The prewar Los Angeles-area residence Mario Lopez listed last summer at $6.5 million is back with a goodly sized price reduction. The 1929-built Spanish-style — with 7,200 sq. ft. and seven bedrooms, a larger example — is currently tagged at $5.15 million by the actor and television personality. A few weeks before the home popped up on the open market, Lopez had acquired a new, nearly 10,000 square-footer in La Cañada Flintridge to come home to.
With design flourishes that include a turreted staircase, a red tile roof and a white stucco exterior, the home sits as a stalwart Los Angeles traditionalist amid the green of its lawns and palms. The design breaks into wings, and on one side ends with a large patio inset with a swimming pool. Its dark wood double-door entryway is distinguished by a terra-cotta tile courtyard decorated with a water fountain, while a sheltered balcony looks down shyly from above.
Inside, the house offers a wealth of options immediately with a multi-portal foyer dressed up with Moroccan-pattern tile. Dead ahead is a step-down waiting room with dark-finished oak floors inlaid with decorative border, while dark wood crown molding acts as a sympathetic presence overhead.
As the home progresses, the period details accumulate wonderfully. The list includes beamed ceilings, a kiva fireplace, arched interior French doors, and wrought iron. The kitchen and dayroom feature newer, contrasting wide-plank hardwood floors; views from the room are very fine by virtue of a picture window over the farmhouse sink and counter area.
Other details and spaces of note: the master bedroom, with its eccentric beamed ceiling, the spiral staircase in the master bath, and the entertainment space currently purposed as a voluminous and light-filled upper-level dance and exercise studio.