Jeff Bezos revealed as buyer of $68M Indian Creek teardown

Bezos had been looking for a turnkey mansion; will build a new estate on the waterfront lot

A photo illustration of Jeff Bezos and 11 Indian Creek Island Road (Getty, Google Maps)
A photo illustration of Jeff Bezos and 11 Indian Creek Island Road (Getty, Google Maps)

Billionaire Jeff Bezos, the third richest person in the world, reportedly paid $68 million to purchase a waterfront home in Miami’s Indian Creek Village. 

The Amazon founder is behind the entity that purchased the teardown at 11 Indian Creek Island Road, Bloomberg reported, and one source who was not involved in the deal confirmed to The Real Deal. The sale closed on June 27. 

Bezos and his fiancée, former news anchor and pilot Lauren Sánchez, had been looking for a new or renovated mansion in the Miami area, sources told TRD. His house hunting likely coincided with his visit to Miami in May for the Formula One Grand Prix. He may also be planning to purchase other properties, as he has looked at homes on Miami Beach’s La Gorce Island, Star Island and North Bay Road. 

The mansion Bezos reportedly purchased was built in 1965 and expanded in 1985. It spans nearly 9,300 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms on a 2.8-acre lot. 

Former hotelier Tulia Soucy de Gonzalez Gorrondona, through a Nevis-based entity, sold the property to the Palm Trust, managed by Terri Lacy. Sohely van Woerkom of Golden Ocean Real Estate, led by Gabriela Espejo, represented the seller in the off-market deal, according to a copy of the closing statement obtained by TRD.

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Bezos will be among other billionaires on Indian Creek, a guard-gated island north of Miami Beach, including Carl Icahn and hedge funder Eddie Lampert. Other homeowners include Tom Brady, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias, and car dealership mogul Norman Braman. 

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DJ and producer David Guetta is also in contract to buy the waterfront spec estate at 37 Indian Creek Island Drive that’s asking $69 million, sources told TRD. Developer Todd Michael Glaser and his partners are selling the home to Guetta.

Bezos, whose net worth exceeds $160 billion, according to Forbes, also owns The Washington Post and the aerospace company Blue Origin. He has ties to South Florida and has spent more time in Miami recently. Bezos graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1982.

Last year, his parents, Mike and Jackie Bezos, purchased two waterfront homes in Coral Gables for $78 million. Attorney Anthony Lopez and his wife, Dr. Nicole Martin, who is on “The Real Housewives of Miami,” sold their estate at 9501 Journeys End Lane for $44 million. Former PetsMD Raquel Cordon and Raul Calvoz sold their adjacent home at 9475 Journeys End Road for $34 million.

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