With his tongue in his cheek, Scott Baio teased in a November 2020 tweet to Mitt Romney that he might move to Utah to play some golf and unseat him in the U.S. Senate. (Baio also claimed in the same tweet that his wife was still waiting on a $2,600 refund for a Beverly Hills political fundraiser luncheon that Romney’s wife canceled!)
Now 62, Baio is probably best known to TV-watching audiences of a certain age as handsome high schooler Chachi Arcola on the iconic 1970s and ‘80s sitcom “Happy Days,” and its less iconic spin-off “Joanie Loves Chachi.” His showbiz career went on to span five decades, but nowadays, he’s more likely grokked by politically engaged younger generations for his dabbling in conservative politics; he has been a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, and he spoke on opening night at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The veteran actor and golf fanatic didn’t pack up and move to Utah — and no word on whether the $2,600 was refunded — but he and his former stuntwoman wife, Renée Baio, have now decided to part with their longtime home in L.A.’s affluent and relatively unsung community of Woodland Hills. The asking price is $3.85 million, more than double the $1.85 million tax records show were paid for the family-sized suburban home in late 2010.
A long way from Milwaukee, where “Happy Days” was set, the mid-1980s pan-Mediterranean home is tucked into the foothills south of Ventura Boulevard within a small, gated enclave of similarly sized homes built in a variety of styles. With just over 6,300 square feet, the five-bedroom and four-and-a-half-bath home sits on almost half an acre of mostly flat property.
While the vast kitchen has been comprehensively updated with a 12-foot-long island, all sorts of high-end appliances, a walk-in pantry, and a jewel-toned decorative scheme, most of the home is a bit dated and awash in tans, beiges and browns. The double-height living room, with tufted brocade settees and a grand piano, has a fireplace and herringbone-pattern oak floorboards that continue into the dining room, where there are mirrored panels on the ceiling. With a fireplace and custom-built office area, the family room overlooks the backyard and up the curved staircase, a home theater seats nine or ten in dark-brown leather theater recliners. Guest bedrooms are standard, while the primary suite offers two walk-in closets and a sitting area with another fireplace.
The flat backyard provides lots of terracing, a koi pond, some patchy grass, and a crystalline swimming pool and spa accented with lapiz blue tiles. The property backs up to protected open space, adding a permanent sense of privacy.
They may not have opted to move to Utah a few years ago, but the Baios are certainly in the mood to shake up their real estate portfolio now. In addition to their Woodland Hills home, records show they own a two-bedroom desert getaway near Palm Springs in La Quinta that is also up for sale at almost $500,000.