Six months after she accidentally and tragically drowned at just 33 years old while boating with her surviving son on Ventura County’s Lake Piru in July 2020, the last home of late actor Naya Rivera has come to market at not quite $2.7 million.
The former child actor, model and singer, who found pop culture fame portraying lesbian teen Santana Lopez on the hit series “Glee,” quietly acquired the freshly rehabbed 1930s traditional (via an inscrutable trust) over the summer of 2018 in and off-market deal valued at $2.6 million.
Obscured behind high hedging, secured behind locked gates and fortified with a top-notch security system, the not quite 2,800-square foot classic center-hall Colonial smoothly incorporates original architectural elements, such as scalloped detailing on the fireplace in the step-down living room, with the clean lines and open spaces of a home designed for today’s lifestyle.
Honey-toned wide-plank (and definitely not original) floorboards flow throughout the main floor’s living room and dining room, which is furnished as a den, as well as the sunny eat-in kitchen. The main floor additionally includes a library/office painted a dark mossy green and a dramatic bathroom where the steely grey paint and tile work is offset with over-scaled floral wallpaper on the ceiling. The home’s four bedrooms and three bathrooms include a cozily proportioned master suite under a vaulted ceiling with a nicely fitted walk-in closet and a modern bathroom emblazoned with graphic black and white tiles on the floor.
An ample second floor balcony overlooks the not particularly large but totally redone backyard that offers a detached two-car garage, a large terrace with built-in grill, a plunge-sized swimming pool and a romantic dining patio nipped away beyond an orange tree under the leafy arbors of trees and foliage that provide visual privacy from the neighbors.
Rivera previously made her home in another 1930s East Coast traditional, also in the Los Feliz area. She scooped the roughly 4,300-square-foot home in 2013 for $2.6 million and sold in in July 2018 for $3.55 million to artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell. (Avid celeb real estate watchers will recall that right about the time they bought the Los Feliz home Pittman and Dowell sold their much more idiosyncratic 5.7-acre compound in the surburban foothills of La Crescenta for $4.25 million to Red Hot Chili Pepper Michael “Flea” Balzary.)