Oprah Winfrey’s $90 Million Montecito Home


I wonder if this was Oprah’s Valentine’s Day gift to herself.  Enjoy !

An aerial view shows Oprah's Montecito mansion.

The Promised Land

Oprah called her property the Promised Land, named after the land that God gave Adam in the Old Testament. Her main home is a 23,000-square-foot mansion in the Neo-Georgian style. It contains six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a library, theater, and ten fireplaces.

The property also has a fruit orchard, equestrian ring, and luxurious garden. Oprah has called this garden her “sanctuary.” However, she has never demonstrated an interest in training horses in her equestrian ring.

An aerial view shows Oprah's home in Montecito.

The Property

To get to Oprah’s house, you’d have to drive up a long, private driveway. This aerial view shows the home surrounded by lush lawns and pine, eucalyptus, ad oak trees. Although there is a pool, you can’t see it from this angle.

The First Thing That Visitors See

If you were to walk into Oprah’s Montecito home, this is the first thing you would see. The entrance hall includes antique tables that display Oprah’s personal photos. A custard-colored staircase spirals to the upper floors.

Oprah's entrance includes a yellow staircase with a painting and personal photos displayed.

For anyone who likes this layout, Oprah has bad news. In 2013, she suggested that she was planning to remodel the entrance hall. If she has redone it, she hasn’t posted any updated photos. Time will tell if she kept the creamy yellow staircase.

An Elegant Dining Room

Compared to the rest of her house, Oprah’s dining room appears small. But Oprah actually believes that it is too big. In O, Oprah said that she wanted “dinners to reflect my heart and spirit.” She also wants a space to be homey enough for “people to feel free to ask for seconds!”

Oprah's dining room has a table that seats up to ten people.

The dining table seats up to ten people and holds two dramatic candelabras.

Cooking With Oprah

Oprah enjoys several different design styles, and her kitchen is an example of this. Unlike other rooms, the kitchen has a rustic style with chicken statues and gentle, wood-colored walls. The wall behind the stove brings in some Tuscan elements.

Oprahs kitchen shows an island, counter, and fireplace.

A Closet That Many Would Dream About

This is only a portion of Oprah’s massive Montecito closet. If you’ve ever wondered how many outfits she has, now you know. Shelves upon shelves of shoes, cardigans, shirts, and purses create no shortage of fashionable options to wear.

A peek inside Oprah's closet shoes shoes, clothes, and bags neatly stored.

Like the rest of her home, Oprah shows off her design and organization skills here. Her shoes and clothing are mainly color-coded. Oak shelves are bathed in a warm light that makes it feel like a studio. And of course, there’s a TV for entertainment.

Orpah’s Preferred Bathtub

During a 1998 interview with Vogue, Oprah expressed how she spend much time looking for the best quality bathtub. “I majored in bathtubs,” she joked. So it’s no surprise that her tub at Montecito is luxurious.

An opulant bathtub is in Oprah's bathroom at her Montecito estate.

Oprah mentioned that her love of bathrooms came from childhood when she had to clean her family’s single bathtub. Her Montecito bathroom includes a huge circular bathtub and a roomy shower with a seat. And that view of the Santa Ynez mountains is to die for!

A More Muted Living Room

Compared to the other living room, this room’s design is tame. Coral walls and olive green couches are easier on the eyes than the plaid. However, the sheer amount of decorations and ornate pillows adds quite a bit of detail to this room.

One of Oprah's living rooms has coral-colored walls and green couches.

Oprah’s Sanctuary

When Oprah bought her Montecito property, it came with a structure built for a rose garden. But that didn’t suit Winfrey’s taste, according to Veranda. Instead, she adorned her garden with lilies, dahlias, daffodils, irises, and honey dijon.

Oprah's garden features hedge arches, flowers, and wooden arches.

Oprah’s garden was designed by the rose expert Dan Bifano, who also worked for Tom Ford and Barbra Streisand. The entire garden features networks of arches, cypresses, and hedges. It’s no wonder why Oprah called her garden a “sanctuary.”

A $3 Million Statue

If a visitor were to walk the paths around Oprah’s estate, they would come upon an unusual bronze statue. The artwork is called Grupo de quarto Mujeres de Pie and it was made by the Mexican painter and sculptor, Fransisco Zuniga. Reportedly, Oprah paid around $3.1 million for it.

Oprahs statue, the Grupo de quarto mujeres de pie, stands in her yard.

When translated, the statue is called “A Group of Four Standing Women.” Each of the women represents a different stage of life.

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Groundhog Day Lesson



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February 2 is Groundhog Day. Groundhogs are small brown furry animals. They live in burrows in the ground, and they eat grass, berries, and other vegetation. Groundhog Day is based on folklore. The folklore is that if the groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow then there will be six more weeks of winter weather. But if the groundhog comes out of its hole and doesn’t see its shadow, then there will be an early spring

The Groundhog Day ceremony is held at Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania, centering around a semi-mythical groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, has become the most attended.  Grundsow Lodges in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the southeastern part of the state celebrate them as well. Other cities in the United States and Canada have also adopted the event.

How much do you know about groundhogs ?  Try this matching quiz to test your knowledge.


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Just in time for Halloween-The Best Original Horror TV Shows to Stream Right Now

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The glut of streaming TV shows includes a lot of guts—spilling on the floor. Here are PC Magazine’s picks for the scariest shows you should binge pre-Halloween, and after.


With hours to fill, and billions to spend, horror show are a no-brainer for video-streaming services. Buckets of blood don’t cost as much as CGI special effects, and the stars can be complete nobodies.

Still, major streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video have churned out special-effects-laden horror spectacles akin to Hollywood blockbusters. It’s always nice when the production value is as sky high as your internal anxiety when viewing these scary shows.

Because TV is so full of all-out horror, this list is limited to original shows from the streaming services. That means it doesn’t include landmark terror TV programs like American Horror Story, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Supernatural, Scream, The Strain, and on and on. While they may be streaming, they all originated on networks or basic cable. We do include premium cable here because, well, they all have their own streaming services.

As Halloween approaches, pick a show and pull the covers up to your chin. It’s about to get spooky.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix)

True Blood (HBO)

Black Mirror (Netflix)

Dark (Netflix)

Creepshow (Shudder)

Penny Dreadful (Showtime)

Castle Rock (Hulu)

Lore (Amazon Prime Video)

Room 104 (HBO)

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)


To really find the series that will tingle your spine, raise the hair on the back of your neck, or keep your dog close at hand, you should read the various descriptions of each show that’s on PC Mags web page, complete with pictures.  There is one in particular that scares even me just by looking at the poster.  OK, this genre is not for me , but as a public service to all you horror fans out there, I thought it only fair to present some gory entertainment options for you to watch at Halloween.  Just don’t blame me for your subsequent nightmares.   Enjoy !


Summer 2019 Movie Preview: 31 Superhero, Horror & Comedy Movies You Should See

Slide 1 of 32: Time to start planning your summer movie schedule now.

This year’s summer movie season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory. Between new blockbuster superhero films, terrifying horror movies and uproarious new comedies, there’s plenty to keep you busy and away from that pesky sun all summer long. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for this summer, starting with “Avengers: Endgame” at the end of April.  

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