are recycled until they surface. A void must be filled to pay these pipers.

  11. Jane B says:

    If they need $500k per person per year for security – the amount often cited for Andrew – then the fact their current Montecito home doubled on value would be a reason to sell. I also think it’s the only thing that would make them think of returning to the UK: any promise of lifelong security.

    • LuLubrown says:

      Royal police officers get a salary of 25,000 to 45,000 per year to guard the royal family. The average salary for a Service Service agent in the United States is 75-144 thousand annually. I doubt Harry and Meghan’s security cost more than it would to guard the President or the Royal family.

      • Becks1 says:

        So keep in mind with those numbers – there are a good amount of secret service agents. more than 5 lol. So it does cost more than 500k to protect the president just in terms of manpower. H&M don’t just have two security agents. They probably have a team that rotates (6? 8?) If each one makes 50k (which I think is low for the security they need), then we’re at 300-400k.

  12. Snuffles says:

    Well, I could think of reasons they might want to move.

    1. Security is an issue. On top of the bling ring style crime spree happening in their neighborhood, there have been reports of numerous phone calls to the local police about attempted break ins to their property. It could be UK paparazzi, stalkers, or other threats.

    2. UK paps are probably crawling all over Montecito and it’s making it difficult to live their day to day lives. This Hope Ranch sounds all inclusive on top of it being a gated community. They would rarely need to leave the neighborhood to take their kids out to do fun stuff like go to the beach, horse riding, parks, etc.

    3. Everyone knows where they live. I’ve read that there are ways of hiding home purchase details from the public. I’m sure they can arrange that so no one will know their exact address in the future. Whether for stalking purposes (it’s WAY too easy to get the lay of the property online) or simply learning what’s included on the property. I mean their Montecito bathrooms launched a thousand articles on their own.

    4. It’s not too far from where they already are and they won’t have to pull Archie out of school.

    5. As stated above, their home value has increased astronomically, they could make a tidy profit and use it as a down payment for a new property.

    • Angelica Schuyler says:

      They could be looking at a pocket listing, one that is not yet public. If the property is not yet on the MLS and has not changed hands recently, there might not be public pictures available from a listing for the BM to count bathrooms. To keep the transaction private they can buy it using an LLC of which the beneficial owners are anonymous.

      Wealthy people do this all the time to keep the public out of their business.

      If they did decide to move, I hope they would do it this way to keep the BM off their trail for a minute. They could even keep the property in Montecito as their business base and use a new property with better security as their home. If they can afford it, the possibilities are endless.

      And why not? If the lazy Keens can have a castle (Windsor), a mansion (Anmer), two cottages (Adelaide and the one at Balmoral) and an apartment suite (Kensington) all on the taxpayer’s dime, I think the Sussexes should buy as many properties as they want with THEIR OWN money! I’m all for it. They should buy something in NY, perhaps a ski chalet in Aspen, and a castle somewhere in England just to get on Chuck and Willie’s nerves!

      • minnieder says:

        @angelica, can you explain more about using an LLC to buy property? My only experience (an ex did this) is buying a house under a bullshit LLC to try and hide assets/avoid certain taxes. I’d love to learn more about how LLCs work relative to buying property. I’ve gotten a lot of varying information online.

    • ChillinginDC says:

      Those are good points. I saw some derangers on Twitter posting their floor plans. I could not believe it and reported them.

      But part of me wonders if this story is out there to be like see Harry and Meghan are buying multiple homes just like the Wales.

      • Debbie says:

        Except it’s not reported as the Cambridges buying multiple homes by the BM. It’s reported as “downsizing” while the BM leaves out the other additional properties owned/used exclusively by the Cambridges.

  13. Becks1 says:

    Maybe they’ll move, maybe they won’t, but you know the british press is tracking their every move. For them, a gated community may make them feel safer and they may feel like they could scale back on their at-home security if they are living in a gated community? Especially if it has a private country club, beach access, etc.

