Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the world’s third-richest person with an estimated fortune of $163 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has added another opulent estate to his burgeoning real estate collection. The waterfront mansion, located on the man-made barrier island Indian Creek in the larger Miami area, is the latest addition.
- Address: 12 Indian Creek Island Road.
- Size: 9,300 square feet (864 square meters).
- Land: 2.8 acres (1.1 hectares).
- Features: Built-in 1965, the mansion consists of three bedrooms, a vast pool area, and is set on the outskirts of Biscayne Bay.
A Historical Overview of the Mansion
Public records confirm that the mansion’s sale occurred in June. However, Bezos’s association as the final buyer was undisclosed. MTM Star International, a company linked to Panama, previously owned the property. The last recorded sale of this estate was in 1982, fetching a price of $1.4 million, which is approximately $4.4 million when adjusted for inflation.
Significance of Indian Creek:
- Exclusive Enclave: Often referred to as the “Billionaire Bunker”, Indian Creek is a sought-after location for many of the world’s wealthiest individuals. It’s home to celebrities such as Tom Brady, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and business moguls like Carl Icahn.
- A Self-Sufficient Island: Besides its lavish homes, the island boasts about 40 waterfront properties, an 18-hole golf course, a country club, its own police force, and a tight-knit community with a population of just 81 as of the 2021 census.
Bezos’s Connection to Miami and His Real Estate Portfolio
Jeff Bezos is no stranger to Miami. His connection to the city dates back to his high school days, as he graduated from Palmetto High School. However, this new purchase holds particular significance, marking a sort of homecoming for Bezos.
Other Notable Properties:
- Washington, D.C. Residence: The largest home in the capital.
- Beverly Hills Mansion: Acquired in 2020 for $165 million, it stretches over nine acres.
- Hawaii Estate: Valued at $78 million.
- Texas: A 30,000-acre ranch and the launch site for Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.
- Medina, Washington: A 5.3-acre property.
- New York: Almost $100 million of real estate in a Fifth Avenue apartment building.
Bezos’s recent indulgences in luxury aren’t restricted to real estate. He recently commissioned one of the world’s priciest superyachts, the Koru, estimated to have cost around $500 million. This mammoth vessel comes adorned with features like a helicopter landing pad, a luxurious pool, and a unique mermaid figure resembling his fiancée, Lauren Sanchez, at the prow.
Future Endeavors in the Vicinity?
Sources suggest that Bezos has shown interest in further expanding his real estate holdings in the Miami area. There are speculations that he might be eyeing an adjacent lot currently on sale for $85 million. If acquired, it would further cement Bezos’s stronghold in the ultra-luxury real estate market of the region.
In summary, as Jeff Bezos continues to diversify his interests post his tenure as Amazon’s CEO, his penchant for ultra-luxurious assets, particularly in real estate, becomes ever more evident. The latest Indian Creek acquisition not only bolsters his real estate portfolio but also highlights the growing allure of the Miami area among the world’s elite.