SELLER: Oprah Winfrey
LOCATION: E. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
SIZE: 4,607 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.2 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Marshall's 1913 Beaux-arts style jewel! This 4,607 square foot home has amazing views from the library, living room, and master. Ten rooms feature ten foot ceilings; formal spaces include an inner foyer, grand reception, living room, library, dining room, solarium, butler's pantry, wine room, gourmet custom kitchen, laundry room, office/3rd bed, en-suite guest bed and master suite.
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Way back in December of 2006, not long after Your Mama started our little online endeavor, we discussed a 10-room Chicago condo that was widely rumored and reported to have been purchased by mega media mogul Oprah Winfrey for $5,600,000.
Well children, thanks to a Shaneeta in Chicago we've learned that the very same above mentioned apartment has been listed for sale with an asking price of $6,000,000 which means, of course, that the first lady of talk show television is flipping out in Chicago. Now listen children, like when we first discussed this property, we can not be 100% positive this place is owned by La Oprah. However, between you and us, well, we'd bet our long bodied bitches Linda and Beverly it is.
Listing information for the 6th floor apartment in a swanky Beaux-arts building on posh E. Lake Shore Drive in the Streeterville neighborhood reveals it measures in at 4,607 square feet and includes three bedrooms and 3.2 bathrooms. We're not quite sure what exactly a .2 bathroom is, but we'll just move on from that real estate mind bender.
In addition to a large inner foyer and large reception room for receiving hoity toity guests and paying the pizza man, the sprawling unit includes a living room, dining room, wood paneled library with a green marble surrounded fireplace, a decked out galley kitchen, solarium, a butler's pantry, a 462 bottle wine room for all the wine loving rich folks and a large laundry room. (Do you think The Big O does her own laundry or does she have a full time gurl for that?). One of the three bedrooms has been or can be used as an office, according to listing information.
Additional features of the pet friendly buildinginclude a 24/7 doorman, a work out room (can you see Miss Oprah sweating with the other rich residents of this building?), private storage space, and heated garaging for 2 automobiles, a feature that anyone who has ever been to Chicago in February can appreciate. And while it does not say so, you can bet if Oprah even considered living here the security is scary good.
The dee-luxe building, built in 1913, requires monthly association fees of $9,213 and the taxes will run almost another four grand a month. But it should come as no surprise to anyone that an exclusive building like this would have insanely high monthly fees.
Previous residents of the 12-story 13-unit building are said to include dead comedian John Candy and according to property records, other current residents of the building design maven Holly Hunt and jeweler Deborah Friedman who hawks elaborate and expensive jewel encrusted baubles.
Because the photos for this apartment show it totally void of furniture and furnishings, we can't be sure if this is the E. Lake Shore Drive apartment where Miz Winfrey generously (and reportedly) let Oscar winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson hole up in the aftermath of the terrible homicides that recently beset her family.
We can't be troubled to list the details of all the many properties The Big O owns around the country (leave that to Mister Big Time), but suffice to say she's got a $50,000,000+ place in Montecito, CA she calls "Promised Land," ocean front property in Maui, several condos in Atlanta, another in Milwaukee, more in Florida (that she's been selling off), a condo in Nashville and house in nearby Franklin, TN, a house in rural Indiana, and heaven only knows how many houses and condos in and around Chicago. And that's not even counting the places she's bought for her best gurl friend Gail in both Greenwich, CT and New York City.