Harry and Meghan eye new home after buying $14m mega-mansion just two years ago

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly looking for a new home in a private Californian community, just a couple of years after their move to the US.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keen to move to the Hope Ranch community, a coastal suburb of Santa Barbara, California, because their $14 million mansion in Montecito "does not properly accommodate them," according to reports.

When Meghan gave an interview with The Cut earlier this year, the reporter described their Montecito mansion as "startlingly big" but it seems the couple apparently aren't totally content in the property.

Hope Ranch homes can cost as much as $22 million according to a Santa Barbara News Press report.

The community has a range of facilities including a country club, golf course and club, and a tennis court – as well as a strong equestrian community with 27 miles of riding trails.

The Daily Mail cites a News-Press claiming Harry and Meghan may have already bought a property in the community, but this has not been confirmed.

There has also been no indication as to whether the couple are looking to move into a larger property than their current home, or even downsize.

OK! has contacted the Sussexes' representative for comment.

Montecito is a popular area for Hollywood celebrities such as the Sussexes' friend Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, and Jennifer Aniston.

Meanwhile, Hope Ranch's private neighbourhood would offer a quieter surrounding for the royal couple to raise their children, Archie and Lilibet.

The potential move for the couple comes as the Montecito police are starting to combat a rise in crime in the area.

An email from the Montecito Association to residents said that licence-plate recognition cameras were being installed "in response to the high-value property crime we've experienced recently", according to reports in The Sun.

The email continues: "The crimes are being committed by sophisticated out-of-the-area theft gangs.”

The Sussexes have not avoided the crime spree, either, with their home being reportedly subject to two different intruder scares in the space of 12 days earlier this year.

Santa Barbara Police records logged officers visiting their mansion on May 19 at 5.44pm after reports of a trespasser.

They then responded to a second intruder report on May 31 at 3.21pm – just hours before Harry and Meghan returned from the UK following their appearance at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Sun reported Craig Bonner, undersheriff for Santa Barbara County, telling an online meeting that the area was having “some problems with professional burglars”.

The unincorporated village of Hope Ranch had a population of 2,200 at the time of the 2000 Census in the US – but some sites claim as many as 15,000 people now live in the neighbourhood.

Some famous residents of the area include rapper Snoop Dogg and the late Fess Parker – who was known for his portrayal of Davy Crockett in Disney's TV miniseries of the same name.


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