Jeff Bezos is the anonymous buyer of Washington DC's biggest house

Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood just keeps getting swankier: Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has bought the former Textile Museum, a 27,000 square-foot property, intending to convert it into a single-family home, according to a person with knowledge of the sale.

Bezos’ neighbors will include President Obama and his family, who are renting a property nearby for their post-White House home as well as future first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, incoming presidential adviser Jared Kushner.

The home — the largest in Washington — sold Oct. 21 for $23 million in cash (a million over its list price) to a buyer described in public documents as the Cherry Revocable Trust. But word about the identity of the new billionaire next door has been circulating around the enclave that ambassadors and Cabinet secretaries have long called home.

Bezos, wife McKenzie and their four children live in the Seattle, Wash., area. When he purchased the Post in 2013, Bezos said he didn’t plan to relocate to “the other Washington.” “I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day,” he told Forbes.  There are no indications he will move here permanently.

The home is expected to be an East-coast pied a terre for the family — allowing him to avoid hotel bills — but the ample square footage means there’s plenty of room for entertaining. (Take a tour of the property here.)

The property at 2320-2330 S Street NW spans two historic mansions, which housed the Textile Museum for nearly 90 years until it moved to George Washington University’s campus in 2013. The two mansions were sold together in May 2015 for $19 million, the largest residential sale in the District that year. They were put back on the market in 2016 at $22 million.

The property has drawn interest not just because of its sprawling size but its architectural pedigree. In 1912, Textile Museum founder George Hewitt Myers hired John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, to design his home at 2320 S St. A decade later, Myers bought the adjacent mansion, which was designed by noted Washington architect Waddy Butler Wood. Both properties are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Don’t look for moving vans just yet, though. Renovation plans drawn up by prominent local architecture firm Barnes Vanze are under review by the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

© Photo by Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post. The Textile Museum was built in 1912.

Ivanka Trump, Jeff Bezos' Real Estate Deals Shine A Light On Exclusive Washington, D.C. Neighborhood

When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos agreed to pay $23m for a Washington D.C. property, as reported by the newspaper he owns, the Washington Post, the tech billionaire added to real estate holdings that include a sprawling $28m lakefront home in Medina, Wash.

Yet the purchase of the 27,000-square-foot property, the former Textile Museum, is also shining a light on one of Washington’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

Bezos’ new home sits in Kalorama, an upscale area of the city near the White House long known for its exclusivity and affluence.

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, agreed last December to buy a property in the district as they get set to usher in the Trump Administration. (President-elect Donald Trump tapped Kushner this week to be his presidential adviser.)

Barack and Michelle Obama revealed recently that they also plan to rent a large Tudor-style home in Kalorama for their post-White House days. And Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, bought a fieldstone home in the neighborhood last year for $2.4 million.

The neighborhood, one of Washington’s wealthiest, backs up to Rock Creek Park and is home to diplomats and popular on the cocktail-party circuit. It sits near a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue known as Embassy Row and includes the embassy of Oman and the European Union ambassador to the United States, as well as Gérard Araud, the French ambassador.

“It’s an exclusive neighborhood but it’s not posh,” says Michael Rankin, managing partner of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in the Washington D.C. “But it’s not opulent like Beverly Hills or Park Avenue. It’s more tasteful than showy.”

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