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Oprah’s House From Above – An Aerial Diary Of Her Montecito Estate

November 11, 2013 by Billionaire Addresses

Hello Everyone. On November 2, 2013 Oprah Winfrey auctioned off many of the furnishings from her Montecito-Santa Barbara, California home plus other furnishings she had shipped in from her other homes. She said as she got older her tastes evolved so she decided, “out with the old and in with the new”. She went on to say that “the gilded mirrors, marble urns, the lavish carbets and sherbet palette – it was all very grand, but it wasn’t very true to myself,” concluding, “the thing that had been missing from all the beautiful places I’d ever lived in, was me!” Proceeds from the sale, called the Oprah Winfrey Collection Auction, was held at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club and saw more than a thousand attendees both in person and online. The sale, which netted a total of $559,200 (excluding the buyer’s premium) will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation College Fund.
Oprah’s house in Montecito has been talked a lot about since she purchased the property in 2001, which she admits was a “compulsive purchase”. Oprah’s estate is a 42 acre property overlooking the ocean from high up in the mountain foot hills of Santa Barbara County, California. The 23,000 sq. ft. mansion and estate is valued by Zillow.com at $87,987,066.00 with $904,239.00 paid in taxes for 2012. Oprah’s house in Montecito was built in 1959 and has undergone extensive renovations since she purchased it. According to public records, the fully renovated estate has 6 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, 10 fireplaces, a modern high tech gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art theatre, wine cellar, a barn, orchards, two ponds, an outdoor theater, tennis court, a 4,500 sq. ft. guest house with pool, an outdoor entertainment area, and even a manmade lake stocked with fish. Public records also show a 2,000 sq, ft., 2 bedroom, 2 bath stone guard-gatehouse at the entrance to the property that sits on 2 acres and is valued at over $5 million alone.
Here’s a little history on the property. – Oprah bought the property, which has both ocean and mountain views, from Southern California industrialist Robert Veloz and his wife, Marlene. They had been living in the property’s 2,000 square foot stone gatehouse since it was rebuilt in 2000. The Velozes had purchased the property for $14 million in 1998, a few months after the death of former owner Eloise Bacon at age 100. Bacon and her late husband, John B.F. Bacon, had owned the property since 1935. John Bacon, who died in 1964, was the grandson of John Baptiste Ford, founder of the glass company Libby-Owens Ford.
The Bacons had built an 8,000 square foot, ranch house on the site in 1957 (which has now been turned into the 23,000 square foot main house). A 6,000-square-foot redwood house, later used for guests, was built in 1912 (Now also renovated by Winfrey to serve as her guest house).
The Velozes undertook a major renovation of the houses and grounds with the help of Corinna Gordon Interior Design of Montecito and Los Angeles. The designer spent nearly three years on the project, doing a lot of the architectural detailing and other work. The Velozes, supporters of such organizations as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Symphony and Santa Barbara Zoo, had planned to hold fund-raisers on the estate. The Velozes’ plans changed when Oprah Winfrey came to town in April 2001 from Chicago to shoot photos for her magazine, O. She fell in love with Santa Barbara and made the Velozes an offer they couldn’t refuse, $50 million.
The refurbishing wasn’t complete, but Winfrey wanted the property anyway. $50 million changed the Velozes minds, as they were beginning to think that they didn’t need such a big home despite the fun they were having fixing it up.
They had rebuilt the gatehouse, changing its layout and turning the outside from clapboard to stone. They had also already restored the redwood guest house, reconstructing the damaged foundation and redoing the interiors. But they were still working on the main house on the site, the home the Bacons had completed in 1957. Once bought by Winfrey, their plans were put on hold as she redesigned the home to suit her needs. The renovations were finally completed in 2002 and other, smaller renovations have been on-going ever since.
After investigating we noticed there were not very many images of the entire estate, so we decided to give you a look. For a few indoor photos you can go to O Magazines article on her home here. http://www.oprah.com/home/Oprahs-Santa-Barbara-Guesthouse. We ask you to please visit our sponsors, the Billionaire Mailing List (ads listed below), to help keep our site going. Thank you very much everyone. Have a great day!

