The Post has learned that construction has been halted on Jeff Bezos’ Beverly Hills megamansion to expand the property by more than 15,000 square feet.
An initial application for a Hillside R-1 permit was submitted in 2021, but denied on technical grounds of incompleteness.
It was later approved until Bezos, 59, submitted a new request to add a “game court fence with lighting” filed in January this year, project records show.
But the Amazon founder’s application was once again rejected on the grounds of incompleteness.
“Now he submits a new application for a different radius to build on that, and he cannot build with the radius associated with the request,” senior city council planner Judy Gutierrez told the Post.
“The Hillside R-1 permit submitted in January 2023 has not been scheduled for a Planning Commission hearing,” Gutierrez said, “which means the repairs will be indefinitely stalled until the hearing is scheduled.”
Bezos’ initial 2021 application, which received city planning approval last April, submitted requests to build a new pool house, a powder room and retaining wall – adding about 1,000 square feet to the 28,000-square-foot mansion.
The home’s previous owner, film and music industry veteran David Geffen, 80, had obtained a permit to allow the maximum allowable floor area to exceed 15,000 square feet, but not exceed that.
According to a report from the Beverly Hills Planning Commission, “the maximum allowable floor area shall be 69,139 square feet.”
Photos obtained by The Post show aerial shots of the home with construction equipment on the ground but no workers.
The Post has contacted Bezos’ representative for comment.
Bezos dropped $165 million in 2020 for the roughly 10-acre property.
But the move appears to have no bearing on his latest setback, which reveals a decline in the wealth of Amazon’s founder, executive chairman and former chairman and CEO. 57 billion dollars last year.
This was due to a 38% decline in Amazon’s share price as of March 10.
Known as the famous Jack Warner Estate after the former chairman of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The $165 million deal set a Los Angeles record until Marc Andreessen beat Bezos’ record, paying $177 million for the 7-acre Malibu compound in 2021.
Previously, the title had gone to media executive Lachlan Murdoch, who paid $150 million Known as “Chartwell” for the Bel-Air estate that served as the Clampett residence in the popular 1960s TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
The complex today includes a three-story main house, a guest house, gym, a pergola, and a security guard house.
The new pool house will be approximately 697 square feet. The powder room will be below ground.