Northstar’s embattled CEO lists Cherry Hills mansion for sale after 10 months

An aerial shot of Northstar CEO Brian Watson’s mansion at 8 Churchill Drive. (BizDen file photos)

In the midst of his battle with Amazon, the head of Northstar Commercial Partners is looking to move out.

CEO Brian Watson listed his 20,000-square-foot mansion at 8 Churchill Drive in Cherry Hills Village for sale on Dec. 1, according to REColorado.

Watson just bought the place in February.

The eight-bedroom, 13-bathroom home sits on 2.5 acres and “brings the outdoors in with rooms that open to terraces overlooking the pool and lush garden areas,” according to the listing. It overlooks the 11th hole of Cherry Hills Country Club.

The interior of the lavish home, which overlooks the 11th hole of Cherry Hills Country Club.

There’s a wine cellar, fitness room, theater and elevator, according to the listing. The garage can fit more than a dozen cars.

The home is listed for $8.3 million. Watson purchased it in February for $6.62 million, according to public records. The previous owners had listed it in mid-2019 for $8.25 million.

A lawyer representing Watson declined to comment on the listing. In early April, Watson said that the FBI had served a search warrant at his home, and asked him questions regarding Northstar’s business deals with Amazon.

“It was like a scene from a movie where 3-4 cars showed up in my driveway,” he wrote in an email obtained by BusinessDen.

Later that month, Amazon sued Northstar and Watson in federal court in Virginia, accusing the firm of paying kickbacks to Amazon employees in exchange for deals to develop data centers for the company in the state. Watson has denied wrongdoing. No criminal charges have been announced.

The estate, which is listed for $8.3 million, includes a garage that can fit more than a dozen cars.

Amazon specifically highlighted Watson’s lavish Cherry Hills home in the course of the litigation, questioning why he was unable to deposit $21.25 million in an escrow account. In response, Watson said he was worth $61.45 million as of the end of May, but that most of his wealth consisted of real estate holdings and investments in companies.

Watson’s net worth statement indicated he also owns a ranch in Grand County and a private plane.

While Watson has been playing defense with Amazon, he recently went on the offensive. Earlier this month, Northstar sued its partner in the data center deals — Chicago-based IPI — arguing the firm didn’t have the right to boot Northstar from their joint venture in the wake of the FBI visit.

Also earlier this month, Northstar sold a Centennial office building it had owned since 2013.

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