    I love their current home though, that’s one of the houses I would buy if I was multi millionaire lol, with the tea house and the pool and the playground and the distant ocean views etc.

    (I’d also buy a gorgeous mountain “cabin” and probably something on a private tropical beach, it’d be good to have options.)

    • C-Shell says:

      LOL, Becks, I was just posting almost the same exact thing! I believe their security would be a major factor if they were to give up their beloved Montecito property for a safer, more remote, gated community.

    • MsIam says:

      Plus, a lot of those gated communities have their own security patrols so they might feel that’s a safer bet than relying only on the local police. Plus I don’t know if a private patrol would have to report everything like the local police do, unless they have to call the cops to make an arrest. So maybe less for the Fail to snoop on..

    • notasugarhere says:

      TBH, I was very surprised they didn’t buy in a gated community to start. Doesn’t matter how discreet the neighbors are if anyone (tabloids) can get onto your property easily.

  14. C-Shell says:

    The Sussex’s security concerns have not improved, arguably are worse than ever thanks to the BRF’s and RR’s obsessed stalking of their every move. I could see them looking at Hope Ranch as a safer place for them and their kiddos, but The Cut article sure made their Montecito home sound like their happy place. 🤷‍♀️

    I wonder, does Hope Ranch allow for rescue chickens?

  15. Lolo86lf says:

    So the sole purpose of moving to Hope Ranch is to enhance their safety and privacy situations then go right ahead. I just looked up Hope Ranch is not far from the their private beach. I understand that Meghan and Harry are not poor but how can they afford an even more expensive home? Their current home is valued at $17 million and now they might be upgrading to a $22 million home. The BM is going to eat them alive.

    • Becks1 says:

      If they move, its because they can afford it because they’re not poor, so its their choice.

      The BM eats them alive no matter what they do.

    • Bex says:

      The very last thing they should ever do is make decisions based upon what a group of beans-on-toast eating hacks might write about them.

  16. MaryContrary says:

    Better security, and maybe more of a “neighborhood feel” for the kids?

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Is now is a good time to buy real estate, especially with the rising interest rates? Is it different for the luxury home market? Any realtors to weigh in? There current place is amazing but we all know more about that house than we should.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        L4Frimaire, I’m not a realtor, but I agree with you. This would be a really bad time to buy. The interest rates are rising, and the housing market is not only cooling but prices will begin falling IMO.

        The reports of the trespassers were reported a year(?) ago or so. I haven’t seen any articles since then although that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I think this is more of the rrs making stuff up to have something to write about. They live on a private road that no one can access unless they live there or are invited.

        We’ll have to wait and see. The home they now own would have gone up A LOT since they purchased it, so I suspect they could sell and buy something and have money in hand left over. I just can’t see them buying now with the real estate market being questionable.

      • HelloDolly! says:

        I am not a realtor, but I live on the central coast of CA about 45 minutes away from Montecito. My husband and I bought a starter 2 bedroom condo here a few years ago after living with our parents to afford the downpayment. We just made 200k in equity after selling it!

        Home prices on the central coast keep going up and up, and they are NOT falling. California is a destination state, and people from all over the world want real estate here. I am seeing home prices here either go up or at least stay the same as what they were during the pandemic—-in fact, the single family home we bought a few months ago is currently worth 50k more than what we bought it for! And homes are selling even now. So yes, unless interest rates go to like 10 percent or something exceedingly high, H&M are going to make $$$$$$!

  17. girl_ninja says:

    If they move it may be for safety reasons or just because they want to move. With their dull lazy relatives having 4 residence at last count Meghan and Harry can move wherever they would like.

  18. Heather C says:

    OMG let the outrage commence! A couple might sell their private home and buy another private home with their own money. Watch heads explode if the new house has SEVENTEEN bathrooms!

    But let’s not pay attention to the Wails “We’re just like you really!” schtick….4 tax payer supported homes. Or Snarles the Turd and his numerous castles.

