He portrays Angel Reyes, a hard-edged and key member of a cutthroat motorcycle gang on “Mayans M.C.,” the hit “Sons of Anarchy” television spinoff. But in real life, Clayton Cardenas seems more fond of the reserved and traditional, as indicated by his choice of residence. The actor, 38, recently dropped about $1.7 million to buy a nicely maintained 1940s house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood.
Nestled into the foothills where Studio City meets the Hollywood Hills, the cozy structure sits well above the street, behind a long driveway and an orderly front ivy garden. Tall hedges shield most of the 2,000-square-foot home from public view, and there’s a two-car attached garage for convenient egress and ingress.
Inside, perhaps the most unexpected amenity is the handmade terracotta tile floors, which flow throughout much of the house. A multitude of French doors and large windows fill the place with natural light, and the step-down living room boasts original crown molding and a wood-burning fireplace. Recently updated, the kitchen features contemporary appliances and quartz countertops.
There’s a single bedroom on the main level, ideal for a work-from-home office, plus two larger bedrooms upstairs separated by a fireplace-equipped media room. The master suite includes a spa-style bath and two separate closets; while there’s no private balcony, the big windows offer views of the leafy surrounding hills.
Due to the third-of-an-acre property’s perch on its sloped lot, outdoor space is somewhat limited. But per the listing, the “Zen garden area” sports multiple water features, and the various patios surrounding the home have ample space for al fresco dining and entertaining. And best of all, the terraced backyard is shaded by numerous mature oak trees, in addition to the mature palms that stand guard out front.
Born and raised in the L.A. suburb of West Covina, Cardenas is best known for his “Mayans M.C.” starring role but has also appeared in episodes of “Law & Order,” “S.W.A.T.” and “American Crime.”