The inauguration rumor mills are in full-swing today. The New York Post is reporting that Oprah Winfrey is home hunting in Washington. Why? She "wants to be as close to Barack Obama as possible."
The talk-show queen is said to have inquired about a nine-bedroom, $50 million mansion. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton speculates that it's the Evermay Estate, which we blogged about in September when it went on the market. If Hilton's right, Oprah would be moving into an 1801 federal-style mansion with as many bathrooms as bedrooms—plenty of room for Oprah's bestie Gayle King to stop in for a visit.
Here's what we wrote about Evermay:
"The two-and-one-half story brick mansion sits on three-and-a-half acres in the heart of Georgetown. British architect Nicholas King, who helped Pierre L’Enfant design Washington, created the Federal style mansion in 1801. Last sold in 1923 to diplomat Lammot Belin, it’s now rented out for special events like wedding receptions and corporate parties.
"If the estate goes for the asking price, it would shatter the record for the most expensive home sale in DC—in 2007, another Georgetown mansion, the Bowie-Sevier house, broke the previous record by $10 million when media entrepreneur Robert Albritton bought it for $24 million."