A look at the design style favored by the A-list

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A-list homes are often elaborate in their aesthetics.

It is therefore not surprising that part of the Hollywood elite turn to Moorish design when renovating their dream building.

What exactly is Moorish design, you ask? Think color, geometric shapes, intricate tiles, stucco, plasterwork, domed ceilings, carved arches and stained glass.

The style was originally created by the Moors, those of Arab descent who spread Islam throughout the Middle East and Africa.

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The Moorish design is a favorite among some of Hollywood’s elite. Pictured is Ellen DeGeneres’ Montecito mansion that she recently sold. (Real estate agent)
A taste of Moorish design with its sculpted archways, tiles, geometric shapes and stuccowork.
The style includes curved archways, high ceilings and plasterwork. (Domain)
A taste of Moorish design with its sculpted archways, tiles, geometric shapes and stuccowork.
Colorful tiling with intricate patterns is another element of Moorish design. (Domain)

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The Moorish design made headlines again in September when it was reported by SitelineSB and Dirt that Ellen DeGeneres and his wife Portia de Rossi have sold their sprawling Montecito mansion for a whopping $36 million ($52.8 million).

It is understood that Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, bought the property in an off-market deal.

Records show DeGeneres bought the estate less than a year ago for $21 million ($30.8 million), making a handsome $21.9 million profit herself from the sale.

Madonna is also fond of Moorish design, which owns a $9 million ($13.1 million) mansion in Portugal.

A taste of Moorish design with its sculpted archways, tiles, geometric shapes and stuccowork.
The carved wooden details are also a nod to Moorish architecture. (Domain)
Ellen DeGeneres drops $29 million on Villa Tragara in Montecito
Ellen DeGeneres and his wife Portia de Rossi have sold their Moorish Montecito mansion for $36 million ($52.8 million). (Real estate agent)
Ellen DeGeneres drops $29 million on Villa Tragara in Montecito
Bathrooms feature wooden details and curved archways. (Real estate agent)
Ellen DeGeneres drops $29 million on Villa Tragara in Montecito
Columns and intricate tiles also add drama. (Real estate agent)

The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate features a rustic stucco exterior with curved archways and a flat roof that’s common to most Moorish properties.

Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have also listed their Moorish mansion in New Orleans’ historic Garden District.

The couple’s $4.45 million ($6.5 million) seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom home has arched windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, columns and carved wood detailing .

Four Moorish Design Homes in the Australian Market

23 Grevillia Avenue, Southport, Queensland

Moorish style property on the market.
The four-bedroom house has an outdoor entertaining area and a lap pool. (Côte d’Harcourts)

120 Tallai Road, Tallai, Queensland

Moorish style property in Australia on the market.
The four bedroom property has a grand exterior and is set amongst manicured gardens. (Kollosche)

15 Leeside Place, Hope Island, Queensland

Moorish style property in Australia on the market.
The four-bedroom abode has an intricately carved wooden door. (Vertullo Professionals)

14-18 Carcoola Street, Benowa, Queensland

Moorish style properties in Australia on the market.
The five-bedroom property is nestled in nature and has an idyllic outdoor space. (Amir Prestige)
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