Slowly but surely, Oprah Winfrey is releasing her hold on high-end Chicago real estate. The TV talk show host turned media maven has listed her last Chicago condo in Water Tower Place for $7.75 million. According to the Chicago Tribune, Winfrey first bought a 57th-floor condo in 1985 for an undisclosed amount. Seven years later, the Tribune reported, she bought the unit directly below it for $1.0625 million.
In 1993, Winfrey expanded her home in the building, dropping $1.5 million for another 56th-floor condo, and in 1994, she finished her Water Tower purchases, buying another unit on the 56th floor for about $1 million. (Her condo is in the skyscraper at right in the above photo.) The listing shows that the units combine to create a 9,625-square-foot residence with 4 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 half baths. Winfrey's master suite occupies an entire floor, with "beautiful finishes and fabrics." The duplex has two kitchens, multiple living spaces and "storage galore."
Harpo Productions, Winfrey's multimedia company, is still located in Chicago, but Winfrey's home base is no longer in the Windy City. She apparently chooses to split her time between her homes in Montecito, Calif., Hawaii and Tennessee.