    I mean…the potential for 17 bathrooms in another country is enough to throw any poop in rivers, shortages of food, inability to afford heat for the commoners right off the front page.

  19. Concern Fae says:

    The Daily Mail just reads the Montecito police blotter. They know it’s good for a story on a slow news day.

    I had a European co-worker who was astonished to learn that arrests, crimes, etc. are all public records in the US and put in the paper. Of course, it’s the police version of the story, but it is made public.

    • Lorelei says:

      When I saw this over the weekend, I didn’t even think this particular column was real; it says the author’s nom de plume means “satire and mockery” so I thought this whole article was a joke! Like the Borowitz Report in The New Yorker. But apparently everyone else thinks it’s real so I guess I was wrong? No clue.

  20. aquarius64 says:

    Tin foil tiara: the queen in her will may have left the Sussexes property in Hope Ranch. The queen’s will is sealed for 90 years so we won’t know what she bequeathed. Harry may have inherited a tidy sum from Philip to pay off the Monteicito manse.

    • Snuffles says:

      Ooh! I love that idea. She does own property all over the world. She might have gifted it to them before she died. I think if it’s a gift, it’s tax free.

      • Sms says:

        Gifts are definitely not tax free. You can place property in a trust but not sure if any of the benefits/distributions of the trust are taxable.

      • CherHorowitz says:

        I thought the royals dont pay inheritance tax anyway?! Which is galling obviously. I may be wrong but pretty sure

      • Becks1 says:

        @CherHorowitz – no, the royals pay inheritance tax. The difference is that anything passed from monarch to monarch is tax-free. so that’s why we speculate/assume that charles basically inherited everything from his mother – the art, the jewelry, the property (Sandringham, balmoral), everything that was personally owned by her, plus he now “gets” the crown properties as well (BP, Windsor).

        so if the Queen left a tiara to Beatrice, for example, Beatrice would have to pay inheritance tax on that.

        There is a gift tax in the US but not sure at what point it kicks in.

    • ncboudicca says:

      Ah! I was thinking that she probably left them (and her other grandchildren) very nice sums of money, but property would certainly be another interesting option! I really wonder if she would have even known all the properties in her portfolio. If she thought ahead and deliberately bought property there, knowing she would leave it to them…well, I will think the better of her for it.

      • Snuffles says:

        The more that I think about it, gifting her grandchildren property makes more sense. It’s tax free and I’m sure all of them could benefit greatly from it in the long run. Especially if Charles goes through with his slimming down the monarchy plan. A LOT of cousins and grandchildren would be thrown out on their asses with no where to land. Not to mention some of children as well.

  21. Feebee says:

    The way Meghan talked about their house/home makes me think something drastic would have had to happen. Like – and I wouldn’t put it past them – one of the BM getting them swatted or something worse. Something that really made them see the place as not secure enough. Which would be horrible for them as they sound like they love their home.

    At this stage the BM just can’t afford to not talk about them so this most likely isn’t true at all. Even the recent photo that came out of Fred and Gladys, and the Wails, most had to mention (what about) Harry. They’re incapable of letting them go.

  22. Scorpion says:

    I hope the new home has 200 bathrooms 🙃

  23. Amy Bee says:

    The last time this rumour was floated it was some real estate agency who was trying to get attention for its company. I’m going to guess that this is happening again. The way Meghan spoke about her house it seemed that she loves it a lot and it would surprise me if they do move. If they do move, it means they’re not struggling financially as the British press and the royalists hope and believe.

    • CherHorowitz says:

      Or someone who lives in hope ranch eho is attempting to raise the value of the area even further before their home hits the market…

  24. Lizzie says:

    No way H&M or anyone on their team would say ‘their mansion does not properly accommodate them.’., Just no way. They are not skull and bones looking to forever move up and accumulate palaces, homes & cottages, but if they have found they cannot properly secure their dream home then of course they will move.

