Jeff Bezos Buys Ex-Museum to Remodel Into Huge DC Home

Neighbors will include Obamas and Trumps
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2017 1:36 AM CST
Jeff Bezos Buys DC's Biggest Home
Jeff Bezos speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on May 5, 2016.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

To get a bigger house in Washington, Jeff Bezos would have to be elected president. The Amazon founder is the anonymous buyer who paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum in Washington, DC, in October last year, and he plans to turn it into the city's largest private home, reports the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos and cites "a person with knowledge of the sale." The 27,000-square-foot property in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood includes two historic mansions and was occupied by the museum for almost 90 years.

The Post's sources say Bezos isn't planning to uproot his wife and four children from Washington state to the other Washington full time, but after renovations are complete, they plan to use the DC property when they visit the East Coast. Forbes reports that Bezos' neighbors in the area, described by a realtor as "more tasteful than showy," will include the Obama family, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, and plenty of diplomats. (The Obamas' new home is owned by a former White House press secretary and "does not give off any vibes of ostentatiousness.")

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