Rapidly up and coming Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud, best known for his portrayal of the titular character in the 2019 animated mega-blockbuster “Aladdin,” which has generated more than a billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts, has a new home for all his magic carpets. An eagle-eyed informant snitched, and property records indicate, the 28-year-old actor, currently co-starring in the Hulu noir drama “Reprisal,” has splashed out about $2.2 million for a freshly renovated residence in L.A.’s affluent, über-suburban Encino community.
Located in a quiet, unsung neighborhood, along a pretty street lined with mostly modest and well-maintained homes, the partly wood-clad abode is described in marketing materials as a “modern farmhouse” with four bedrooms and four bathrooms in roughly 3,900 square feet. A legal, detached guest unit with kitchenette adds to the living space, and a comprehensive home automation system controls the state-of-the-art surround sound, climate and security systems.
Just inside the double front doors, an eye-catching, see-through wine cellar is tucked into the awkward triangular space beneath the glass-railed staircase, and wide-plank wood floors flow throughout the meandering, open-concept living and entertaining areas. Beyond an informal dining area and high-end kitchen, the formal dining space steps down to the living room. At the push of a button, a movie automatically screen drops out of the ceiling in front of the living room’s fireplace, while a room-wide bank of glass sliders make for an easy link to the backyard and swimming pool. A main floor bedroom and bathroom is easily converted to a home office or Pilates studio. Two additional en suite bedrooms, one with an exceptionally spacious walk-in closet, are joined on the upper floor by a master retreat complete with fireplace, spa-style bathroom and covered balcony above the backyard.
Back downstairs, a deck outside the living room looks out over a swimming pool and spa that can be lit up in a rainbow of colors via a LED lighting system, and the studio-style guest unit spills out to a lush stretch of lawn. A newly planted hedge will completely screen out the neighboring properties when it grows up and above the high wall that surrounds the property.