Conan O’Brien’s Beachfront Upgrade Has One of the Best Views from the Kitchen You’ve Ever Seen

published Nov 9, 2022
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Conan O'Brien attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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What do you do when you love the beach, but the house … not so much? If you’re Conan O’Brien and his wife Liza, you buy a bigger house on the same beach.

After selling their elevated ranch-style 2-bedroom in Carpinteria, California — just south of Santa Barbara — in July, the O’Briens picked up a new property in the same town for $23 million. That’s $10 million more than what they got for the old place.

According to Luxury Listings — an Instagram account focused on luxury homes — the couple traded an open floor plan and direct beach views for a hillside property that makes the beach appear to be a little further off in the distance. They are in fact still oceanside, though beach access now requires climbing down a fairly long flight of stairs.

The home offers plenty of outdoor living space as well, thanks to a wraparound deck featuring a fire pit, jacuzzi, and dining area — each in their own separate zones. Inside, the split level 4-bedroom, 4-bath house boasts an airy, indoor-outdoor feel that’s made possible due to windows and French doors lining the back part of the house. 

The darker toned hardwood floors on the lower part of the house are balanced by beige furnishings and lighter wood accents. The upper section of the home, which houses a large ocean-facing living room, is rendered even warmer by lighter wood flooring laid in a gorgeous herringbone pattern.

That beautiful flooring flows from the living area into the pièce de résistance: a large kitchen which is warmed by the sun, thanks to plenty of windows and a large skylight accenting its vaulted ceiling. The neutral kitchen manages to embody plenty of character despite the absence of any over the top details — skylight notwithstanding.

The white wooden cabinetry matches the white walls and exposed wood ceiling beams perfectly. The ivory stone countertops introduce a spot of color thanks to their marbled texture, while offering contrast to the cabinets and the stainless steel appliances and fixtures.

Perhaps the most attractive feature in the kitchen (again, nothing is touching that skylight) is the amount of space it offers. The counterspace wrapping along the back wall of the kitchen is boosted by a fairly long rectangular island. And while there doesn’t appear to be any cabinetry along the walls, the island adds plenty of storage space as well.

In all, Conan and Liza gained almost 1,500 square feet in their upgrade. And the best part about it is, they don’t even have to worry about getting to know a new locale.

Want to take a peek into other celeb-owned homes? Kitchn’s celebrity real estate section is your place to be.