Oprah Winfrey lands a tech-happy ski home in Telluride
Oprah Winfrey has dropped $14 million on a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colo. — 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 with 8,700 square feet of living space has some standout 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 like 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 guesthouse and a three-car garage. The home also has such Winfrey requisites as a gym.
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 altered by Wall to increase the temperature setting and the duration of the cycle. A $70,000 limestone bathtub has a system that maintains the water temperature.
The sale took place outside the Multiple Listing Service, although the house previously had been marketed publicly 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.”
Local NBA star looks to pass
NBA All-Star Tyson Chandler, who plays for the Phoenix Suns, and his wife, Kimberly, have put their home in guard-gated Hidden Hills on the market for $9.995 million.
The professional basketball player put his stamp on the single-level Traditional-style house during his ownership, redoing the interiors while adding a detached man cave/theater room, a detached gym with a steam shower and horse facilities to the 1.34-acre property.
Beyond the vaulted entry, the home opens to a chandelier-topped living room with a fireplace and an adjacent formal dining room with an artistic domed ceiling. Patterned wall treatments, wainscoting, herringbone wood floors and neutral color tones lend a sophisticated look to the 12,000 square feet of space.
Other areas include a country-style chef’s kitchen with a wide center island, a den and a lavish master suite with coved ceilings and rows of picture windows. A total of six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms includes a guest suite complete with a kitchen and private living room.
French and bi-folding glass doors open to a covered lounge area and a swimming pool with a raised spa. Formal landscaping and large expanses of grass complete the setting.
Chandler, who owns other property in Southern California, bought the house five years ago for $5.45 million.
Jordan Cohen of RE/MAX Olson & Associates is the listing agent.
A two-time California Mr. Basketball at Dominguez High, Chandler was drafted out of high school by the Clippers in 2001 and immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls. The 33-year-old has played 15 seasons for the Bulls, Mavericks and Knicks, among other teams, winning an NBA title with Dallas in 2011 and Defensive Player of the Year honors with New York the following year.
He signed a four-year, $52-million contract with the Suns in the last off-season.
Studio-ready home sold to Sia
Australian singer-songwriter Sia has added to her real estate portfolio with the purchase of a Toluca Lake compound for $5.15 million.
There’s live-work potential here with both a main house and a 4,500-square-foot guesthouse that had been in use as a recording studio. The seller was a trust for engineer Henry W. Sanicola Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, who once owned O'Henry Sound Studios in Burbank.
The 1.3-acre gated property has a Traditional-style main house and a large motor court.
A living room, a library/study, an immense family room off the kitchen, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room are within the 9,500 square feet of living space.
French doors open to a flagstone-surrounded swimming pool, an outdoor fireplace and mature landscaping.
Sia, 39, last year released the album “1000 Forms of Fear,” which included the hit “Big Girls Cry.” She is working on her next album.
Earlier this year she bought a Mediterranean Revival villa in Los Feliz for $4.7 million and four months later listed the distinctive A.F. Leicht-designed house for $4.995 million.
Musician’s home a hit with TV exec
Singer-songwriter Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame has sold his Toluca Lake home to “House of Cards” executive producer Dana Brunetti for $3.85 million.
The Spanish-style house, built in 1929, was once home to Toluca Lake’s original architect, Park French. His movie star clients included Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge.
Original stained-glass windows, wrought-iron railings and wood floors are among the period details. Living, family and dining rooms, a breakfast room, a library, a soundproof media room, a steam room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms are within the 5,426 square feet of living space.
The quarter-of-an-acre property includes a boat mooring and private access to the lake.
A swimming pool, organic gardens, a heated dining terrace and a covered exercise deck complete the grounds.
Stewart, who is also a guitarist and producer, has worked with such artists as Bono, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger. His latest album, “Lucky Numbers,” was released two years ago.
Brunetti, president of Trigger Street Productions, has produced such films as “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015), “Captain Phillips” (2013) and “The Social Network” (2010).
The house previously changed hands a decade ago for $3.815 million.
Tina Stern of Sotheby’s International Realty was the listing agent. She also is listing Stewart’s penthouse office and studio in Hollywood.
Mom’s house was nearby
A Beverly Hills home that actress Mary Pickford bought for her mother is pocket-listed at $6.5 million.
The Spanish-style villa, constructed in 1929 and designed by Paul Williams, is set on more than a third of an acre on a quiet cul-de-sac. The grounds include Mediterranean-inspired gardens, a detached office/guest house with a fireplace and a swimming pool.
The living room features its original coffered ceiling details. A formal dining room, a den with a fireplace, a library, a breakfast room, four bedrooms and seven bathrooms are also within the 4,807 square feet of living space.
The Oscar-winning Pickford, who died in 1979 at 87, gained fame in the 1910s in such silent films as “The Poor Little Rich Girl,” “Stella Maris” and “Daddy Long Legs.” She was a co-founder of United Artists and helped found the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
At the time the villa was built, Pickford was married to swashbuckling leading man Douglas Fairbanks. They lived in a nearby Wallace Neff-designed mansion dubbed Pickfair and set on 18 acres.
Lisa Arden of John Aaroe Group is marketing the property.