‘Minecraft’ Creator Wins Bid On BH Property

Markus Persson purchased the property at 1181 North Hillcrest Road for $70 million. Photo courtesy of Rodeo Realty.

BEVERLY HILLS—Markus Alexej “Notch” Persson, 35, the Swedish video game designer who created the ultra-popular game “Minecraft,” just purchased a 23,000-square-foot mansion located at 1181 North Hillcrest Road.

He reportedly paid $70 million to end a bidding war on the contemporary home, which includes a 54-foot retractable glass wall that provides a 280-degree view of Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

The eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom property also includes a giant wall of candy stocked with more than $200,000 worth of sweets, an 18-seat home theater, a home gym, a car gallery with rotating hydraulic floors that lower cars into a downstairs lounge, a wine cellar stocked with hundreds of bottles of Dom Perignon, and a 24-person dining table, which has place settings by Roberto Cavalli priced at $3,700 each.

The home includes a huge, $250,000 sculpture of a hand-grenade and an antique machine gun. Persson also received a special gold toothbrush, which was made specifically for the house.

Persson’s house was recreated in the “Minecraft” game he invented, which made him wealthy.

He became a billionaire last September when he sold his company, Mojang, to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. He developed “Minecraft” in 2009 and founded Mojang in 2010. The property was also sought after by hip-hop power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z.