Oprah Buys High-Tech Ski Getaway Complete With ‘Wine Mine’

Dec 17, 2015 by

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Joshua Johnson via ZillowThe home is in the Colorado community of Mountain Village, reachable from Telluride by road or gondola.

By Melissa Allison

Oprah Winfrey loves hanging out with her oak trees, and now she can commune among the evergreens at her new high-tech mansion in the Colorado ski town of Telluride.

The media mogul paid $ 14 million for a furnished mansion that belonged to businessman and African art collector Bob Wall, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 8,700-square-foot home has everything for the well-heeled ski enthusiast: a mud room, a seven-person hot tub and a faux mining car that connects the mansion with a nearby ski trail.

For winding down after a long day on the slopes, there’s a 56-foot-long “wine mine” traversed by an antique steel ore cart. (See it in the slide show below.)

The ore cart rides on old mine rails in a chilled, humidified room that has “sound effects like you’re moving through a mine shaft and lights that are computerized to flicker like a lantern would in a mine,” said listing agent T.D. Smith with Telluride Real Estate Corp., an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. The tunnel holds 1,600 bottles of wine.

The tech mogul who sold the 2001 home spent nearly five years having it designed and built, Smith said. “The home fits perfectly with its mountainous environment, with wonderfully clean, contemporary lines and an interior that just pops.”

Like any good tech exec, Wall included a host of smart features, including climate control and a weather station.

“He can water his indoor plants from San Francisco using his iPad,” Smith said.

A helicopter flew in the 35-foot-high outdoor tower for this home’s aerial fire pit, which has views of the surrounding woods and Colorado’s San Sophia Mountain Range.

The five-bedroom, 6.5-bath home has a sauna, a guesthouse and a turret-style tower with 360-degree views and an office, seating area and kitchenette.

It’s located on the slope side of Mountain Village, a community that’s connected to historic Telluride by road, but which is often reached by gondola instead.


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