Breaking: Oprah’s Home Makeover Takes Her From Stone to Oak

In this month’s issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, which is all about Oprah, Oprah writes about Oprah’s latest challenge: Oprah’s home makeover. Though she concedes her Georgian mansion in Santa Barbara is “impressive,” “stately,” “spiritual,” “the promised land” and “everything a girl from Kosciusko, Mississippi could dream of,” it’s also uncomfortable and sterile—a place for people to approve of, but not a place for a person with four dogs to live in.

The home, Oprah explains, doesn’t represent the real Oprah, the Oprah who likes to put her feet up and read a good book without worrying about damaging her throw pillows. So she’s revamping the manse (with help) and making some key changes to what she calls “my own private Tara.” (Oprah is a Gone With the Wind fan. There are many reasons that is strange.) One of the most important things Oprah is doing to make the house more homey is ditch the cold stone floors for oak—”floors that feel warm beneath your feet and bring peace and joy with every step forward you take.” That’s a lot of pressure on those floors. Is she talking radiant heat? Are there Christmas carols piped in?

Anyway. Here are three homes in Philadelphia that also have oak floors and are in Oprah’s price range (if a little below). Lovely properties, all.

1. 1932 Panama Street, Center City Philadelphia

The living room of 1932 Panama Street

The living room of 1932 Panama Street

1932 Panama Street has a modern facade and a sleek, white kitchen by Joanne Hudson (no Sharpies allowed). Despite a high price point (though not for Oprah) of $2.3 million, it’s a steal, really, because it’s right in Center City near Rittenhouse and comes fully furnished—and nicely, at that. There’s also a roofdeck, a patio, a gym and a garage. Mmm. Parking. You can almost taste it. And, for your warmth/peace/joy pleasure, “Ebony Stained Rift Cut Oak wood floors.” Click on images below for more photos of the house.

2. 23 S. 23rd Street, Center City Philadelphia 

The living room of 23 S. 23rd Street, unit 4L

The living room of 23 S. 23rd Street, unit 4L

23 South 23rd Street’s unit 4L is for those who prefer condo living. The custom-designed 2-bedroom will set you back almost $800,000, but according to the listing, the parking—which is included with a full-price/acceptable offer—would otherwise cost $40,000 a year. Forty-thousand dollars. Is it worth so much, Philadelphians, to have a car? What about a bike? Even assuming a loss of three bikes per year due to theft, it’s still more cost-effective. At any rate, the point is, this place also has oak floors. Go to the listing to see more photos.

3. 1831 Spruce Street, Center City Philadelphia

Facade of 1831 Spruce

Facade of 1831 Spruce

This gorgeous building has two bi-level units, each with its own outdoor space. It’s the first unit that has the oak flooring—as well as a library, fireplace and wet bar. The second unit has bamboo flooring, but don’t feel sorry for it: Like the first unit, it has New Zealand wool carpeting, which—if you have to have carpeting at all—sounds like the way to go. Now where is that $1.5 million you had lying around? Click below for more photos.

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  • Skeptic_Eagle

    hmmm…can’t say I’m too thrilled Castilio penciled Asomugha in the slot again. Boykin is a good nickel corner, and they invested a pick in him, why not just give him those duties and let Asomugha do what he does best? What happens when they run right at Asomugha? He was horrendous in run support, and tackling in general, last year. I like Marsh, but Id’ prefer they let him give the starters a breather, and bring him along as a long term replacement. Greg Cosell says Asomugha’s strength is using the sideline and his reach–both pretty much negated in the middle of the field. Does Castillio think Nnamdis going to be able to jam Gronkowski at the line? My enthusiasm for the upcoming season is greatly tempered when remembering Juan Castilio is still organizing the defense.

    • ICDogg

      I wouldn’t take anything too seriously from a shorts practice early in training camp. They have a lot of things to try out and time to try them.

      I did find it interesting that Landri got the starting nod over Dixon in Patterson’s absence.

    • I’m not sure why there is such hand-wringing over Nnamdi in the slot. He played well against TEs last year and if you only do it on 3rd and long where the running threat is negated, I don’t see the problem (also considering the fact that there should be better LBs on the field too).

      • Skeptic_Eagle

        My personal hand-wringing stems from the notion that the Eagles signed the premier outside press man corner in the league, and managed to make him look terrible with schemes not suited to his strength; putting him in zones and in the slot. What games do you remember him blanketing the TE and taking him out of the game? He was OK against Witten–that’s about the high point. What springs to mind more readily than him erasing a TE is the image of Nnamdi’s blown tackles. He’s more graceful perimeter athlete than “football player”, suited for the middle of the field.

        If you put him in the slot on 3rd down, then you’re giving the opposition a better matchup with their #1 receiver on the outside. It’s hard to imagine a similar outcome in Arizona last year, had Asomugha been assigned to Fitzgerald throughout the game. Asomugha, historically, has gotten the better of Andre Johnson, when the Raiders assigned him as a shadow to press at the line; conversely, he’s given up huge plays to the likes of Josh Morgan, Michael Crabtree, and Brandon Gibson playing in Castillo’s “scheme” as an Eagle. I don’t know what other case I can make about his unsuitability for the slot than the reality of 2011.

  • Looks like a defensive check. it’s early. Really want to hear about the WR’s. Need a new third down receiver and one should emerge to press Avant into a camp casualty…

  • Doctor Dan

    I’m hoping that Vinny Curry gets a serious look at DE; he has the potential to be a Trent Cole clone.

  • sloan

    Put Asomugha at corner, leave him there all game. Don’t reinvent the wheel. He’s paid to be a shutdown corner. Castillo is over thinking this

  • Not_again_Juan

    I agree 100% with Skeptic_Eagle. As excited as I WAS for the upcoming season and the potential of this defense, I’m reminded of Juan Castillo’s brilliance and unparalleled ability to over-think things. Put Asomugha on an island with they’re best WR and leave him there. Period.

  • Good Lookin ouT

    I wouldn’t get to nervous with Juan’s aliments, there’s always Bowens around on the defense to chime in on those decisions. Nnamdi is a capable professional and can handle more than one role, he’s proven that with a stellar career. and virtually shutting down some quality Tight Ends last year. Tight Ends have long been a thorn in the azz of the Eagles Defense.