Few in Hollywood hustle more or work harder than teen idol turned congenial TV presenter and entertainment news stalwart Mario Lopez. For three decades now, you could hardly turn on the boob-tube without seeing his face!
The “Saved by the Bell” alum has not only appeared in dozens of films and television programs, but he also hosted “Entertainment Tonight” for more than ten years before he jumped to rival program “Access Hollywood” in 2019. Deft with a microphone, Lopez hosted a couple seasons of the “X-Factor” along with several Miss American pageants and in 2020, the Miss Universe pageant. He’s written three fitness books, plus a children’s book, and he finished second place on the third season of “Dancing with the Stars.”
All that hustling has not just brought Lopez name-brand recognition around the world but also bank accounts big enough to fork over, per tax records, $9.4 million for a newly completed mansion in sleepy and affluent La Cañada Flintridge, about 15 miles due north of downtown Los Angeles.
Set on nearly 1.25 acres of freshly landscaped grounds that are ringed in stately oaks, the two-story Spanish-inspired residence sprawls over almost 9,300 square feet with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus a trio of powder rooms. Interior finishes include inlaid oak floorboards, wood beams across high ceilings, a massive walnut and marble fireplace in the living room, and bespoke walnut cabinetry in both the top-of-the-line kitchen and the primary bedroom.
Ample formal living and dining rooms are complemented by a home office with walnut built-ins. And in addition to the inviting great room off the kitchen, there’s a lower-level entertainment space that boasts a 600-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar. Other creature comforts include a home theater, a deluxe dog washing station, and overlooking the swimming pool, a pair of elevated loggias, one for al fresco dining and the other for lounging.
Alongside the pool and spa, a spacious open-air pavilion is complete with outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and pool bath, while a quiet terrace nestled under the twisted branches of ancient oaks offers a broad view of the house across the newly sodded yard. Other notable amenities include four fireplaces, an epoxy-floored three-car garage, and state-of-the-art home automation and security systems.
Married since 2012 to actress Courtney (Mazza) Lopez — they met backstage while performing in the 2008 Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line,” Lopez also owns two homes in Burbank, one he picked up way back in 1994 for just $240,000, as well as a big hilltop spread in Glendale that was acquired in 2010 for just under $2 million.