One way to ensure you don’t have to deal with the prying eyes of nosy neighbors is to buy the house next door. That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has done, scooping up a Beverly Hills, CA, house next to his mansion for $12.9 million in an off-market deal, says the Los Angeles Times.
Bezos’ new home in the 90210 was built in 1956 on a half-acre lot that backs up to his 12,000-square-foot, Spanish-style mansion. Bezos has owned that one since 2007, when he picked it up for $24.45 million, one of the highest-priced L.A.-area sales at the time.
The Times calls his new purchase “a real-world firewall” for the Amazon CEO. There’s still one more home in the vicinity, between the two properties, so Bezos would need to close one more deal if he wants the full compound.
We don’t have much intel, but we do know that the new property includes a 4,500-square-foot, ranch-style home. It has four bedrooms, six baths, two fireplaces, and formal living and dining rooms. The outdoor space appears to include a motor court and two gated entrances, a patio, and a pool. Bezos’ combined lots total about 2.5 acres.
Mansion Global reports that Bezos bought the property through the Seattle-based Redwood Trust, the same entity he used to purchase the bigger, bordering parcel a decade ago, according to property records.
The 53-year-old has been on a real estate buying spree. In January, he plucked the biggest house in Washington, DC, where he owns the Washington Post. The Kalorama neighborhood property, the former Textile Museum, was sold for $23 million.
For a moment in July, Bezos was the world’s richest person, with a net worth exceeding $90 billion. He has since ceded the title back to Bill Gates, and remains one of the richest people on the planet.
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