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Travis VanderZanden is ready to fly the very fancy coop. Though it’s been barely six months since the Bird founder paid “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah $21.7 million for a snazzy Bel Air mansion, the scooter king is flipping the contemporary estate back onto the market.
The new price? It’s just a few feathers under $25 million, which nets the buyer a secluded spot on a quiet cul-de-sac in upper Bel Air sporting a 10,000-square-foot, glass-clad residence with six bedrooms and nine baths. Not to mention some pretty jaw-dropping design elements — like an 11-foot pivoting front door, an Impala Linear limestone staircase, polished glass flooring, 24-foot ceilings and automated walls of glass by Fleetwood, just to name a few amenities. There’s also a gated driveway and three-car attached garage with glass doors, complete with a smoky tint for privacy.
Now in his early 40s, VanderZanden served as COO of Lyft from 2013 until 2014, when he left the company to become vice president of arch-rival Uber. Lyft wound up suing the Wisconsin native for allegedly breaking his confidentiality agreement, with VanderZanden settling with the company for an undisclosed amount while admitting no wrongdoing. He went on to found Bird, an electric scooter-rental service, in 2017.
In 2018, Noah purchased the all-new spec home, designed and developed by builder Jacob Cohan and architect Cyrus Harouni of Hafco & Associates, for $20.5 million. Just over two years later, the South African native shelled out $27.5 million to upgrade to an even larger modern Bel Air manse about a mile away, which necessitated the sale of the smaller property to VanderZanden.
Resting on a one-acre promontory overlooking the Bel-Air Country Club’s scenic golf course, VanderZanden’s gated abode features two levels of open and sun-drenched interiors. Among the highlights: an elegant stone bar showcasing a custom 500-gallon saltwater aquarium, along with a cigar room, spacious den with a leather-finished marble fireplace, dining area looking out onto a weeping wall water feature, movie theater, and maid’s quarters.
A stylish catering kitchen is outfitted with a pair of marble islands, Miele appliances, custom Arclinea cabinetry, climate-controlled wine storage for up to 250 bottles and windows looking out to a lush, living succulent wall, while a 2,200-square-foot master retreat is equipped with a bar, sitting room, dual showroom closets and marble baths, and an 800-square-foot terrace with city-to-ocean views.
The family room sports walls of pocketing Fleetwood glass doors that disappear, allowing for easy access to an al fresco dining patio. Beyond, the park-like backyard offers a sprawling lawn and 62-foot infinity pool with a transparent edge that lends itself once again to breathtaking vistas.
Topping it all off: A Control4 home automation system, and fully automated Lutron shades for playing it cool. Gary Glass of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is the listing agent.
This story first appeared on Dirt.com, which features additional photos.
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