  25. SAS says:

    And somehow selling one mansion for another is more extravagant than acquiring a fourth stately property, all considered residences?

    I can only assume it’s security related, and wonder if an announcement is coming around their titles that will send the rabid press to stalk them in Montecito.

    Or perhaps it’s to blood the water for news of the Wales’ moving into Windsor Castle.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I read somewhere, probably 6 months ago, that Sussex property having difficulties with bad smells. From what I remember, it smells like eggs or worse everyday from maybe the water. Yuck!!!

    • L84Tea says:

      Stop listening to that hack Camilla Tominey.

    • equality says:

      There were stories going around about a bird refuge and some odors. If there were really such a problem do you think so many celebrities would be living in the area?

    • Amy Bee says:

      Don’t forget the bears and mountain lions, Elizabeth. The press also said that Meghan was taking 6 weeks off from her podcast.

    • Polo says:

      Omg stop listening and reading Murdoch media!!! Trash trash trash! They wrote those obsessive articles about Harry and Meghan’s home because they had nothing else to talk about. Come on common sense! Smh

    • Debbie says:

      Did the BM write any stories about the sewage problem in England? No? I didn’t think so.

    • Christine says:

      The offensive smell wafting from a nearby weed farm was my favorite of the BS the Sussexes probably have to breathe foul air stories. I enjoyed watching people on another continent twist in the wind about the smells in Montecito waaaaaaay too much.

  27. Chantal says:

    This is one story I hope (haha) is true. And the feeding frenzy from the gleeful er I mean mourning period might have exacerbated their security concerns and level of safety. The number of reported break-ins in Montecito is troubling so no matter how much they love it, feeling unsafe in your own home would be miserable. So yeah safety first and it sounds like a lovely place to live. Also flipping houses is an excellent side hustle!

  28. SussexWatcher says:

    I don’t believe this one bit. They just moved to the Montecito property and I can’t imagine them wanting to have another huge move so soon, especially with two small kids. Also (silly, I know, since H plays polo), but they do not strike me as private country club and golf people, like, at all.

    IMO, this “news” is all to distract from something coming about the Wailses. I’ll bet news is about to break with them moving into Windsor. It’s always pure projection, so while the Fail is writing its 453rd article about the Sussexes buying a new property with 800 bathrooms, the Wailses will drop some big news. Distract distract and throw the Sussexes to the wolves. That’s always been the playbook.

    • First comment says:

      So true! After all, wasn’t Meghan who said during one interview ( sorry, i don’t remember which one) “we are done with moving ” or something similar? After all, they moved several times in 3 years time, so I don’t think it’s possible…however, they can buy whatever property they want…it’s their money, their investments

    • Snuffles says:

      It’s a local news tip. I saw it on TMZ. They may be trash but they are usually right about this kind of stuff. They’re always talking about celebrities buying and selling their homes.

  29. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    I would rather live at the beach myself, but then again the paparazzi could care less about me 😏 so I get the security concerns
    Anyway my question is this:
    Since the area they’re “looking into” is THAT exclusive, wouldn’t there be a real estate agency that works for the kind of clientele H&M would be without any advertising or publicity at all? I would think if that’s the case, then said firm would know what is and isn’t for sale.
    There is at least 1 firm that I know of in my hometown like that. The old “if you have to ask…” and there are a serious number of obscenely wealthy people here.
    Just thinking out loud

  30. Eating Popcorn says:

    Didn’t Oprah recently sell her home? Maybe the Fail is confusing the black people of Santa Barbara.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Where did you see that information?

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Oprah didn’t sell her main Montecito residence. It was a separate property she owned. AD had a story on it (Sept.9, 2022). From the story:
        “Winfrey purchased the roughly one-acre estate, made up of the main house and two cottages, last year for $10.5 million. Exact details of the privately made sales aren’t entirely clear, but the former talk show host apparently separated the property in half, selling the Mediterranean-style home to Aniston and the two cottage houses to her personal trainer and property manager, Bob Greene. The latter sold for $2.3 million, bringing the compound’s grand total sale price up to about $17 million–$6.5 million more than Winfrey paid for it just last year.”
        “Winfrey still owns a number of other properties, including her primary residence at a massive 20,000-square-foot mansion set on a 66-acre estate dubbed “Promised Land,” also located in Montecito.”

