Monday, December 31, 2012

Your Mama Hears...

...from a snitchy real estate canary in Beverly Hills—let's call her Mercedes Benz—that billionaire multi-media mogul Oprah Winfrey recently and very quietly shelled out somewhere in the neighborhood of $14,000,000 for a spacious Platinum Triangle pied-à-terre condo atop the swanky five star Montage Beverly Hills hotel and residences. 

Fourteen million may sound to some like a lot of dinero for a condo in downtown Beverly Hills—and it is—but the skeptics amongst us might keep in mind that philanthropic oil heiress Ariadne Getty also recently coughed up just over $14,000,000 for a 5,781 square foot seventh floor sprawler with, according to listing information we dug up on the interweb, four bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, four deeded parking spaces, several private terraces, panoramic over-the-rooftop city views and monthly home owner's association dues of $5,549.

The resident owners of the 20 sumptuous condos perched on the top few floors of the Spanish Colonial Revival/Mediterranean style hotel have a private entrance separate from the hotel lobby so they don't have to mix it up with the hotel's well-heeled hoi polloi. Residents also have 24-7 access to all the services and amenities of the posh and pet friendly hotel including concierge services, state-of-the-art security, valet parking, fitness and spa facilities, a roof top pool and terrace and—natch—laundry and shoe shine services. The hotel's extensive website elaborates that the pampered condo owners also have available additional white glove services and amenities such as "baggage storage and shipping, packing and unpacking, couture wardrobe maintenance and alterations, grocery and wine deliveries, private cooking classes and nutritional menu planning, private dining or at-home entertaining, pet care, car storage and maintenance, and home maintenance, repairs and installations."

Listen, kitten-kaboodles, as of today Your Mama finds zero evidence in any of the various property record data bases we regularly consult of said condo acquisition in Bev Hills by Miz Winfrey and none of our usual trusted informants have been able to second this motion. That means this is all—for now—just some juicy celebrity real estate rumor and gossip, okay? 

What isn't rumor or gossip is that spendy Miz Winfrey maintains prodigious property portfolio of private residences that include a four-unit duplex penthouse atop the mixed-use Water Tower Place complex on Chicago's Miracle Mile; a 42-acre spread in Montecito (CA) for which she paid $42,000,000 and humbly dubbed 'The Promised Land'; and an ever-expanding ranch on Maui that, as of June 2012, encompassed 30-plus parcels that total almost 800 acres and all combined cost, by Your Mama's rudimentary calculations, at least $44,000,000 and perhaps as much as $60,000,000.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope she didn't buy this place just for her dead dog again.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Miz O!

WrteStufLA said...

For a little floor plan porn, here's a direct link to the largest, most expensive unit currently available:

http://www.montagebeverlyhills.com/pdf/Residence-7G-one-page.pdf

Anonymous said...

If you'll double check yourself, you'll discover that her island ranch is on Mau`i, not the Big Island (Hawai`i).

Your Mama said...

You right, child. It's Maui. Let's just say we had a little to much to drink last night.

Anonymous said...

A click on Mama's link indicates that the Montage Beverly Hills Hotel offers an intimate collection of residences. The Rabbi and her Trenton flock wish Mama and Dr. Cooter, the Kinderlach, and all of Creation an intimately happy New Year, along with good health, prosperity, and humor shared with loved ones, abundant celebrity real estate stalking, joy, and peace.

Very sincerely,
Rabbi Hedda LaCasa,
Verandah and Patti,
Studly and Rodney
Trenton NJ

Anonymous said...

Mama,

If indeed Ms. Mercedes Benz is right about this, then I think Mamma has ESP. If I recall correctly, Mamma predicted that Ms. O would scoop herself up a grand condo in the sky a few months back.

Happy New Year, Mamma! Thanks for bringing so many smiles to my grouchy face during the year.

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Anonymous said...

I do hope the building is earthquake proof. After all it's LA, you know. The big one has still to arrive.

Anonymous said...

I can't see Miss Winfrey buying a condo in Beverly Hills. I know back in the day she bought that condo/apartment in Chicago that she still owns and I think she recently bought another condo or apartment in the Chicago area that she recently flipped back on the market. But for the most part lately her tastes have gotten more grand and she usually buys large multi acre esetates and there are just so many large grand estates in the platinum triangle area. And with Oprah spending so much time in the Los Angeles area working on her shows and network it seems like she'd want an estate that is at least somewhat comparable to her Montecito home. Something with park-like grounds, tennis courts, and gardens. I would think she'd make an offer on something not even available for sale and then fix it up to her liking and then at the most maybe live in the condo while she's waiting on the renovations to be completed.

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Anonymous said...

She owns a choppy duplex in an old high rise with low ceilings and no outdoor space. She bought a nearby co-op and recently unloaded it for half of what she paid.

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WrteStufLA said...

After a little additional sleuthing, based on the Curbed posting on this subject and perusing the pics included on Curbed's attached Redfin link, then cross-referencing with the full-floor "master" plans included on the Montage site's individual unit floor plans -- whew! -- I'm pretty sure I've narrowed it down to the specific plan for Ms. Winfrey's new home in 90210. Nice plan, indeed, but one wee downside -- the huge terrace off the master bedroom on the 7th floor is directly overlooked by the 8th floor apartment above. So obviously no al fresco funny business with Stedman. (And now all the paparazzi go *sigh!*)

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