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The house that launched a billion packages: Birthplace of Amazon hits market

The house outside Seattle where Jeff Bezos launched the company is on the market for the first time since 2009
February 12, 2019 11:00AM

Jeff Bezos and the birthplace of Amazon at Bellevue, Washington (Credit: John L. Scott and Getty Images)

Before HQ2 or even HQ1, Amazon was headquartered in a 1,500-square-foot Craftsman home in the tony Seattle suburb of Bellevue. Now that house is for sale.

The owners of the three-bedroom house where Bezos famously started the trillion-dollar company in 1994 are asking $1.5 million for the keys to the landmark, according to the Seattle Times.

Bezos was only renting the home for a few months when he drew up articles of incorporation, and a later owner remodeled the 65-year-old house and attached garage in 2001, but that didn’t stop listing agent Pat Sullivan from shining a spotlight on its history with a fat arrow pointed at the garage door noting “The birthplace of Amazon.”

The last time the house went on the market in 2009, it sold for $620,000, or $720,000 in today’s dollars, according to the Times. Its current $1.5 million asking price is still well below the $2 million median home price in the area, as a surge of Amazon workers has helped boost Seattle-area property values.

Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man with $132 billion to his name, now owns a waterfront estate in nearby Medina valued at $76 million. In 2017, he dropped $13 million on a four-bedroom home adjoining his 12,000-square-foot Spanish-style mansion in Beverly Hills. [Seattle Times] — Alex Nitkin