  31. matthew says:

    MM is 100% a Zillow sleuth

  32. Miss Owlsyn says:

    I have no idea if this story has any truth to it but the name Hope Ranch sounds like a cult compound. Terrible name for a neighborhood.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Hurt yourself with that yoga-like stretch to find something wrong with it? Named after the early property owner, Thomas Hope. Took 10 seconds to find that info.

      • EveV says:

        I think the name of the neighborhood sounds horrible too, no matter where it comes from.
        That being said, I just hope H&M do whatever is best for them and makes them happy. I have my doubts they’re going to move, for the same reasons already mentioned. Also, Harry and Meghan have a tight circle around them. Their plans hardly ever leak so I’m curious where this is coming from.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Miss Owlsyn, you’re right, it *does* sound kind of cult-ish!

  33. Kelsey says:

    They love that Monticeto home. They are not moving lol. They seem like they took their time looking (example: staying a/Tyler Perry’s house for a few months beforehand) to put thought into their decision so they could stay there awhile. The media is a mess.

  34. Amie says:

    I feel like rich people move a lot more than the average person? Whether due to getting bored or seeing something “bigger and better” and hey why not, they can afford to buy it! I always roll my eyes when I see celebrity couples buying huge houses and making ridiculous renovations, especially if it’s a couple I know that will probably get divorced (Kim and Kanye, for example). And most of the time I’m right, the couple tends to sell the home in less than 5 years because they split up.

    I don’t think that will happen to Harry and Meghan but their Montecito house was their first house in the area and now that they’re more familiarized, maybe they realized there are better locations for their lifestyle. They moved at the height of the pandemic and probably stayed mostly home during that first year. Meghan was pregnant and they were probably trying to avoid getting covid at all costs. Now that things are more open, they’ve been able to get a better feel for the area and maybe they’ve decided to move because of it.

  35. windyriver says:

    One of the more depressing parts of this story to me is, the REST of that supposedly “local” article. It’s the first of a new rumors column in the Santa Barbara paper, written by someone anonymous, and seems to have sourced its information directly from the tabloids and internet rumors, complete with shade. I feel badly for Harry and Meghan if their own local news is picking up and running with the crap that’s being originated by the BM.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      The owner of the SBNP, Wendy McCaw, is a big Trump supporter and from what I’ve read the paper leans in that direction. Hopefully, not too many people read that paper. There are other options. (search Wendy McCaw abuse of power-she sounds fun /s) I suspect that the anonymous ‘Momus’ is Robert Eringer who writes unfavorably about the Sussexes on the regular-for SBNP. He’s an @sshole that constantly repeats BM talking points and doesn’t name sources but likes to give “sources” important sounding positions. He was happy to reference Wootton & Levin in one story.

      As others have noted, Hope Ranch is not a gated community. You do need to be a resident to use the gated beach there.

      • Lorelei says:

        @AGreatReckoning, I didn’t even think this column was real because it says that ‘Momus’ means “satire and mockery.” And if you read the entire thing, it’s definitely stupid enough to be mockery! I have no idea, I just assumed it was satire because of the author’s name.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        At first, after reading the editor’s note, I thought that too and thought they did a great job mocking the BM with their ridiculous stories. (I don’t believe the Hope Ranch story is true). Like windyriver mentioned ‘Momus’ then just started repeating BM talking points. Along with things Eringer and Mineards from the Montecito Journal write. Mineards used to work for the DM and Eringer used to write for another BM tabloid. Eringer was involved in the Janice Pottker story.

