Now that she’s been released from TV jail, with “Orange Is the New Black” having wrapped in 2019, Selenis Leyva has relaxed and secured herself a residential outpost in Woodland Hills, the suburban community lying deep within L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. The veteran actress (rant-prone Gloria Mendoza on “OITNB,” Monica Warren in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Gabi Cañero-Reed in the Disney+ series “Diary of a Future President”), long based in her native New York, paid nearly $1.4 million for the West Coast outpost.
Perched in the foothills and accessible only via a secluded dead-end street, the 1971 structure spans about 3,300 square feet of living space and is best described as a typical ’70s suburban L.A. tract house that’s been dramatically expanded and renovated into “artistic architectural splendor” with a “special Topanga Canyon vibe,” per the listing, a reference to the hippy-dippy-turned-boho-chic community tucked into the mountains between Malibu and the Valley.
From the street, the gated house is unmemorable, with little more than its two-car garage door and wee front lawn on display. But inside, things are light and bright, with contemporary finished that include an off-white color scheme throughout, medium brown hardwood floors, and a newly redesigned chef’s kitchen with designer stainless appliances.
The property notably lacks a traditional living room; instead, there’s one giant living space that encompasses the kitchen area, which sports not one but three storage pantries, and an adjoining family room with wood-beamed ceilings and big picture windows and frame three of the walls. Panoramic views sweep over the San Fernando skyline.