Oprah's Custom Water Tower Condo Lists for $7.75 Million

The Big O's performance in 'The Butler' has Hollywood buzzing. But is the Diva leaving Chicago in the dust?

Oprah's Custom Water Tower Condo in Chicago

Water Tower Place photo by: TonyTheTiger, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Oprah photo via The Butler
Oprah's luxurious 56th floor unit in the Water Tower Place is up for grabs.

Expect to pay $9,000 monthly homeowner association fees for Winfrey's 9,625-square-foot duplex in the 74-story skyscraper. And taxes in 2012 rounded the bend of $71,000 for the 4-bed, 5-bath Magnificent Mile unit with north, south and east views. Pamela Sage of Baird & Warner is repping the diva's Pearson Street property.

The 59-year-old Winfrey, who scored SAG and BAFTA best supporting actress nods for her turn as Gloria Gaines in The Butler has owned a total of four units in the tony high-rise, including one on the 57th floor she grabbed in 1985 as her talk show dynasty began its ascent, and three spaces on the 56th floor, bought separately, with a combined sticker price over $3 million. (For comparison, there's currently a 3-bed, 3-bath in the building listed for $1.6 million.)

Winfrey moved her pared-down talk show to Los Angeles in 2011 and it looks as if she's signaling a true Chicago farewell. Last October, she announced plans to keep a smaller (modest?) home in the city. Check. And the real estate savvy Big O hired an exploratory team to field offers for her four-campus Harpo Studios compound in the West Loop. Check. No stranger to paparazzi, in 2012 she gave the boot to a 4,600-square-foot East Lake Shore Drive co-op she refused to occupy, selling at a $2.85 million loss because people could see into the space. 

Are these moves a map of her Chicago exit plan?

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