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Rosie O’Donnell Buys in the Windy City

Rosie O’Donnell is making a career comeback on Oprah Winfrey’s O Network, which means she needs to show up on time for work everyday. Rosie’s a long-time resident of New York City, so the only way to do that is to plant some roots and buy some high-priced property in the Windy City of Chicago, Oprah’s long-time professional home base.

In the 1990’s, O’Donnell hosted her own successful daytime TV show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” for which she picked up quite a few shiny trophies at the Daytime Emmys. She moved on to a quick stint on “The View,” where she again picked up a paycheck for talking on television, and she made headlines every week by clashing with ultra-conservative co-host Elizabeth Hasslebeck.

Rosie had a fiery exit from “The View,” but she’s now ready to give it another go with Oprah as her boss and Chicago as her new hometown. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Rosie is under contract to purchase a stunning $2,500,000 home in the Lakeview neighborhood. She’s reportedly purchasing the home fully furnished and “as-is” from an executive at the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Measuring in at 6,000 square feet, the 5 bedroom, 5+ bath home is in the heart of the southport corridor in the desirable Lakeview neighborhood. The home’s outstanding features include high ceilings ceilings, extensive millwork, custom cabinetry and rich designer flare. The previous owner made massive improvements, including adding a top-of-the-line audio/visual and security system for the entire house, a home theater and a sports bar. A marvelous outdoor living area includes a massive, 2,000 square foot roof deck. Perfect for Chicago winters, the home also has a 3 car heated garage.