Meet Meghan and Harry's new Montecito neighbors

Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new next-door neighbors: the billionaire behind an online university, vineyard owners, finance executives and a Houston businessman who bought the Scarface mansion as a getaway home.

The former royals bought a $14.7 million mansion in a secluded and leafy, gated estate outside Montecito, Southern California in June and joined an affluent town where homeowners include Oprah Winfrey, and Ariana Grande.

DailyMail.com obtained a copy of the deed showing the sale of the mansion. 

The document is dated June 18, but shows the trust the Sussexes set up to buy sprawling nine-bedroom home was created a month earlier on May 15, 2020, showing their plans to purchase go back at least three months. 

But despite the early planning, locals said the Sussexes have yet to be seen venturing out of their 5.4-acre estate, and have not yet met some of their neighbors.

But they are quick to welcome Harry, Meghan and their one-year-old son Archie into their circle, with many telling DailyMail.com how excited they are to have them.   

Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new neighbors: the billionaire behind an online university, vineyard owners, finance executives, and a Houston businessman who bought the Scarface mansion as a winter getaway

Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new neighbors: the billionaire behind an online university, vineyard owners, finance executives, and a Houston businessman who bought the Scarface mansion as a winter getaway

Locals said the Sussexes have yet to be seen venturing out of their new nine-bedroom, sprawling 5.4-acre estate, and have not yet met some of their next door neighbors

Locals said the Sussexes have yet to be seen venturing out of their new nine-bedroom, sprawling 5.4-acre estate, and have not yet met some of their next door neighbors

The former royals bought a $14.7 million mansion (pictured) in a secluded and leafy, gated estate outside Montecito, Southern California in June and joined an affluent town where homeowners include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Ariana Grande

The former royals bought a $14.7 million mansion (pictured) in a secluded and leafy, gated estate outside Montecito, Southern California in June and joined an affluent town where homeowners include Oprah Winfrey, and Ariana Grande 

Locals are quick to welcome Harry, Meghan and their one-year-old son Archie into their circle, with many telling DailyMail.com how excited they are to have them. Gwat Bhattacharjie, a Montecito resident for 43 years and lives just down the road, said: 'I think it is wonderful. It's a great idea for them if they seek anonymity and privacy.' The royal's home sits on a private road (pictured) in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara, home to many celebrities

Locals are quick to welcome Harry, Meghan and their one-year-old son Archie into their circle, with many telling DailyMail.com how excited they are to have them. Gwat Bhattacharjie, a Montecito resident for 43 years and lives just down the road, said: 'I think it is wonderful. It's a great idea for them if they seek anonymity and privacy.' The royal's home sits on a private road (pictured) in an exclusive area of Santa Barbara, home to many celebrities

Gwat Bhattacharjie, a Montecito resident for 43 years wholives just down the road, said: 'I think it is wonderful. It's a great idea for them if they seek anonymity and privacy.'

Another long-time resident Judy Rossiter said: 'I'm happy for them. Montecito is a beautiful place, ideal for raising a family. As for the 'impact' on our community, it's just another high profile family for us and we will be respectful of their privacy.'

Just over the fence of the Sussexes' mansion is the massive estate belobging to billionaire Peter Sperling and his wife Stephanie, impressive even for the affluent neighborhood

Peter, 60, is the former chair of Apollo Education Group, known for its online University of Phoenix. He is worth $1.5 billion and has been ranked as one of the 400 wealthiest Americans according to Forbes. His home was formerly owned by actor Rob Lowe. 

Forbes' list billionaire Peter Sperling (pictured) lives next door to Meghan and Harry

Forbes' list billionaire Peter Sperling (pictured) lives next door to Meghan and Harry 

Meghan may bond over her love of horses with the couple opposite their front gate: financial firm CEO William Borgers, 63, and his wife Kathy, who sponsor local equine therapy charity the Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

The Sussexes were smitten by pet therapy horses during their tour of Morocco last year, where they visited the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports where children with special needs are helped with equine therapy.