        It seems ‘Momus’ is throwing speculation and personal opinion under the guise of mockery and satire for legal reasons and comes across as an internet troll/deranger. I’ve read The Onion for years. Their mockery and satire is obvious and funny. Momus not so much.

  36. Brubs says:

    “Hope Ranch is some kind of gated community with a members-only country club, golf club, tennis courts and equestrian trails. According to the NY Post, homes in Hope Ranch can go for $22 million.”


  37. Dimbulb says:

    Hope Ranch is NOT gated or 10 miles from where they are. It is just on the other side of DT SB. Hope Ranch is on a bluff above the ocean, and it is a lovely old-school neighborhood where prices are better because you are not paying for the Montecito address. Currently, H&M live in a small gated area of Montecito. I would think the security is better where they are. I believe the house they live in was a high-end rental before they bought it. If they move to Hope Ranch, they could buy something besides a spec house.

  38. JMoney says:

    I know its wishful thinking but I hope if they do decide to sell and move that they at least do an AD video on the Montecito home. I highly doubt they will given how private they are about their home but many celebs use that tactic of showing their home on AD before they sell or they’ve already sold the home.

  39. Mooney says:

    Just googled hope ranch and the top headlines were Harry and Meghan “reportedly” looking for a new property there. Talk about obsessed LoL.

  40. Michele says:

    We still don’t know how much The fail had to pay out after the lost that court case. I wonder about that.

  41. bloemheks says:

    They don’t live by the beach. They live in the north end of Montecito in the foothills, which means crossing the 101 and 192 to get to butterfly beach. Hope Ranch is south of the 101 with private access to Hope Ranch beach.

  42. Elsa says:

    Hope Ranch is a dream equestrian community. I hope they move there. They could keep their horses in the back yard! Ponies for the kids.

  43. jamzsquared says:

    Ok, so I very much doubt this is real, but on the rare chance that this rumor is true, I wouldn’t hate the idea of this move. Hope Ranch is an absolutely gorgeous part of Santa Barbara—I lived there for 4 years for grad school and one of my favorite poor PhD student activities was to have a nice brunch and drive through the parts of Hope Ranch that are accessible to the public. (My 2nd favorite activity: buying takeout from Lucky’s in Montecito, working at the Peet’s down the street, and pretending that I was also a rich bitch 😅).

  44. QuiteContrary says:

    I 100% would live as close to a beach as possible (as long as it was safe climate change-wise).
    Wherever they live, hope H&M are happy and safe.

  45. Athena says:

    Maybe they’re looking at property for investment purposes. Maybe Meghan is getting her own show on HGTV we’re she flips properties in Santa Barbara. Maybe for security reasons they want to move. I was hoping the next purchase would be a an apartment in New York

    Just reading comments above, I’m not the only one who is pitching HGTV

  46. equality says:

    Maybe some enterprising real estate agency is paying them to exhibit interest in various properties to get attention. That would be a smart move for a high-end agency.

  47. JRenee says:

    Maybe they suspect a leader in their midst. A great way to confirm is to share something fake and see if it leaks to confirm their suspicions.
    I just want them to be safe and free from intruders..

  48. Claire says:

    I feel kind of icky even entertaining some of these rumors. Just me?

    • L4Frimaire says:

      It seems does overly intrusive how much detail everyone wants of every aspect of their lives. Who cares where they live or if they move? Too many people are obsessed with their current home, beyond just the usual design/architectural interest. It is too much.

  49. ThisWitchIsntDead says:

    I hope they get the one with the avocado orchard!!

  50. Vanessa says:

    I’m thinking this a rumor to drum up hate against Meghan and Harry for being rich what they do with the money that they earned is their business. Meanwhile over in England the heating costs are expensive people are really suffering while King Charles has how many places William and kate have four homes and castle with a lot of rooms . While living on taxpayers money instead of focusing on that the British media doesn’t what it always does which is focused on Meghan and Harry and drum up hate against them .