Child star turned adult actor and thrill seeker Mark-Paul Gosselaar has sold a spacious family home in a prime pocket of L.A.’s Sherman Oaks community in an off-market deal valued at $5.3 million. There must have been some stiff competition for the property because the sale price is a notable $100,000 over than the official asking price.
One of just seven homes at the end of a cul-de-sac in the affluent foothills south of Ventura Boulevard and north of Mulholland Drive, with gorgeous views of the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains, Gosselaar and his second wife, Catriona McGinn, turned a tidy profit on the five-bedroom and five-bath home they purchased in 2014 for $2.3 million.
Best known for his role as beau-hunky teen Zack Morris in the iconic 1990s teen sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” and its current streaming reboot, in which his character has become the governor of California and which has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, Gosselaar has also held down roles on “Franklin & Bash,” Pitch,” and, more recently, “Mixed-ish.” He’s also a sports car enthusiast, race car driver, track cyclist, dirt biker, Jui Jitsu practitioner and licensed pilot.
The close-to-5,800-square-foot home, which adheres to no distinct architectural style, was made available as a rental in 2017 at $13,500 per month but has since been extensively remodeled to combine traditional details with the modern-day hallmarks of a contemporary home in Southern California. Open-plan living spaces designed to facilitate indoor-outdoor living showcase wide-plank European white oak floorboards, custom wrought iron work, designer wallpaper, and lots of custom cabinetry. The property’s numerous high-tech luxuries includes a home automation system, surround sound and a camera-equipped security system.
Configured as an “upside-down” house, with the main living spaces on the upper floor, the formal living room opens to the backyard for what marketing materials describe as “elegant and casual entertaining.” The high-end kitchen, which has up-to-date appliances, a walk-in butler’s pantry and backyard access, also includes a Valley-view breakfast room.
There are three guest and family bedrooms on the lower floor, each with a private bath, along with a children’s playroom and a mirrored gym. Another en-suite guest bedroom is located on the upper level, along with the main suite, which includes a huge walk-in closet and glass doors to the backyard.
Nestled into a steep and rugged hillside, the backyard has been totally reimagined since the house was available as a rental in 2017. At that time, there was no swimming pool but, since then, a solar-heated pool and spa with an ozone filtration system and an electric cover has been added. There’s also a dining pergola with a full outdoor kitchen complete with barbecue and smoker, plus drought tolerating landscaping that includes top-quality fake grass.
The property was listed with Stephen Apelian of Coldwell Banker Realty, while the buyers were represented by Alexander Vichinsky and James Harris, both with The Agency.