Oprah's New York Penthouse Hits the Market

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By Erika Riggs

In the world of celebrity real estate, stars buy homes through trusts in LLCs in an effort to cut the paper trail leading to their names.

Despite their best efforts, it's possible to figure out who the real owner of a mansion or penthouse is with a little sleuthing.

Such is the case with a posh Manhattan penthouse for sale. In 2008, it was reported that former news anchor and Oprah Winfrey's best bud Gayle King bought a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath apartment in the new Midtown tower, Place 57.

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After all was said and done, it appeared that the home was not purchased by King, but by the talk show diva herself for $7.1 million.

Who actually lived there is up for debate, but as for now, the penthouse is for sale for $7.9 million and appears vacant.

Finished in 2006, Place 57 has condos that originally sold for $1.47 million to $7 million-plus. Oprah's penthouse sits on the 36th floor and features 2,530 square feet of wall-to-ceiling windowed space as well as a 768-square-foot terrace.

The modern space features a "triangle-shaped" living room, high-end kitchen, dining area and two bedrooms -- one with an attached bathroom. The master suite has three walk-in closets, a jetted tub and sleek shower.

If this is Oprah's home, it's only one on a list of several properties that she owns, including a duplex in downtown Chicago, a plantation in Hawaii, a huge sprawling property in Montecito, Calif., as well as smaller homes and condos in Douglasville, Ga., Franklin, Tenn., and Elmwood Park, Ill.

King currently owns an apartment in the Big Apple as well as a home in Greenwich, Conn.

The home is listed by Mark Schoenfield of the Corcoran Group. According to Zillow's mortgage calculator, a monthly payment would be $29,115, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.

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Oprah's New York Penthouse Hits the Market

Location: New York
Price: $100,000 a month 
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: N/A

Beyonce may not have actually lived in this Manhattan townhouse, but she definitely spent time canoodling in it -- or appearing to. The rental was the set of Beyonce's music video "Halo." 

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Located in SoHo, the townhouse offers a whole lot of space in an otherwise pretty jam-packed neighborhood. Soaring ceilings and brick walls make the living room feel almost cavernous. 

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Amenities include a private indoor swimming pool, 925-square-foot terrace, a grand library  and motorized movie screen. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of streets below, which teem with boutique retail. 

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Location: Malibu, Calif. 
Price: $13.75 million 
Beds/Baths: 4, N/A
Sq. Ft.: 4,088 

Previously listed for $18 million when it hit the market two years ago, Brad Pitt's Malibu home looks like it may be on the verge of selling for $13.75 million. Brad Pitt bought the stylish, Midcentury home in 2005, post-Jennifer Aniston and pre-Angelina, for $8,410,080.

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The home's walls of glass open to gorgeous panoramas of Malibu coastline. It has bamboo flooring and a stainless steel kitchen. The property also has been approved by the Coastal Commission for a second-story addition, a stamp that surely enhanced the home's value a bit.  

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Pitt reportedly enjoys purchasing homes to spruce them up. We're not sure how he may have tweaked this place, but we do know it's breathtaking. Sited on a 1.26 acre plot, the property includes a tennis court and a lap pool, in addition to other amenities. We've speculated in the past that Brad and Angelina's ever-growing brood might have played a role in his decision to list the home. 

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Location: Southampton, N.Y.  
Price: $5.975 million
Beds/Baths: 6/6
Sq. Ft.: 7,800

NBA star Jason Kidd just about has his dexterous hands on this Hamptons mansion, having recently signed a contract to purchase the home. The two-acre property has a lower-level staff suite that stretches 2,300 square feet. 

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Kidd's contract has him staying with the Mavericks for one more year. The player has said he'd like to stay a pro for another couple of years. After that, he may put himself out to pasture, perhaps in this home's pasture. 

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Apparently, Kidd isn't into just one sport -- the home features a nice pool and tennis court. 

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Location: Malibu, Calif. 
Price: $7.25 million
Beds/Baths: 6/7
Sq. Ft.: 6,000

The question Howie Mandel has likely been asking himself about the Malibu home he listed in November is one he's asked a gazillion times: "Deal or No Deal?"

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Sitting on one acre, the Point Dume-area home was designed by architect Douglas Burdge, and has an expansive pool and outdoor patio.

