As is typical with Oprah, anything she touches turns to gold. Oprah guests such as Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Suze Orman all were regulars on Oprah and they all went on to launch their own TV shows. Chicago designer Nate Berkus got the Oprah touch, too, and was vaulted to a national platform after he designed a 400-sq ft apartment for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” And yes, Berkus got his own show, too, although it’s at risk of being canceled, according to Curbed.
Now, he’s faced with his own personal real estate challenge. Berkus is selling his Chicago apartment for $2,650,000.
Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Berkus’ unit is one of 12 full-floor apartments in this vintage high-rise and was featured in Chicago magazine and Elle Decor. Berkus bought the unit in 2003 for $1.5 million and went about doing what a designer does best — redoing it.
He installed new hardwood floors, rehabbed the master bath with a custom, English tub, reconfigured the master suite, installed a two-zone AC, new electrical, plus new kitchen back splash and appliances.
It comes with one parking space and an enormous storage room. Included in the “monthly assessment” of $3,816.30 is: heat, cable TV, water, common insurance, 24-hour doorman, on-site engineer, scavenger, and snow removal.
Chicago’s Gold Coast real estate is highly desirable due to the views many homes afford of Lake Michigan and its rich, historic status. In the late 1980s, the Gold Coast was considered to be one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the U.S. — only behind Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Berkus’ Astor Street District in particular is appealing due to buildings that “…reflect the fashionable styles favored by their original residents. Nineteenth century houses, in their various historical revival styles, are interspersed with apartment buildings, forming a unique reminder of the city’s history.”