‘Criminal Minds’ Star Joe Mantegna Fishing for a Buyer in Toluca Lake
February 6, 2020
By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Feb 7, 2020
Now the actor and his wife of 45 years, Arlene Vrhel, are ready for a change. They’ve put their stately home on the market for $4.2 million.
Mantegna had bought the home in 1991 for $1,580,000, when the 1989-built residence was relatively new. The family have enhanced and renovated the property over the years, keeping it up with today’s tastes. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom home is light, bright, and expansive, yet still feels warm and cozy, according to listing agent Craig Strong of Compass.
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“When you enter the gates, it truly feels like a private estate, because of the spacious lot and the size of the home,” says Strong, who notes that when a home of this size has four bedrooms, you know all the rooms are going to be sizable.
Possibly the largest and most popular room in the house is the grand media and game room, which features a vaulted ceiling, built-in bar, fireplace, and retractable movie screen.
“It’s the room everyone gravitates to,” says Strong.
The rest of the home has plenty of charm as well. In keeping with the Tudor style, it has a timber, brick, and plaster exterior; diamond-pane, leaded-glass windows; rich hardwood floors; wall moldings; and tray ceilings.
And while the home is traditional in style, some rooms are modern. The kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, a wood-clad island, and recessed lighting—elements which blend seamlessly with the glass-front cabinetry and farmhouse sink.
Off the kitchen is a casual dining area and family room, and the formal dining room is in the front of the house.
French doors lead to a backyard with a large pool and spa, fireplace, patio, and a quaint deck, from where guests and residents can enjoy the manicured lawn and mature landscaping.
The upper level of the house includes an elegant office, a homework room, and a luxe master suite. The latter features a fireplace and sitting area, heated floors, his-and-her closets, a balcony, and a spa bath.
In addition, the upstairs bookcases hide secret rooms. One swings open to reveal two extra bedrooms.
Mantegna, 72, got his start on Broadway, winning Tonys for his performance in original productions of “Hair” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He’s been starring in the CBS TV series “Criminal Minds” since 2007, but has also had recurring roles in “Soap,” “The Starter Wife,” and “The Simpsons.”
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Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on AtHomeInHollywood.com.