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Oprah Winfrey’s Homes: A Look Inside Her Extensive Real Estate Portfolio



Oprah Winfrey’s Homes: A Look Inside Her Extensive Real Estate Portfolio


Joyce Chen

Oprah Winfrey’s reach truly knows no bounds. As of 2021, the mogul has amassed a net worth of $2.5 billion, according to Forbes, and has built an empire of philanthropy and media production and distribution. Given her many commitments, it makes sense that Winfrey has made homes for herself in numerous cities throughout the United States. Though Montecito, California, has been her main base for more than 20 years, Winfrey has also owned homes in Illinois, Florida, Hawaii, Colorado, and Washington state. She’s also owned, or currently owns, properties in Tennessee and Indiana, though she primarily purchased those residences for family and friends. Here, we’ve rounded up a handful of Winfrey’s real estate holdings, which are an impressive sampling of her eclectic tastes and representation of her various life chapters.


One of Oprah Winfrey’s first big real estate ventures was her purchase of a condo in Chicago’s prominent Water Tower Place, located along the city’s Magnificent Mile. The original purchase price was never publicly revealed, but in subsequent years, she snapped up three other units all surrounding the original one, for $1.0625 million, $1.5 million, and $1 million, respectively, according to the Chicago Tribune. Combined, the four units measured 9,625 square feet and featured four bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms. Winfrey ultimately listed the enormous duplex for $7.75 million in January 2014, and finally sold it for $4.625 million in late 2015.

Around the same time she was purchasing the last of the four adjacent condos in Water Tower Place, Winfrey also dropped $100,000 on a three-bedroom apartment at the Four Seasons Chicago. The renowned luxury hotel is situated just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and not too far from the Near West Side, where Harpo Studios, Winfrey’s multimedia production company, was located at the time. Winfrey ultimately sold this property for $1.275 million in 2015, the same year she closed the studios for good and relocated to the West Coast.


This year, Winfrey made a much-buzzed-about purchase on exclusive Fisher Island, a 216-acre man-made island situated just off the coast of Miami. She paid an undisclosed amount for a four-bedroom, six-bathroom penthouse condo, which measured 6,170 square feet and boasted 20-foot ceilings, and an expansive oceanfront terrace. The unit was located in the high-end Villa Del Mare condominiums, where amenities included a billiards room, a biking trail, multiple swimming pools, and a spa. The residence itself was airy and light-filled, with a wood-burning oven in the kitchen and a spacious main suite with his-and-hers en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms. Winfrey ended up selling the unit for a then unheard of $6.5 million in 2001 to the former chairman of Campbell’s Soup.

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Winfrey began to set down roots for what is now known as the Promised Land, her sprawling home in Montecito, in 2001. The media mogul paid around $50 million for the original 42-acre spread, which included a​​ 23,000-square-foot
Georgian-style house, a 6,000-square-foot redwood guesthouse, and an outdoor area perfect for a pool, tennis court, and multiple patios. In the decades following, Winfrey continued to snap up nearby properties to expand her holdings in Montecito; she still calls this sprawling mansion her main home base.

That same year, Winfrey also purchased a considerably more modest four-bedroom Colonial-style home in the Elmwood Park suburb just outside Chicago for $298,000. The television personality sank some money into updating the roof and gutter system, the garage door, and the heating and cooling system, but otherwise left the 2,250-square-foot home as is. It ultimately sold for $375,000 in 2018, leaving her with no more Chicago properties.


Winfrey purchased two properties in Maui totaling 163 acres and costing her about $5.3 million. Both comprise several structures, but the one that Winfrey calls home is a gray ranch that she reimagined into an inviting modern farmhouse with the help of her decorator friend Ellie Cullman. What began as a small renovation turned into a full-fledged project, and several of the changes included the addition of French doors, a raised ceiling in the main suite, and a wraparound porch perfect for taking in the views. The kitchen also now features a patterned stencil reminiscent of a quilt. “I love, love, love my house,” Winfrey has said. “It’s a gem, so sweet and exquisite. Such a real, normal house. It feels like a blanket. A lovely and soft cashmere one.”