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Oprah Winfrey's main house and expansive lawn in Montecito, CA

Oprah Winfrey’s main house and expansive lawn in Montecito, CA

Another view from above of Oprah's house and expansive lawns with gardens.

Another view from above of Oprah’s house and expansive lawns with gardens.

A higher view from the north of the estate of Oprah Winfrey.

A higher view from the north of the estate of Oprah Winfrey.

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A closer look from the north at the front of Oprah's home in Santa Barbara - Montecito.

A closer look from the north at the front of Oprah’s home in Santa Barbara – Montecito.

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A view looking down the hill from the main house at the fish pond.

A view looking down the hill from the main house at the fish pond.

The fish pond along the southern corner of Oprah's estate.

The fish pond along the southern corner of Oprah’s estate.

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A higher view from the west of the main house area of Oprah's Estate.

A higher view from the west of the main house area of Oprah’s Estate.

A closer view from the west of the main house on the estate.

A closer view from the west of the main house on the estate.

A south view from above of the entire length of Oprah's estate.

A south view from above of the entire length of Oprah’s estate.

A higher view from above of the back of Oprah's estate

A higher view from above of the back of Oprah’s estate

An overview of the back of the estate, the main house, tea-house, and guest house.

An overview of the back of the estate, the main house, tea-house, and guest house.

The 23,000 sq. ft. main house of the Oprah Winfrey estate in Santa Barbara County, CA

The 23,000 sq. ft. main house of the Oprah Winfrey estate in Santa Barbara County, CA

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This is a view along the front of Oprah's property along the road leading to the other entrance to the estate.

This is a view along the front of Oprah’s property along the road leading to the other entrance to the estate.

A view from the road of the entrance to Oprah's house. Thank you to Google Streetview for the image.

A view from the road of the entrance to Oprah’s house. Thank you to Google Streetview for the image.

The entrance to Oprah's house and estate. Notice the vehicle parked at the gatehouse on the left.

The entrance to Oprah’s house and estate. Notice the vehicle parked at the gatehouse on the left.

A closer view of the gated entrance to Oprah Winfrey's house in California.

A closer view of the gated entrance to Oprah Winfrey’s house in California.

Here is the other gated entrance to the property. This gate is rarely used.

Here is the other gated entrance to the property. This gate is rarely used.

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This image shows the back of the main house and guest house on Oprah's Estate

This image shows the back of the main house and guest house on Oprah’s Estate

Overview of the front yard and fountain at Oprah's house

Overview of the front yard and fountain at Oprah’s house

The back yard of the estate with the tea-house on left, the pond lower right and the guest house in the upper right.

The back yard of the estate with the tea-house on left, the pond lower right and the guest house in the upper right.

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This view shows the front lawn and fountain with the fountain of the neighbors estate to the left.

This view shows the front lawn and fountain with the fountain of the neighbors estate to the left.

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East View of Oprah's entire estate. Notice how the grass is still recovering after renovations.

East View of Oprah’s entire estate. Notice how the grass is still recovering after renovations.

This view shows Oprah Winfrey's front yard and driveway around property.

This view shows Oprah Winfrey’s front yard and driveway around property.

East side view of Oprahs property and house

East side view of Oprahs property and house

Oprah's Tea-house on her estate in Montecito, CA

Oprah’s Tea-house on her estate in Montecito, CA

The guard house or gatehouse to the estate. Notice how the drive goes in and out on different sides of the house.

The guard house or gatehouse to the estate. Notice how the drive goes in and out on different sides of the house.

A closer view of the gatehouse of Oprah Winfrey's Santa Barbara Estate.

A closer view of the gatehouse of Oprah Winfrey’s Santa Barbara Estate.

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Here we show where Oprah's home and estate sit, showing ocean views.

Here we show where Oprah’s home and estate sit, showing ocean views.

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