Having upgraded to a bigger, newer, more expensive mansion in L.A.’s La Cañada Flintridge suburb, affable media personality Mario Lopez, currently the co-host of entertainment news program “Access Hollywood,” has unsurprisingly put his longtime home in the foothills above Glendale up for grabs at $6.5 million.
The asking price not only makes Lopez’s digs the most expensive home currently on the market in Glendale but if it sells for anywhere near its asking price, it will by far be the most expensive home to sell in Glendale over the last five years. For those not ready to commit to a multimillion-dollar purchase, the property is also available as a rental at $25,000 per month.
Not counting improvement expenses and real estate fees, the former child actor, a teen heart throb thanks to his role as A.C. Slater on the 1990s cult-favorite sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” stands to more than triple the not quite $2 million he paid for the property a dozen years ago.
Built in 1929, the house was dubbed Lorelei by its original owner, Peter Damm, the inventor of the armored car. According to the Glendale Register of Historic Resources and Historic Districts, Damm had scale models of the turreted Mediterranean residence placed on different areas the property to figure out the best location to “take maximum advantage of solar energy.” Comprised of four parcels, the property spans more than two-thirds of an acre, with sweeping mountain views, according to listings held by Dan Sanchez of Dilbeck Real Estate.
Set at the bottom of a long, gated driveway, the three-story residence offers about 6,200 square feet with six bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms. A guest apartment adds another 1,000 square feet of living space with a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Extensively updated over the years, authentic architectural details, such as arched windows and wood beams on the ceiling, coexist with glamorous flourishes that include glossy inlaid wood floors, shimmery silver walls and, in the kitchen, elaborately carved millwork and a built-in dining booth set into a stone arch with pewter leather banquettes. Other highlights include a step-down living room plenty large enough to accommodate a grand piano, not to mention a couple of black leather chesterfields, a family room with an arched fireplace, and a semi-circular dining room complete with bar area.
The primary suite offers a beamed and vaulted ceiling in the bedroom and, in the lavish bathroom, a wrought-iron spiral staircase that winds down to a huge fitness room/dance studio with mirrors on one wall and a row of floor-to-ceiling arched windows on the other.
On a promontory bathed in sunlight, the grounds include a swimming pool and spa surrounded by a vast terrace. An arched poolside loggia features retractable canvas shades, heaters and fire pits, while an entertainer’s outdoor kitchen and grilling area is complete with ice maker and beer tap. Below the pool, grassy landscaped terraces include a trampoline and a bocce ball court.
In addition to the brand-spanking-new 9,300-square-foot mansion in La Cañada Flintridge that he and his wife, former Broadway actress Courtney Mazza Lopez — she co-hosts Lopez’s nationally syndicated iHeart radio program “On with Mario Lopez,” scooped up last month for almost $9.4 million, Lopez owns a couple other more modest homes in Burbank, one he bought in 1994 for about $240,000 and the other he picked up in 2004 for $1.35 million.