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Step inside Lynda Weinman’s & Ariana Grande Montecito Estates...

Lynda Susan Weinman (born January 24, 1955) is an American business owner, computer instructor, and author, who founded an online software training website, lynda.com, with her husband, Bruce Heavin.[1] Lynda.com was acquired by online business network LinkedIn in April 2015 for $1.5 billion.


Weinman, with self-taught computer skills, worked in the film industry as a special effects animator, and became a faculty member at Art Center College of Design, UCLA, American Film Institute, and San Francisco State University multimedia studies program teaching computer graphics, animation, interactive design, and motion graphics. She has also written several books.


She purchased her Montecito Estate in 2021 for $8,000,000. The property has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with over 6,400+/- sq ft of living space.


Ariana purchased the property for $6.75 million from talk show tycoon Ellen DeGeneres.


The Porter House was originally constructed in England during the 1700s as two separate barns. At some point, the dual structures were eventually dismantled and carefully shipped to California, where they were painstakingly rebuilt as a single mansion-sized getaway, linked together by a glass-enclosed solarium. Today, the conjoined houses span a combined 5,500 square feet of living space with just two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and two powder rooms.


Inside, the property contains an eye-popping array of rare vintage furniture, all of the pieces selected by DeGeneres, and not one but two Architectural Digest-worthy kitchens, one of them equipped with a glass-fronted refrigerator that easily cost more than a base model BMW 3-series.



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