Inside Jeff Bezos’ huge Hollywood property – he already bought the historic Jack Warner Estate for US$165 million, but it might not be big enough for the Amazon founder’s plans …

Jeff Bezos and his Beverly Hills estate. Photo: Shutterstock, Los Angeles County

Jeff Bezos appears to be compiling a massive Beverly Hills compound. 

Back in February 2020, the Amazon CEO broke a California record with his purchase of the Warner estate, a piece of Hollywood history belonging to billionaire David Geffen. The reported US$165 million purchase was the most expensive home sale in state history
The Warner Estate in Beverly Hills, now belonging to Jeff Bezos. Photo: Shutterstock

Then, last July, Bezos appeared to make another purchase, this time right next door: a US$10 million home that shares a hedge line with the Warner estate. According to property records viewed by Variety, Bezos became the new owner of the 1930s-era home on a side street in Beverly Hills’ Benedict Canyon neighbourhood. 

While there are few photos of the estate and the adjacent home, Los Angeles County has plenty of aerial views of the property that give us our best look yet at the massive compound Bezos is amassing in the hills above LA. A spokesperson for Amazon did not respond to request for comment on the sale – but here’s what we know so far ...

The Warner estate was built by Jack Warner, the co-founder and one-time president of Warner Bros., in 1937. Warner began with three acres (1.2 hectares) of what used to be farmland, and slowly but surely, added parcels of adjacent land. He also built out the grounds of the estate, adding a golf course and two ponds.

Warner Bros CEO Ted Ashley, Jack Warner and Frank Sinatra in 1969. Photo: AP

What’s the big deal?

Warner liked to throw extravagant parties that were attended by stars like Olivia de Havilland and Jimmy Stewart, and moguls like Howard Hughes. An invitation to a party at the estate was apparently one of the most sought-after in Hollywood in the late 1930s and early 40s.

US actress Olivia de Havilland and British actress Vivien Leigh are pictured as they leave a plane upon their arrival in Atlanta for the premiere of classic Gone with the Wind in 1939. Photo: ACME/AFP

Warner filled the estate with expensive art, including a portrait of his wife, Ann, painted by Salvador Dali.

Marlene Dietrich and Ann Warner photographed by Eve Arnold in 1939. Photo: @ImVeryJustin/Twitter

Warner died in 1978, and Ann Warner owned the house until she died in 1990. That year, the music and movie tycoon David Geffen bought the whole estate, including the art, for US$47.5 million, according to Forbes. The sale set a record at the time.

David Geffen bought the estate in 1990. Photo: @davidgeffen/Instagram

Geffen, who is worth an estimated US$9 billion, has a multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio that includes homes in Malibu, California, New York’s East Hampton and Manhattan.

Geffen is also the owner of a US$590 million superyacht called the Rising Sun, where he frequently hosts fellow moguls and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Barack and Michelle Obama – and Jeff Bezos (in meme-starting swimming shorts).
Bezos has vacationed aboard the yacht near the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. Last year, he was pictured on the deck of the yacht alongside former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, model Karlie Kloss and investor Josh Kushner.

In February 2020, Bezos became the new owner of the Warner estate, according to The Wall Street Journal, reporting that Bezos bought the property for US$165 million, making it the most expensive home sale in California history.

One happy homeowner? Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in 2012. Photo: PA/Abaca Press/TNS
Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez had been house hunting in Los Angeles and touring mansions throughout the area in previous weeks, the New York Post reported.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez poses for photographs during a blue carpet event organised by Amazon Prime Video in Mumbai, India, in 2020. Photo: AP

What’s it like inside?

The Warner estate spans eight acres (3.2 hectares) and is situated in the Benedict Canyon neighbourhood of Beverly Hills.

The storied Warner Estate. Photo: @MansionHome/Twitter

The estate promises the utmost privacy. It’s surrounded by tall hedges, blocked off by a large gate, and completely hidden from view from the street.

The compound is home to multiple dwellings, including two guest houses and a 13,600 sq ft mansion.

A parcel of land: the Warner Estate. Photo: Los Angeles County

The Georgian-style home has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It includes a floor that was once owned by Napoleon, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Photos shot of the interior of the estate by Architectural Digest in the early 90s show a screening room, an expansive bar, and a dining room that could easily fit 14 guests.

The Warner Estate. Photo: Los Angeles County/Pictometry

The grounds also include a tennis court and manicured gardens. Geffen spent US$45 million renovating the property, including US$20 million on landscaping alone, The Journal reported.

At one point, the property also included a nine-hole golf course and a “motor court” with a garage and gas pumps, according to Architectural Digest, though it’s not clear if those amenities are still on the property.

Need something bigger?

Bezos reportedly bought an adjacent property in July for US$10 million. That property is on Tropical Avenue, which is perpendicular to the Warner estate. It shares a hedge with the compound, though it is currently accessed from a different street.

“This big”: is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos building a compound out of the Warner Estate? Photo: AP

That adjacent property was built in 1930 and was last sold for US$5.45 million, according to Variety. It features three bedrooms and five bathrooms, six fireplaces, a rear patio, and rose and vegetable gardens.

The other Beverly Hills home Jeff Bezos just bought. Photo: Google Earth

It’s not clear what Bezos would want with an adjacent property, but he has a history of snapping up homes near his larger estates. In 2017, he bought the house next door to his previous Beverly Hills mansion for US$12.9 million. His ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, was granted both homes in the couple’s divorce.

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This article originally appeared on Business Inside

Jeff Bezos
  • Jeff Bezos already broke California real estate records when he bought the Warner estate from David Geffen last year – but he may not be stopping there
  • The Amazon CEO also bought the US$10 million home next door – prompting talk that he could be building a Beverly Hills compound to rival Bill Gates’ Xanadu 2.0