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Oprah Winfrey Adds Horse Ranch to Property Portfolio

03/16/2016

Oprah Winfrey’s personality is larger than life, and now so is her property portfolio. Winfrey actually owns a number of lavish properties, including a home in Maui, Hawaii. Known for its famous Hamoa Beach, one piece of land stretching 1 1/2 miles, the home is on the market for millions of dollars. In addition to its magnificent views, the home also includes an adjacent 164 acres.

Adding to her Maui property, Winfrey recently purchased a new high-end property along the California coastline. She now owns a 23-acre property in Montecito, purchased for a mere $28.85 million. Included are spectacular mountain views and access to the Pacific Ocean just a mile away.

Seamair Farm

This new California ranch is the second luxury property purchased recently by Winfrey. The second property, in Telluride, Colorado, is a magnificent mountain retreat. However, her new California spread, known as Seamair Farm, is an exceptional purchase. Included in the price is a main house with 4,800 square feet, four fireplaces, several outdoor patios, and a swimming pool. The home includes four bedrooms and has a unique long, low roof designed by famous architect Cliff May.

Oprah’s new home also features a manager’s cottage, horse stables, a trainer’s home, riding arenas, and two private wells. Considering the drought condition in California, having an on-site water supply is a huge bonus.

According to realtors who sell in this part of California, Winfrey’s California home is nestled up against the mountains. With Winfrey’s notoriety and wealth, this is extremely important. However, Montecito as a whole is considered a safe haven for many celebrities who call this area home. For example, Jeff Bridges raised his children in a Montecito home. Other property owners include Drew Barrymore and Rob Lowe, among others.

Interestingly, Winfrey’s new equestrian estate stayed off the market for almost 40 years. Prior to her purchasing the property, it was owned by Mary Dell Olin and John Charles Pritzlaff, Jr. While owners, Mary Dell raised and trained champion hackney ponies. However, she was also responsibility for the renovation of the facilities. After she passed away in 2015 at the age of 85, the property was listed on the market.

The ranch also boasts thriving fruit orchards, which received care under the direction of John Charles. Many people may not be aware that Winfrey is an avid gardener, but it makes perfect sense that the large avocado grove would be a huge attraction to buying the property.

As expected, Winfrey is a smart buyer. After visiting the Seamair Farm, she fell in love and immediately had a vision for the property. To ensure that the property was in good condition, she hired several experts to perform inspections.

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