Oprah Winfrey just paid $14 million for an amazing high-tech “treehouse” that sits on over 3 acres in the Telluride mountains.
She bought it from tech mogul Bob Wall, who spent 5 years designing and building the ski retreat in Colorado and gave it all kinds of cool and unusual features.
15 Features Oprah’s House Has That Yours (Probably) Doesn’t
1. Sensors That Detect When Someone Is Pulling Up the Drive.
2. A Heated Driveway That Never Has to Be Plowed.
3. Automated House Systems You Can Control from Anywhere in the World.
Cameras are positioned to watch everything inside and outside the house — including the Telluride airport. In an area that can get snow 8 months out of the year, it helps to see if planes are still taking off and landing when you’re on your way home!
4. A Family Room That Turns Into a Theater Room.
With the touch of a button, black-out blinds and a movie screen come down…
… and a “rock” in the wall opens to reveal a projector:
5. An Irrigation System for the House Plants So They Won’t Die When You’re Away.
6. A $150,000 Fiber Optic Glass Bridge Hallway That Changes Color.
The walkway connects the master bedroom to the home office.
7. A $70,000 Tub That Never Lets the Water Get Cold.
8. A Finnish Spa with Sauna Designed to Go Hotter and Stay on Longer Than Most.
9. A Hot Tub That Seats 7 Surrounded by Glass Walls That Open.
10. A 56-Foot-Long Wine Cellar Designed to Look Like an Old Colorado Mine Shaft.
11. An Antique Steel Ore Mine Cart That Runs Through It.
They dug a tunnel deep below the ground to house over 1,600 bottles. According to listing agent T.D. Smith, the cart rides on old mine rails through it. They pipe in sound effects like dripping water and creaking wood and have “lantern-like lights” that are programmed to flicker.
12. A $240,000 Old-Timey Tram That Takes You from the House to the Slopes.
13. A $140,000 Bridge and Tree-Top Deck 35 Feet Above the Ground.
They had to use a helicopter to carry in and install the walkway and deck. Some of the cables were cut afterward so it would “sway” a bit when you walk across it, just to make it “more exciting.”
14. A Glassed-in Observation Tower.
15. Insane 360-Degree Views of the San Sophia Mountain Range.
You can see all the photos of her new place taken by Joshua F. Johnson here. It was featured on Epic TV’s “High Tech Homes” last year and you can watch the episode here (it’s the source of the screenshots in this post). More information at the L.A. Times and Zillow.