Trevor Noah has sold his big Bel Air mansion for $26.4 million. While a huge amount of money by any standard, that number is also well below the $29.7 million the South African comedian and Emmy-winning host of “The Daily Show” originally wanted for the swanky digs, and it’s also more than a million less than he paid architect Mark Rios and his husband Guy Ringler for the place a little over a year ago, back in December 2020.
Records suggest the buyer is also some sort of celebrity and may even be a top executive at HYBE America, the U.S. arm of the South Korean management agency for global K-pop sensation BTS. Jonah Wilson of Hilton & Hyland served as the listing agent, with the buyer repped by Marc Bretter of Maywood Property Group, though neither broker could be reached for comment.
Resting on almost an acre of land, tucked away behind a gated motorcourt and separate gated staff entrance, the boxy structure was built in 2014. Inside, six bedrooms and 9.5 baths are spread across 11,375 square feet of living space on three levels, complete with glitzy amenities ranging from a library, gym and club room, to a wine room sporting a hidden door that opens to an elevator. Floor-to-ceiling walls of glass spanning the entire rear of the home offer sweeping ocean and mountain views.
Highlights include a fireside living room boasting a wood-beam ceiling and wide-plank oak floors from Germany, plus glassy panels that slide open to reveal seamless indoor-outdoor environs. A formal dining room connects to a den, and the gourmet kitchen is outfitted with an eat-in island. Five ensuite bedrooms include a sumptuous master retreat adorned with dual walk-in wardrobes and baths.
Outdoors, the manicured grounds host a fireside conversation pit, an open-air pavilion with an outdoor bar and kitchen, and a large infinity-edge pool lording over a subterranean Japanese-style spa featuring a wooden tub, sauna, and massage and changing rooms. Topping it all off: a rooftop terrace that doubles as a screening room.
Noah, 38, has helmed Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” since 2015. In 2017, he inked a contract extension that will keep him in the host’s chair through the end of 2022. His permanent residence is in New York, where he maintains a $10 million Manhattan penthouse. Astute real estate watchers may also recall that Noah also once owned another big Bel Air mansion that he bought in 2018 for $20.5 million and sold two years later for $21.7 million to tech CEO Travis VanderZanden.