Though he’s not quite a household name, it’s easy to see why Bryan Johnson has been occasionally called one of the past decade’s most successful entrepreneurs. Not only did he launch Braintree, an online and mobile payment platform that acquired Venmo for $26 million in 2012, he sold the merged entity to PayPal just one year later for a whopping $800 million. In 2016, Johnson then used $54 million of his own cash to found Kernel, a groundbreaking neurotech venture creating helmet-like devices to “monitor and record brain activity.” But the mind-reading isn’t all about probing private thoughts, it supposedly provides insight into brain aging, mental disorders, concussions and strokes.
Today, the 43-year-old tech entrepreneur — who is also founder and CEO of OS Fund, a venture-capital investor in early stage tech companies — has amassed an estimated $450 million net worth, which provides him ample dough for this modernist-inspired Venice residence. Property records show Johnson paid $5.7 million for the home in an off-market deal, taking it off the hands of local lawyer couple David and Wendy Marcus.
Situated on one of the largest lots in Venice, this gated property designed by the award-winning architecture firm Marmol Radziner stuns from the start with its sleek black-box façade. Once inside, 5,000-plus square feet of stylish, open living space spread across two levels is accented by floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, allowing for plenty of natural light and seamless indoor-outdoor environs. Polished concrete floors complement the grey-hued custom cabinetry, as do the automated shades and bespoke lighting throughout.
Easily standing out on the main level is a skylit living room opening to the pool area via large sliding glass doors. Adjoining the living area is a separate great room, a professional chef’s kitchen outfitted with top-tier Miele, Wolf and SubZero appliances, plus an eat-in marble island with waterfall edges and an adjacent dining area. Upstairs, the expansive master suite holds a balcony overlooking the pool, a duo of walk-in closets, and a limestone-clad bath. Four additional ensuite bedrooms occupy the second level, while a guest suite/office is tucked away on the first floor.
Outdoors, the picturesque grounds include a saltwater lap pool and spa flanked by a cabana with bathroom, a covered and heated dining room hosting a fireplace and built-in barbecue, and courtyard with firepit. Topping it all off: a grassy “living roof,” plus a two-car garage situated off a discreet back alleyway for surreptitious egress/ingress.