Oprah Winfrey spends $14 million on Telluride home with a wine mine and high-tech gadgetry

Lauren Beale
Hot Property

Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride — well within construction supervision range of the 60-plus acres she bought last year for $11 million.

The media mogul’s new place was purchased from tech entrepreneur Bob Wall, who served as chief executive for such companies as Theatrix Interactive and Clarity Wireless. The noted African art collector sold the contemporary home furnished.

Set on about 3.25 acres on the slope side of Mountain Village, the five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home has some stand-out features.

The 56-foot-long, 1,600-bottle wine cellar looks like a mining tunnel, complete with piped-in sounds of creaking wood and dripping water and an antique ore cart.

The great room has a glass fiber-optic bridge suspended above it that connects the master bedroom to an office.

An observation deck 35 feet above ground includes a fire pit. Reached by a walkway that Wall set up to sway in the treetops, the deck cost $140,000 to build.

A funicular that looks an old mining tram leads to the ski slopes. The cost to install the one-minute ride was $240,000.

There's a tower room, a theater, a seven-person hot tub and two wood-burning fireplaces as well as a guest house and a three-car garage.

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High-tech remote-controlled gadgetry runs most of the systems of the custom house, built in 2001. But we're not just talking window shades here. 

A radiant heat system keeps the driveway snow-free. Driveway sensors alert the homeowner when a car pulls up.

A Finnish-made sauna was hacked by Wall to increase the temperature setting and the duration of the cycle.

A $70,000 limestone bathtub has a system that maintains the temperature of water.

The 8,700 square feet of living space also has such Winfrey requisites as a home gym.

The sale took place outside the Multiple Listing Service, although the house previously had been marketed publically and featured on Today.com.

Winfrey, 61, owns real estate in locations including Montecito, Calif., Chicago, Hawaii and Tennessee. The billionaire gained fame hosting her own talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She is executive producer of the 2016 series “Greenleaf.”

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