Winfrey made headlines in 2014 when she purchased nearly 60 acres of land near the Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado for $10.85 million. She had plans to build a megamansion on the property, but ran into a bit of a legal issue when a retired nuclear physicist living in the area sued her for trail access rights. “I don’t care if Oprah is a neighbor, but if she is going to cut off access to trails, I don’t find that acceptable,” the physicist told the Denver Post. The lawsuit was ultimately dropped, and it is unclear whether or not Winfrey went through with constructing her proposed megamansion.

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The following year, the media mogul doubled down on her holdings in Telluride with the purchase of a state-of-the-art $14 million mansion in the mountain town. Winfrey bought the five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom home from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall fully furnished. Set on 3.25 acres, the structure is made of stone, glass, and wood, with a 56-foot-long underground wine cellar (or wine cave, as it was often referred to) that even has sounds of creaking wood and dripping water played through a speaker. Other enviable features include a tempered glass bridge with integrated fiber optic lighting that connects the main suite to a private office and a second 45-foot bridge that extends from the house to a terrace perched in the trees 35 feet above ground.

Two months later, Winfrey began the slow and steady expansion of her Promised Land ranch with the purchase of a longtime equestrian property, Seamair Farm, located a stone’s throw from her original 42-acre Montecito home. Winfrey paid $28.85 million for the 23-acre estate, one of the largest in the area. It includes a main house designed by California architect Cliff May and ample outdoor amenities, including a swimming pool, patio area, a fish pond, fruit orchards, and two private wells. A 44-acre dedicated preserve is perfect for raising an assortment of crops, and a number of equestrian structures round out the estate’s offerings: a training area, multiple stables, and a large circular paddock.


The Pacific Northwest caught Winfrey’s eye in 2018, when she dropped $8 million for two adjoining parcels on Orcas Island, a part of the San Juan archipelago situated between Seattle and Vancouver. The luxury waterfront retreat measured a whopping 43 acres and included a main 7,303-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bathroom house and a separate 2,948-square-foot guesthouse, both of which were built with rare reclaimed woods. The main house boasted a double-height great room with a stone fireplace, a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and a kitchen with a built-in pizza oven. The compound, known as Madroneagle, also included a sauna, Asian garden, and private beach on its grounds. Winfrey ultimately sold the property for $14 million just three years later, reasoning that she just didn’t have time to use the island getaway.

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Oprah purchased this compound, which includes a main house (originally built by local architect James Osborne Craig), a guest house, a carriage house, a pool house, and a gated equestrian facility, from Jeff Bridges.
Oprah purchased this compound, which includes a main house (originally built by local architect James Osborne Craig), a guest house, a carriage house, a pool house, and a gated equestrian facility, from Jeff Bridges.
Winfrey’s latest addition to her real estate portfolio builds on her ever-expanding holdings in Montecito. In late 2019, she purchased a four-acre complex from actor Jeff Bridges for $6.85 million, expanding her ranch to a jaw-dropping 70 contiguous acres. Bridges and his wife, Susan Geston, had restored the Spanish Revival–style compound following the devastating 2017 mudslides, creating a new aesthetic that combined the original 1919 detailing with more modern furnishings.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest


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Police Fine British Prime Minister For Not Wearing Seatbelt In Car



Police Fine British Prime Minister For Not Wearing Seat Belt In Car

The British Police have fined Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for not wearing a seatbelt in the back of a moving car while on a trip to northern England.

Sunak, who recorded an Instagram video on Thursday, was seen turning in his seat to talk to the camera without a seatbelt on, a video that has now been deleted from the social media site.

The PM’s office at Downing Street said the incident was a “brief error of judgment”, but Lancashire constabulary announced they were fining Sunak for the infraction, The Guardian UK says.

The force said: “You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seatbelt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.

“After looking into this matter, we have today issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of fixed penalty.”

Reacting, a spokesperson for Sunak said: “The prime minister fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologised. He will of course comply with the fixed penalty.”

A fixed penalty means Sunak can pay a fine to avoid a court hearing.

The police did not disclose how much they had fined the prime minister, but according to the government’s safety campaign, any driver or passenger not wearing a seatbelt is breaking the law and is liable to be fined up to £500 if the case goes to court, according to The Guardian UK.

Sunak’s transportation habits were already a talking point in the United Kingdom before the incident, a report by AFP says.

