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Minecraft creator Notch buys Beverly Hills mansion for record-setting $70M

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Markus "Notch" Persson recently set a new record, this one outside of the gaming community: The Minecraft creator just bought a sprawling mansion in Beverly Hills, California, for $70 million.

It is the "highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Hills," according to a press release from John Aaroe Group, the luxury real estate firm that sold the property. Curbed LA reports that Notch beat out none other than Jay-Z and Beyonce, among other interested parties, for the house.

Located in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills, the 23,000-square-foot home overlooks Los Angeles and also offers a view of the Pacific Ocean. As you can see in the photo above, the structure includes a 54-foot curved glass door that separates the living room from the "infinity pool" outdoors, whose fountains can be controlled with iPads. Notch's new mansion also includes the following amenities, in addition to "cases of Dom Perignon":

Entertaining will be a snap with vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. Three high-definition 90-inch television screens bring panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof into the down stairs lounge — especially breathtaking at night, says De Los Reyes. Art pieces include a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. On a conventional note, the home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each.

"[Markus] fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean," said Katia De Los Reyes, one of the John Aaroe Group brokers who worked with Persson on the purchase. "The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him."

Notch created Minecraft and co-founded Mojang, the studio behind the game. Microsoft bought the Stockholm-based company for $2.5 billion in September. Notch and his other co-founders left the company following the acquisition. For more, check out our interview with him from April 2013.

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