When contacted by DailyMail.com, Kathy and Bill declined to comment – as did many other immediate neighbors in the secluded estate.

Other next-door neighbors include Igor and Cindy Sill, who run a vineyard in Napa, northern California.

A property fire in 2017 devastated their 24-acre vineyard. But the couple, who also own a home in St Helena, have been determinedly rebuilding – so may not have much time to visit their new neighbors down in Montecito.

A former resident of the community, who recently sold his home there, told DailyMail.com that Harry and Meghan would likely get the privacy they were looking for on the leafy, quiet streets in the gated estate.

'Santa Barbarans mostly keep to themselves,' the neighbor, who asked not to be named, said.

FORBES' LIST BILLIONAIRE: Just over the fence of the Sussexes' mansion is billionaire Peter Sperling and his wife Stephanie. Peter, 60, is the former chair of Apollo Education Group, known for its online University of Phoenix. Pictured above is the couple's sprawling mansion

FORBES' LIST BILLIONAIRE: Just over the fence of the Sussexes' mansion is billionaire Peter Sperling and his wife Stephanie. Peter, 60, is the former chair of Apollo Education Group, known for its online University of Phoenix. Pictured above is the couple's sprawling mansion 

Sperling is worth $1.5 billion and has been ranked as one of the 400 wealthiest Americans according to Forbes. His home (pictured) was formerly owned by actor Rob Lowe and listed for $22.5 million

Sperling is worth $1.5 billion and has been ranked as one of the 400 wealthiest Americans according to Forbes. His home (pictured) was formerly owned by actor Rob Lowe and listed for $22.5 million 

Pictured: Scarface mansion owner Pradeep Gupta with his wife Linda Haynes Gupta

Pictured: Scarface mansion owner Pradeep Gupta with his wife Linda Haynes Gupta

SCARFACE MANSION: The Sussexes' house backs on to 'El Fureidis', the mansion used in the movie Scarface (pictured from above). It is now owned by Houston businessman Pradeep Gupta, CEO of private investment bank IQ Holdings

SCARFACE MANSION: The Sussexes' house backs on to 'El Fureidis', the mansion used in the movie Scarface (pictured from above). It is now owned by Houston businessman Pradeep Gupta, CEO of private investment bank IQ Holdings

Gupta, the owner of the Scarface mansion (pictured), said in an interview in 2015 he was drawn to the sprawling estate because of its history and architecture, saying he was planning to treat the home as his LA residence

Gupta, the owner of the Scarface mansion (pictured), said in an interview in 2015 he was drawn to the sprawling estate because of its history and architecture, saying he was planning to treat the home as his LA residence

The man, who said he had previously considered buying the $14.7 million mansion snapped up by the former royals in June, described the Riven Rock Homeowners Association as 'an odd mix of some very elderly people and young ones.'

The neighbor added there is no shortage of high-end dining in Montecito for the Sussexes if they want to venture out of their new palatial home, including the luxury San Ysidro ranch, the Miramar and Biltmore hotels, and his personal favorite, Italian restaurant Tre Lune.

The undulating public roads near the mansion are a favorite among lycra-clad cyclists and hikers – though they steer clear of the private gated community that shrouds the Sussexes' new home, where almost every mansion has high walls, fences or hedges.

The former royal couple enjoyed walking in the parks near their previous temporary residence on Vancouver Island, Canada, and their new home is just a few minutes walk away from a canyon trail frequented by walkers lapping up the California sunshine, albeit with COVID-19 face masks.

One of Harry and Meghan's celebrity neighbors is among several homeowners who put their houses up for sale this year.

Growing Pains actress Joanna Kerns and her ex-husband, architect Marc Appleton were neighbors in the gated community with the Sussexes for a couple of weeks, but sold their $8.4 million Italian-inspired home last month.

Kerns told DailyMail.com there had been a flurry of home sales in the past few months in the secluded private estate, most using realtor Berkshire Hathaway. 

Scott Adelson, president of LA investment bank Houlihan Lokey, bought his home using a company called SCAshley LLC. 

The residents of the Riven Rock estate lost a very

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