Check Out Their $90M Mansion!
It's no secret that Oprah Winfrey is a media mogul, but few know that she's also a real estate tycoon. Of all Oprah's possessions in the U.S., she and her partner spend most of their time at their $90 million mansion in Montecito. Let's see what it is about it that they love so much!
1. A Spectacular Location
As one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S., Montecito has unparalleled views: the Santa Yines Mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Many millionaires have long coveted properties in Montecito, but Oprah decided to settle here by accident.
2. A Fine Chance
In 2001, just as Oprah was seriously considering buying a house, an invitation to a private party at a Montecito mansion popped up. The moment she arrived at the mansion, she was completely charmed by it. She knew that house was her dream home and meant to be hers.
3. An Irresistible Offer
The house belonged to the party's host Robert Veloz, an aeronautical equipment manufacturing giant, and he had no intention of selling it at that time. However, Oprah loved the house so much that she made a record-breaking offer of $52 million. No one could say no to such an offer, and of course, Veloz accepted it. Oprah finally moved into her dream house!
4. An Overhaul Plan
Once Oprah moved into the mansion, she decided to change it inside out, making it a symbol of her taste. However, it wasn't easy to completely transform a 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style house into an Oprah Winfrey house, and there were many tasks to be done.
5. Looking For A Name
The first task was to find a good name for her mansion. She wanted to use Tara II from Gone With The Wind, but apparently, it wasn't grand enough for the house. Finally, she took inspiration from the Bible and dubbed her beloved house the "Promised Land," the land God gave Adam in the Old Testament.
6. Expanding Her Property
The next difficult task was to make substantial changes to her dream house. From 14 bedrooms to the rose garden, Oprah spent nearly $30 million on renovations. With the help of designers Andrew Walker and David Simmons, Oprah was finally able to move into a house that was exactly her style.
After the renovation, Oprah was happy to show her house to the world. Now let's start the house tour!
7. Cozy Foyer
The foyer may not be as grand as you'd expect, but it's homey enough. The soft yellow walls and the staircase with smooth lines are in perfect harmony, giving a sense of peace. Oprah keeps her family photos on antique tables, so she feels surrounded by loved ones as soon as she enters the house.
8. A Living Room
If there's one word to describe Oprah's living room, it must be plaid. Plaid walls, plaid couches, and even pillows cases. These rustic pieces of furniture may seem inexpensive, but Oprah indeed spent heavily on them. George Smith Couch and flower-patterned cushions alone cost $3,000 to $4,000.
9. Another Living Room
It is not surprising that there is more than one living room in Oprah's house. Compared to the previous living room, this one is much gentler in design and color scheme. Coral walls, olive-green sofas, antique mirrors make this place more classical and dignified. The painting in between the mirrors echoes the one in the foyer.
10. A Guest Room
Who would've thought that this gorgeous pink room is just a guest room? With floral curtains and chairs, purple plaid ottomans, and matching bouquets, you may be convinced it's a French princess room. The biggest surprise is the 2 windows that connect to the outdoor garden, allowing guests to take a stroll directly from the guest room to the park.
11. The Bathroom
Obsessed with baths since childhood, Oprah spent a lot of time looking for the best tub and finally splurged on a huge circular tub and a spacious shower. By placing the tub right next to the large window, Oprah can enjoy a hot bath while appreciating the view of the Santa Yines mountains.
12. The Kitchen
Every room in Oprah's mansion has a different style, and the kitchen clearly takes us to Italy. Wood-colored walls and ivory cooktop and fireplace bring in some Tuscan elements. Although the stove in the back looks beautiful, Oprah plans to remove it to make the room more spacious.
13. The Dining Area
The dining room, next to the kitchen, is surprisingly small and simply decorated. The table with 2 unique candelabras can accommodate up to 10 people. The reason to have such a small dining area is that Oprah wants her guests to feel at home and feel free to ask for any help.
14. The Reading Room
Oprah built a private library in her Montecito mansion out of her passion for reading. Her books on the built-in bookcase are organized by color, and a doll on the sofa accompanies Oprah as she reads.
15. The Massive Closet
It must be said that Oprah has an enviable closet. Shoes, shirts, and bags are color-coded and neatly arranged in oak cabinets. In the warm light, the closet is like a studio. It might be possible that Oprah spends quite a few hours here since she even keeps a TV set for entertainment.
Now it is time to step into Oprah's garden. Prepare to be amazed!
16. Oprah's Rose Garden
Oprah takes extraordinary care to the layout and planting of her rose garden. She adorns it with lilies, dahlias, and irises, and reinforces its uniqueness with arches, cypress trees, and hedges. Oprah calls the garden her sanctuary because it's where she retreats from the hustle and bustle to find peace.
17. A Hallelujah Lane Sculpture
In keeping with biblical themes, Oprah named one of the main paths in the garden Hallelujah Road and placed a Greek statue at its deepest point. In honor of her grandmother, who raised her, she lines the road with white hydrangeas, just like those in front of her grandma's.
18. A Group Of Four Standing Women
Another eye-catching statue is called A Group of Four Standing Women. Oprah paid $3.1 million for the statue and placed it under eucalyptus, palm, and pine trees. The four women represent different stages of life: adolescence, pregnancy, middle age, and old age.
19. The Tea House
What's connected to the garden is a tea house, which was initially used as a flower-cutting room. Wisteria flowers, complementing the purple roof, wind around stucco columns and hang from the ceiling. An antique fountain stands among the roses. With so much artistic design, Oprah's tea house is easily mistaken for a tourist attraction.
20. Inside The Tea House
Inside the tea room, there are 4 green wicker chairs and a small wooden table. Oprah would not bring the phone to the tea room or host business meetings there, for she only wants to be immersed in nature, reading and meditating.
21. Oak Trees
Oprah must love oak trees, for she has them all over her garden. Twelve oaks in all thrust their branches into the sky. Oprah called them the Twelve Apostles. She often finds peace just sitting under these trees.
After putting so much effort into the renovation, Oprah truly made the Montecito mansion her own home. She finds peace of mind and her most comfortable state by simply being present in the Promised Land!