Everything we know about the massive $165 million compound Jeff Bezos reportedly just purchased, the Warner estate

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Jeff Bezos is reportedly the new owner of a piece of Hollywood history.

The Amazon CEO purchased the home of billionaire David Geffen for $165 million, according to The Wall Street Journal, breaking a record for the most expensive home sale in California state history.

A spokesperson for Amazon did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the sale.

The estate was built by Warner Bros. cofounder and former President Jack Warner in 1937. Geffen bought the house, known as the Warner estate, in 1990 for $47.5 million, according to The Journal.

While there are few photos of the estate, Los Angeles County has plenty of aerial views of the property that give us our best look yet at Bezos’ rumored purchase.


Jack Warner, the cofounder and onetime president of Warner Bros., built his estate in 1937.

Warner started constructing the property in 1926, beginning with three acres of what used to be farmland in Beverly Hills, California. Slowly but surely, Warner started adding parcels of adjacent land and building out the grounds of the estate, adding a golf course and two ponds.

Source: Architectural Digest


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.

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

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

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Source: Forbes, The Wall Street Journal


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

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Geffen is also the owner of a $590 million superyacht called the Rising Sun, where he frequently hosts fellow moguls and celebrities — including Jeff Bezos.

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Bezos vacationed aboard the yacht in the summer near the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. He was pictured on the deck of the yacht alongside former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, model Karlie Kloss, and investor Josh Kushner.

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Geffen frequently hosts high-powered celebrities on the 400-foot-plus Rising Sun. Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and Barack and Michelle Obama have all been spotted on board.

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Now Bezos is the new owner of the Warner estate, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that Bezos purchased the property for $165 million, making it the most expensive home sale in California history. No brokers were involved in the sale, according to The Journal.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal


Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, had been house hunting in Los Angeles and touring mansions throughout the area for the past few weeks, the New York Post reported.

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The Warner estate spans 8 acres and is situated in the Benedict Canyon neighborhood of Beverly Hills.

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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.

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The compound is home to multiple dwellings, including two guesthouses and a 13,600-square-foot mansion.

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

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Source: Los Angeles County, Architectural Digest, 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.

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

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There’s a large pool and what appears to be an adjacent hot tub outside one of the large guesthouses.

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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.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest