Big news from Colorado ski country: According to the Wall Street Journal, media juggernaut Oprah Winfrey just spent nearly $14 million on Telluride's most over-the-top house. Originally listed for $15 million in 2009, Curbed Ski reported on the 5-bedroom, 6.5-bath manse back in 2014 when it was asking $13.75 million. Although the 8,706-square-foot house wasn't on the market when it sold last week, Oprah was on the hunt for a place to stay while she builds a new house on the 60 acres of land she purchased in Telluride's Mountain Village in 2014. So just what kind of abode will Ms. Winfrey be chillin' in while she oversees construction? Brace, Curbediverse, because someone decided to put all the things into one house, and this is it.
We're not quite sure which bonkers feature convinced Oprah to buy this Telluride property. Perhaps it was the Disneyfied wine cellar made to look like a historic mining tunnel. The 56 foot-long wine tunnel holds 1,600 bottles and comes with water mists and sound effects (yes, seriously) to make you feel like you're in a real-live mine (just don't forget your canary and headlamp). There's also a steel ore cart on the rails, upcycled wood from an old Utah railroad trestle, and faux stone walls.
Or maybe Oprah chose the property because of the a private steel funicular made to "simulate an old mining car." This totally unnecessary amenity carries 4 people and their ski gear from the house to the Sundance ski run, because nothing says billionaire quite like getting a free ride to physical activity.
Excess continues with not 4, not 5, but 6 decks including a 35-foot high stainless steel platform tree deck complete with private fire pit and views of the San Sophia Range. The house has a treetop fire pit. Jealous yet?
Inside the home, there's room for all of Oprah's favorite things, with a a chef's kitchen, sauna, spa-like bathrooms (just check out that shower!), exercise room, and a game room with a wet bar and a pool table. The hot tub room has retractable windows and there's even a custom "etched and fiber-optic lighted glass bridge" over the living room that connects the master suite with the rest of the house. Because a plain cantilevered bridge just wouldn't do.
If this is the Oprah standard in Telluride, what will her new house look like?
Original listing photos were from 184 Butch Cassidy Drive [TD Smith]
and 184 Butch Cassidy Drive. They have since been removed.
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