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‘Criminal Minds’ Star Joe Mantegna Fishing for a Buyer in Toluca Lake

By Lisa Johnson Mandell | Feb 7, 2020

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For nearly 30 years, Joe Mantegna and his family lived in a Tudor-style manor in Toluca Lake, CA, an enclave coveted thanks for its proximity to Warner Brothers, Disney, and Universal studios.

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.

Toluca Lake Tudor
Toluca Lake

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.

Media and game room
Media and game

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.

Living room

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.

Dining area and family room
Dining area and family
Formal dining room
Formal dining

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.

Outdoor dining area
Outdoor dining area

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.

Homework room
Master suite
Master bath

In addition, the upstairs bookcases hide secret rooms. One swings open to reveal two extra bedrooms.

Bookcase with built-in dollhouse
Bookcase with built-in
Spare bedroom
Spare bedroom

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.”

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning writer who covers lifestyle, entertainment, real estate, design, and travel. Find her on