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Glass Castle in Bel Air Sells for $39 Million

An unidentified businessman has bought the massive—and somewhat controversial—spec home on Stradella Road in Bel Air for $39 million, according to a listing agent for the property.

The architectural house designed by Paul McClean went on the market in 2014 for $55 million before undergoing a series of price cuts. The home sold on Friday afternoon, listing agent Rayni Williams told Mansion Global about an hour after the closing.

Ms. Williams, one of several listing agents, and buyer’s agent Fred Bernstein of Westside Estate Agency said they could not reveal the identity of the new owner. Ms. Williams would only say that the buyer was an American businessman.

The techy glass castle is built into a celebrity-speckled hill in Bel Air, which offers panoramic views over Los Angeles and the ocean.

The 14,200-square-foot home is a network of open entertainment spaces. Staggered living rooms flow into each other and onto an outdoor deck through a series of automatic doors and collapsing glass walls, the listing explains.

One of the spaces includes a lounge with a sleek, glossy full bar with seating for four (and probably more). There’s also a separate catering kitchen and an underground, 10-car garage.

Some elements indicate the home was built for more than your average bon vivant. For instance, the wine-cellar is secured by thumbprint recognition.

The seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom house also has a billiards room, a luxurious-looking home theater, a gym with a steam room and a master suite with dual showroom-sized walk-in closets.

Design-wise, the estate defies any notion that Southern California is in the throes of drought. There’s a lush lawn of green grass, a 90-foot infinity pool in addition to smaller reflection pools.

At one point, the building’s water use came under fire as neighbors complained about a regular rill of water emptying into the street from the property, The New York Times reported in 2015.

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