Oprah isn’t the only Chicago based television personality to own a home-away-from-home in Michiana.
Oprah Winfrey owned a farm in LaPorte County for about 16 years before selling the property in 2004.
Now, former Chicago television news anchor Diann Burns is selling the Redbud retreat she built in 1997.
“She moved out to the west coast. She just doesn’t have the ability to enjoy it the way she did before, she lived in Chicago she worked in Chicago. Eventually work took her out west,” said Aaron Carmody with Platinum Luxury Auctions.
Burns’ 80 acre compound near Buchanan is scheduled to be sold at auction on July 29th. (www.MichiganLuxuryAuction.com).
“I can tell you what attracted the seller to the property was the topography, the natural lakes, the natural springs, the rolling hills. She knew that she could come out here and build her own estate, her own compound,” said Carmody.
The property features two lakes (Clark’s Lake), a pond, and three natural springs. Between the main house and a game lodge, there are seven bedrooms and six baths.
There are creature comforts like a pool, along with tennis and basketball courts, and then there are also plenty of comfortable creatures. “There’s deer, there’s turkey, there’s fishing,” said Carmody. “There’s miles and miles of trails if you go out to the woods. Everywhere you turn there's another trail, there's another hill, there's another spring, there's another lake.”
The property is part nature preserve and part luxury compound. It’ll all be sold to the highest bidder at auction later this month, provided the highest bid meets the set reserve price of $2.25 million.
“$2.25 million is absolutely a deal, I mean, cost of replacement brand new if you just had the land and had to put everything that Diann's put in this property you're probably looking at $6 million so $2.25 million is an absolute steal for this,” Carmody said.
The auction will be a live “public outcry” affair. That means that someone can bid remotely but that bid has to be relayed through a person who is physically in the room, holding a paddle.
“The auctioneer is going to be here and the house will be sold in 10 to 15 minutes,” said Carmody.
The house was designed by Notre Dame Professor of Architecture Alan DeFrees. The game lodge was built in 2007.