The world’s most famous talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey just bought a $29 million equestrian estate in California, but horses are not included in the package.
Oprah’s latest acquisition is a deluxe, 23-acre property in Montecito, Santa Barbara, with views of both the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Seamair Farm features exercise areas, paddocks, spacious pens, a fish pond and an avocado grove. The horse barn alone is larger than many people’s houses. The main house was designed by famous architect Cliff May, featuring his hallmark low, sloping roof. Spread over 5,000 square feet, the house has four bedrooms and overlooks a pool.
This is the first time in nearly forty years that the estate has been sold. John Charles Pritzlaff Jr. and his wife Mary Dell Olin Prtizlaff, of the chemical giant Olin Corporation, were the last owners of the ranch. Mary Dell was very fond of horses, raising and training champion ponies on the farm. The thriving orchards on the estate are the result of the horticultural effort and expertise of John Charles.
Oprah’s vision for the property has not yet been revealed, but it’s certain she must be having one, given her sharp business acumen. Ms. Winfrey’s last property purchase was a $14 million ski chalet in Colorado. Her estimated worth at the moment is over $3 billion.
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