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His political rivals have taken aim at his use of a private jet to make multiple short flights in recent days.

This is not the first time Sunak has been slapped with a police fine.

He was fined while serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer for attending a Downing Street party in June 2020 that violated the government’s rules on social distancing, according to an AFP report.

The latest fine makes Sunak the second Conservative prime minister to receive a police fine in less than 12 months. The Metropolitan police, in 2020, issued a fixed-penalty notice to Boris Johnson for attending a party during lockdown. Sunak was fined for attending the same event as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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World’s Oldest Nun Dies At 118



World's Oldest Nun Does At 118

French nun Sister André who was the world’s oldest known person died at age 118 in the southern French city of Toulon, the city’s mayor Hubert Falco said on Wednesday.

Born in the southern French town of Ales on Feb. 11, 1904, as Lucile Randon, Sister André was listed as the oldest person alive by the Gerontology Research Group in April 2022.

The Frenchwoman worked as a home teacher in her youth and did not enter a religious community until she was in her early 40s.
Most recently, Sister André was confined to a wheelchair, and for several years she could no longer see properly.

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She was an honorary citizen of Toulon, where she lived in a retirement home for several years.
Falco praised her as incredibly modern and a nun with a big heart.

Guinness World Records said Lucile, who took the name of Sister André in 1944, was the second-oldest French person and the second-oldest European person ever recorded.
More recently, Sister André received the record for the oldest COVID-19 survivor after an infection in 2021.

“It’s difficult to fathom that someone born before the patenting of plastic, zips or even bras were alive well into the 21st century, and robust enough to beat COVID-19’’, the Guinness World Records editor, Craig Glenday said in a statement.

“It’s been an honour to record her story in the pages of the Guinness World Records book, and she will live on in history as the fourth oldest person ever authenticated.’’

With her death, Maria Branyas Morera, who lived in Spain, assumed the title of the world’s oldest person at age 115.


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Eight Shot At Crowded Martin Luther King Day Block Party



Eight Shot At Crowded Martin Luther King Day Block Party

Eight people were shot at a block party packed with more than 1,000 people celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Fort Pierce, Florida, Monday, police said.

All eight of those shot were adults and they were ferried to the hospital for treatment, including one person in critical condition, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brian Hester said during a news conference.

Six people, including a baby, were killed in a ‘massacre’ that is likely gang-related, California sheriff’s office says.

At least four others were injured as people ran for safety, the sheriff’s office said. One of those injured was a juvenile who was hurt as people rushed to flee the park where the event was being held, Hester said.

“As the shots rang out, people were just running in all directions,” Hester said. “There were people laying behind cars, laying behind anything they could lay behind. It was kind of hard to tell who was a victim and who was just hiding at that point.”

The shooting began at around 5:20 p.m. in Ilous Ellis Park, he said, where the community had gathered for an afternoon car show, dance performances, live DJ and kids activities to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an event flyer shows.

In a video taken by a witness, attendees are seen dancing by their cars and enjoying the music when what sounds like gunfire begins to resonate over the song. People in the crowd start to rush away from the noise, some ducking behind cars or grabbing children’s hands and running across the street.

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The incident marks the 30th mass shooting in the country this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

So far this year, the US is averaging about two mass shootings per day.

Two sheriff’s deputies who were stationed in the park ran toward the scene and provided aid to those injured, Hester said. Several witnesses also helped to render aid and drive people to the hospital, he added.

The sheriff’s office has not named any suspects in the shooting, but investigators were following up on several leads from witnesses and community members Monday night.

Investigators preliminarily believe the gunfire involved multiple shooters and resulted from “a disagreement of some sort between two parties,” Hester said.

“So many innocent people that were injured or hurt were not part of the disagreement,” he added.

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“It’s really unfortunate and it’s sad that during a celebration of someone who represented peace and equality, a disagreement results in a use of guns and violence,” Hester said.

He estimated as many as 40 sheriff’s office personnel were working the case Monday night as they processed the scene, spoke to victims at the hospital and followed up on leads.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact authorities or submit anonymous tips through CrimeStoppers. The sheriff’s department is handling the case because the Ilous Ellis Park is a St. Lucie County park.

Fort Pierce is a coastal city about an hour’s drive north of West Palm Beach.



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