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The gorgeous Cape Cod features a manicured lawn overlooking coastline, and has an exquisite interior that boasts white coffered ceilings. 

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Location: Chilmark, Mass. 
Price: $21.9 million
Beds/Baths: 13/15
Sq. Ft.: 13,327

President Obama just lost his favorite summer getaway. The First Family had rented "Blue Heron Farm," a Martha's Vineyard estate, for the last three summers. But just recently Norman Foster, one of Britain's leading architects, purchased the place for $21.9 million. 

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Commanding 29 acres of waterfront, the property boasts two full-size homes and a world-class equestrian facility that includes an eight-stall horse barn, Olympic dressage arena and six grass paddocks.

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Other amenities include a water-view pool with hot tub, par-3 golf hole, tennis court, half basketball court (no doubt where the prez has swished his fair share of three-pointers), and areas for lawn bowling and horseshoes.

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Location: Chicago
Price: $15,000 a month
Beds/Baths: 3/3
Sq. Ft.: 4,607

With her 25-season run on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Oprah spent most of her time split between homes in California and Hawaii. Even when she's been in town in the past, The Oprah has lived in a super-size duplex condo a few blocks away from this one, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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The sixth-floor unit offers eight rooms, three full baths, 10-foot ceilings, two fireplaces, a library, a solarium, a formal dining room, a wine room and a custom kitchen, among other billionaire perks. 

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This is not the first luxury property that Queen Oprah has listed for rent. Earlier this year, Oprah's company, Overground Railroad LLC, listed a 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Conn., for $24,500 a month.

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Location: Los Angeles
Price: $10.7 million
Beds/Baths: 9/7
Sq. Ft.: 11,000

David Schwimmer purchased this Mediterranean a decade ago for $5.5 million. Perhaps the new missus (Zoe Buckman) wants to put her mark on things. Fair enough (although couldn't she just redecorate?). 

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The 1926 home has been meticulously restored and has nine bedrooms. There is a state-of-the-art screening room, a formal dining room and a detached guest house with a loft.

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Location: Malibu, Calif.
Price: $13.5 million
Beds/Baths: 4/4
Sq. Ft.: 3,763

Master-of-the-putdown comic David Spade put up his extensively-remodeled Malibu beachfront mansion for $13.5 million in December. The sprawling beach home boasts stunning panoramas of the Pacific Ocean from its generous balconies.

Read the history of Spade's Malibu home here.

The home offers four large fireplaces, hardwood floors and best of all, numerous doors that open out to the sand. It's located right on La Costa Beach and close to Carbon Beach, where all the Hollywood movers and shakers are.

See more photos of David Spade's Malibu home here.

Location: Los Angeles
Price: $2.9 million
Beds/Baths: 4/5
Sq. Ft.: 4,179

This stunning property, located in the Los Feliz neighborhood, just south of the Griffith Observatory and Mt. Hollywood, blends elements of Mediterranean and Southwestern design to create a truly original living space. Fun fact: The "Big Bang Theory" star bought the beautifully-restored home from Charlie Sheen, who purchased the estate with then-wife Brooke Mueller.

Read more about the "winning" home sale here.

Helberg's gorgeous new home was built in 1927. It features a fully-restored interior with Bouquet Canyon stone flooring.

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Terraced yard steps lead down to a sprawling lawn and a huge swimming pool surrounded by a tree-shaded sunbathing terrace and stacked-stone wall. Perfect for lounging around, A-list style, during those hot Hollywood summers.

See more images of the Helberg manor here.

Location: Hailey, Idaho
Price: $15 million
Beds/Baths: 6/7
Sq. Ft.: 8,403

When he needed a break from being one of the world's best-loved action stars, this is where Bruce Willis would hide out -- and we can see why. This 20-acre, lakefront ranch boasts a heated pool with water slides, a waterfall and a rope swing, as well as several man-made ponds on the grounds. He put it on the market in November for $15 million because sadly, he tells The Wall Street Journal, he isn't "spending enough time there."

Read more details on Bruce Willis' Idaho ski retreat here.

Willis' sprawling mansion, in the heart of ski resort country, exudes a warm, almost cabin-like feel with its wood detailing.

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The spacious living room features soaring ceilings, glossy hardwood floors, a functional fireplace, exposed stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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