Talkshow titan Oprah Winfrey has bitten the bullet and finally listed the grand Chicago apartment she's had on the rental market for $15K a month. Again. According to the Chicago Tribune, Winfrey is asking $2.8M, quite a meager sum in comparison to the $5.6M she paid for the place in 2006, and less than half of the $6M she wanted when she listed it for the first time in 2008.
The 4,600-square-foot, 13-room Benjamin Marshall-designed Beaux Arts mansion, built in 1913 and perched on ritzy East Lake Shore Drive, boasts 10-foot ceilings, two foyers (one inner, one grand), a formal dining room, a solaium, a butler's pantry, a wine room, and three bedrooms. The views from the sixth floor are the real scene stealers, however: in summer, one can gaze upon the beach scenes along Lake Michigan. Glamorous, for sure, but keep in mind Winfrey has never actually lived here—hence, the listing photos that don't exactly scream "media mogul." In fact, it's almost pedestrian, so much so that it's nearly identical to the unit directly below, which is on the market for a nearly identical price despite the fact that it's owned by a decidedly non-famous person.
Now, if you're wondering why Winfrey is so nonchalantly unloading this place, it's because she prefers to lay her head in her enormous duplex nearby and, of course, in her $50M compound in Montecito, Calif. But if star power's a requirement in homes of this stature, fret not: the late comedic actor John Candy once lived in the building.
· Oprah puts one of her Chicago condos on the market for $2.8 million [Chicago Tribune via Curbed Chicago]
· 199 E. Lakeshore Dr., Unit 6E, Chicago [Redfin]
· Oprah Winfrey's Swank Chicago Apartment Now For Rent [Curbed National]