Richest African American. Oprah Winfrey is an American television TV host and best known for her “Oprah Winfrey Show”. She is also a television producer, actress, philanthropist and author. On January 29, 1954, Oprah Gail Winfrey was born to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey on a remote farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. The Oprah Winfrey Show, which originated in Chicago and was broadcast nationwide from 1986 until 2011, was the highest-rated television programme of its kind in history. Known as one of the most influential people in her country and a multi-millionaire, she holds an extensive real estate portfolio with properties in Montecito, Chicago, Hawai, Florida, New Jersey, Colorado and Washington state. 

Montecito, California

The main residence of Oprah is in Montecito, California. Promised Land is the name of the estate. The magnificent Promised Land estate, now valued at over $100 million, spans 70 acres. Oprah’s 23,000 square-foot estate, a majestic neo-Georgian mansion, lies in its centre. The magnificently planted grounds also feature rose gardens, terraces, and fountains. The mansion is a big guesthouse with a private pool, a wine cellar, tennis courts, a gourmet kitchen, 14 baths, 10 fireplaces, and two home theatres. Along with numerous gardens, the property also has fruit and avocado groves.

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Madroneagle Estate

Designed by Dickinson McDowell and her late husband, Madroneagle Estate, a 41-acre estate situated on Orcas Island, is a part of Washington state’s northwest. It is an estate with 7,303 square feet and is designed using local sandstone and reclaimed wood making it a sustainable house. The eco-mansion features four bedrooms, and five bathrooms, and overlooks its very own beach. It is tucked away in a tranquil Asian-style garden. The open-concept living space in the house is exquisite. The room’s lofty ceilings, exposed stone walls, and massive fireplace leave a lasting impression. It has a light-filled kitchen with skylights on the ceiling. A home office where Oprah may work while away from the studio is one of the many entertaining elements of the house, along with space for wine storage and tasting. Even the guest house, a four-bedroom retreat, has its own name: the Gallery House.

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Telluride Home

Winfrey bought this 8,700 square foot, incredibly scenic home in Telluride, Colorado, in 2014. The 8,700-square-foot house’s living room is the most stunning area. It impresses with a massive stone fireplace, spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows, and a double-height ceiling with wood panelling. The home has been outfitted with cutting-edge Smart technology that manages everything from security to lighting and heating. It also has a family room with a library, a billiards table, and a movie projection screen that drops from the ceiling and vanishes when not in use, which is a necessity for its book-lover owner. The open-plan kitchen is airy and features stainless steel worktops with fine oak cabinets. Although the area has exposed steel beams that give it a hip industrial appearance, the warm wood cabinets and rustic stone walls keep it from being dull. An eight-person dining space is accessible from the kitchen.

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Maui Home

Spanning 163 acres, the Maui estate is a vacation home in Kula, Hawaii. The stunning farmhouse with its wraparound veranda, which, like the terrace on the upper level, is the best place to spend away balmy afternoons, has to be the focal point of Oprah’s peaceful Hawaiian hideaway. The high ceiling of her bedroom makes the room feel open and airy, and Ellie -her interior designer painted a flower motif between the beams to maintain the folk-art aesthetic. “She liked [the home’s] small scale, she already has a large home in Santa Barbara—this seems to go back to something real and personal. It’s a great house for her and two or three friends.”- Ellie.

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Seamair Farm Estate:

Located right in the heart of Montecito, Seamair estate is spread over 23 acres and designed by Architect Cliff May following a ranch house style. The mid-century masterpiece boasts four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar, and a total of four fireplaces inside of an open-concept design with wood siding. Encircled by a gorgeous tropical garden is a secluded swimming pool. Additionally, there are three charming homes on the site, which are used to lodge workers or visitors. The equestrian facilities on the estate are of the highest quality and have been kept in immaculate condition. There are well-kept grounds and an octagonal gazebo in the middle. A lovely koi pond with water-loving reeds adds up to the beautiful landscaping of the property.

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Oprah’s Spanish Revival estate

Located in Montecito and designed by Californian architect James Osbourne Graig, The Spanish revival estate has a living area that has a basic, elegant, yet cosy vibe owing to its whitewashed walls, and wooden vaulted ceiling, huge lattice windows, and substantially sized fireplace. The kitchen maintains the same simple yet rustic design. Oprah loves the handcrafted wood cabinetry, the marble-topped centre island, as well as the wooden ceiling with many skylights. The kitchen is plain and minimalist but still manages to be a cosy and welcoming area. The master suite maintains the elegant concept. With exposed beams, bay windows, and French doors leading to the tranquil rear, the space is charming.

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  4. Velvet Ropes Real Estate. 2022. Oprah Winfrey House: Photos of Her Many Mansions. [online] Available at: <https://www.velvetropes.com/backstage/oprah-winfrey-house> [Accessed 18 July 2022].
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