Jeff Bezos is spending $12 million to renovate his Washington, DC mansion — here's what it will look like when it's done

  • Jeff Bezos bought a residential property in the Kalamora neighborhood of Washington, DC, for $23 million in 2016.
  • The two structures on the property comprise a total of 27,000 square feet of living space — it's the largest home in Washington, DC.
  • Bezos is spending a reported $12 million to renovate the homes and surrounding property.
  • The new mansion will have a ballroom, whiskey cellar, elevators, a garden room, 11 bedrooms, and 25 bathrooms.

Jeff Bezos is so rich that the value of $1 to the average person is about $88,000 to the Amazon founder.

Needless to say, a $12 million home renovation at the site of his Washington, DC, compound isn't a budget crusher. 

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Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon, speaks at the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Forum on Leadership in Dallas, Texas, U.S., April 20, 2018. Picture taken on April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Rex Curry
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos laughs as he talks to the media while touring the new Amazon Spheres during the grand opening at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (L) answers a question from the media while getting a tour from Ron Gagliardo, senior manager of horticultural services for the Spheres, during the Amazon Spheres opening event at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos looks over a balcony on the top floor of the Amazon Spheres during an opening ceremony event at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos gives some closing comments after opening the new Amazon Spheres with some help from Alexa during an opening event at Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos addresses the media about the New Shepard rocket booster and Crew Capsule mockup at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Isaiah J. Downing
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, speaks about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, speaks about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, arrives to speak about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the Economic Club of New York in New York City, U.S., October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Washington Post newsroom in Washington January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Washington Post newsroom in Washington January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, delivers remarks at the grand opening of the Washington Post newsroom in Washington January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., tours the Spheres during opening day ceremonies at the company's campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The Spheres, a new gathering and working space for Amazon employees located in the heart of the downtown Seattle Amazon campus, contains hundreds of plant species from cloud rainforest environments around the globe, and maintains a tropical climate similar to Costa Rica or Indonesia. Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., center, tours the Spheres during opening day ceremonies at the company's campus in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. The Spheres, a new gathering and working space for Amazon employees located in the heart of the downtown Seattle Amazon campus, contains hundreds of plant species from cloud rainforest environments around the globe, and maintains a tropical climate similar to Costa Rica or Indonesia. Photographer: Mike Kane/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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In 2016, Jeff Bezos paid $23 million in cash for the property in DC's exclusive Kalamora neighborhood, home to the Obamas and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

While the property doesn't appear to offer much privacy in the front — it was the site of the Textile Museum for about a century — it includes two separate structures with a total of nearly 27,000 square feet of living space and a spacious backyard.

The larger of the two homes, the Wood House, will be for entertaining guests, while the Pope House will serve as the family's living quarters when they're in town. The Bezos' home base is in Medina, Washington — a secluded, 5.3-acre compound on the shores of Lake Washington.

The renovation plans were approved in September 2017 and are now underway. Below, check out the floor plan of Bezos' future Washington, DC, mansion. 

The property comprises two separate buildings, plus a garage with staff quarters, garden pavilion, and an attached garden room.

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The Washingtonian got their hands on the blueprints for Bezos' home renovation earlier this year, which Business Insider used to create these floor plans. The architecture firm overseeing the expansion, Barnes Vanze, specializes in historic restoration.

The plans reveal the lot size is 34,000 square feet and has two structures — which made up the former Textile Museum — connected by a second-story walkway. Both structures were originally built in the early 1900s and are part of the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the plans, the existing driveway will be widened and restored and the curb will be replaced with granite. "Privacy plantings" will be added to the perimeter of the property as well.

In the backyard, a new terrace will be added off the back of the Wood House with a "garden room" linking the two. Behind the Pope House, a wooden pergola and existing fountain will be restored. At the back of the lot there's a new garden pavilion that will have a gas fireplace. A pathway leads to a one-bedroom house for the property's caretaker that sits above a two-car garage.

 

 

 

The Pope House will serve as the family's private living quarters.

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The Pope House was designed by and named for John Russell Pope, the architect famous for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. 

Located on the left side of the property and standing three stories tall, this home will serve as the Bezos' main living quarters, according to the Washingtonian. Plans were only publicly available for the lower level, so it's possible other floors aren't being renovated at this time. 

A huge lounge with a bar is the main event on the lower level, in addition to a whiskey cellar (complete with drying racks), adjacent wine room, and a large kitchen. Upstairs, there are reportedly multiple bedrooms, an exercise room, a TV room, and a kitchenette. The house has a total of 10 bathrooms.

The Wood House will be used for entertaining.

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The Washingtonian said Bezos and his wife Mackenzie will likely use the Wood House, the "party pad of epic proportions," for " A-level socializing."

A nearly 1,500 square-foot ballroom takes up one entire side of the main level and rises two stories. A new limestone fireplace, staff bar room, and balconied promenade that overlooks the space add to the grandeur.

On the other side, a gallery lined by windows looking out to the front of the property and a spacious living room are separated by another set of stairs. Visitors can also opt for the nearby elevator.

The third floor of the Wood House accommodates guests and staff.

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Upstairs on the third floor are staff quarters and several bedrooms, each with at least one large window.

Between the two homes, there is a total of five living rooms and lounges, three kitchens, two libraries/studies, two workout rooms, 25 bathrooms, and 11 bedrooms.

The Washingtonian said the architecture firm estimates the renovations will be complete by December.

When's the housewarming party?

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