Birthplace of Amazon Up For Sale for $1.5 Million

How would you like to own a piece of history? (I would rather have the $1.5 million)

The Seattle Times reports that the Seattle house that Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos rented when they launched Amazon is on the market again.

The West Bellevue house where Jeff Bezos started the company in 1994 went up for sale Monday for the first time in 10 years.

The garage attached to the three-bedroom, 1.75-bath craftsman on Northeast 28th Street was the original Amazon HQ.

John L. Scott, which has the listing, is marketing the 1,540-square-foot house as “a slice of history” and a chance to own the “birthplace of Amazon.” (The listing, like quite a few Seattle-area homes, uses a photoshopped, picturesque sky. The photographer also digitally removed snow that was on top of the garage from the recent storms.)

The 1954-built house was extensively remodeled with a new roof and bathroom in 2001, years after Bezos moved out, and has a modern interior punctuated by a large, open “great room” (basically a connected living room/kitchen) that takes up much of the single-story residence, according to the listing.

The garage itself has also been renovated and likely doesn’t resemble what it looked like when Bezos was there, said the listing agent, Pat Sullivan.

But the oversized mailbox that Bezos installed to receive lots of big catalogs is still there, Sullivan said.

I seriously doubt that is the same mailbox; the Bezos’s reportedly only rented the home for a few months 25 years ago. That is scarcely long enough for anyone to have bothered to install a larger mailbox, not when it would have been just as easy to have the mail carrier drop off white plastic crates containing the catalogs.

Plus, I honestly would have thought someone would have stolen the mailbox by now, and sold it on Ebay.

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  1. PG12 February, 2019

    The OP mentions a photoshopped sky and the removal of snow from the roof in the photo.

    There’s a lot more photoshopping going on than those two items.

    1. The most obvious is a misalignment of the gutter extending over the garage and the top of the garage door.
    2. If you look at the grass to the right of the driveway, you’ll see quite a few repeating patterns that are definitely not grass-like. I suspect these may cover up dead spots. If snow was removed from the roof, the grass probably needed to be goosed as well.
    3. The grass on the left-hand side of the path leading around the left-hand side of the house is also unnaturally green and bright and the photoshop jockey got the perspective wrong. The grass looks like it’s growing on some sort of mound.
    4. If the snow was removed from the roof, the artiste might have also removed the reflections of snow that show on the front window.

    All in all, a masterpiece of deceptive marketing.

    1. Nate Hoffelder12 February, 2019

      the snow is coming from inside the house!

  2. Snow15 February, 2019

    I’d rather have $1.5 million, too. Or $1 million and an interesting house.


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