She’s just 22 years old, but Yara Shahidi has been working steadily for well over a decade, beginning with modeling and acting in dozens of print advertisements and TV commercials while still in elementary school. By the time she was 10, her ad credits included everything from McDonald’s and Target to Disney and Ralph Lauren.
But the Minneapolis native’s real big break came in 2014, when she was cast as teenager Zoey Johnson in the hit ABC sitcom “Black-ish,” portraying the eldest child of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross’s characters. The show ran for eight seasons, drawing big viewership numbers and favorable reviews. Today, Shahidi is the lead cast member on currently-airing “Black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish”; in 2020, she inked a deal with ABC Studios to form her own production company to develop and produce TV projects.
Shahidi was also a full-time student until very recently — last month, she officially graduated from Harvard University. And to celebrate that milestone achievement, she’s bought herself one very epic graduation present: a $4.8 million home in Los Angeles. The property in question is located in La Cañada Flintridge, a low-key but very affluent L.A. suburb near Angeles National Forest, where other notable residents include Donald Glover, Angela Bassett and “How I Met Your Mother” creator Carter Bays.
Nestled at the very end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a particularly quiet La Cañada neighborhood pocket, the 5,700-square-foot house was built in the late 1980s. Recently updated, the Spanish hacienda-influenced structure features a windowless façade consisting of dual two-car garages separated by a gated entryway. Beyond the gates, stairs leads visitors to a courtyard with colorful tile, hanging gardens and a fountain. The home’s double front doors are hand-carved, and open into a living room with 20-foot ceilings.
Per the listing, there are four bedrooms on the premises, including two separate master suites; both those suites feature their own fireplace and renovated spa-style bathrooms with soaking tubs. The eat-in kitchen has also been remodeled and now flaunts quartz countertops and premium appliances. In the backyard, stairs lead down to a palm tree-surrounded patio with a swimming pool.
The one-acre hillside lot is blessed with terraced gardens and meandering pathways that lead down to what is perhaps the property’s most unusual feature — a detached billiards room that could easily be converted into an art studio, screening room or private office.