We’re told that Lauren’s brother, Hollywood manager Michael Sanchez, made an appointment for the couple to view 822 Sarbonne Road — a sprawling estate featuring nine bedrooms, a state-of-the art “car elevator,” a spa with a steam room, a massage room and an art studio — without Bezos’ security team knowing.
Sanchez is believed to have arranged for the lovebirds to tour the megamansion in December just before Lauren’s birthday by getting a top Realtor to sign an ironclad nondisclosure agreement, we hear.
The massive estate is nearly 25,000 square feet, with an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor decks, patios and gardens.
According to a listing, the spread also has a movie theater, views of the LA skyline and a game room.
The couple, whose relationship was made public in January, even considered buying a property next door to build pro-grade sports facilities, we hear.
Bezos reportedly already owns a seven-bedroom Spanish-style estate in Beverly Hills, plus another property next door.
Sanchez, meanwhile, is believed to be wrapping up her divorce from her husband of 13 years, WME CEO Patrick Whitesell, whom she’s still living with.
Behind the scenes, Michael Sanchez is in the midst of a fight with Bezos’ head of security, Gavin de Becker, whom Michael said kept the couple apart for security reasons.
He even went so far as to allege to Vanity Fair that de Becker attempted to keep Bezos and wife MacKenzie together by urging them to see celebrity therapists Rae and Judy of Maui Intensives.
A source told us, “Gavin has never hired any therapists related to this topic ever.”
He is, however, quoted on the therapy retreat’s Web site praising the practitioners’ techniques.
Reps did not immediately get back to us.