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After Almost 30 Years, the Joe Mantegna House is for Sale

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The Joe Mantegna house — The end of his stay there coincides with the end of his Criminal Minds TV series.

Joe Mantegna house

For nearly 30 years, Joe Mantegna and his family lived in a Tudor-style manor in Toluca Lake, an enclave coveted by entertainment industry pros thanks to its proximity to Warner Brothers, Disney, and Universal studios.

Now, just as Criminal Minds, the series Mantegna starred in for 13 years, airs its last episode, the actor and his wife of 45 years, Arlene Vrhel, are ready for a change, and have put their stately home on the market for $4.2 million.

Mantegna bought the home in 1991 for $1,580,000, when the 1989-built residence was relatively new. The family enhanced and renovated the property over the years, keeping it up with today’s tastes. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom home is light, bright, and expansive, yet still feels warm and cozy, according to listing agent Craig Strong of Compass.

Joe Mantegna house

“When you enter the gates, it truly feels like a private estate, because of the spacious lot and the size of the home,” says Strong, who notes that when a home of this size has only four bedrooms, you know all the rooms are going to be expansive.

Possibly the largest and most popular room in the house is the grand media and game room, which features a vaulted ceiling, built-in bar, fireplace, and retractable movie screen. “It’s the room everyone gravitates to,” says Strong.

Media and game room
Media and game roomrealtor.com

The rest of the home has plenty of charm as well. In keeping with the Tudor style, it has a timber, brick, and plaster exterior; diamond-pane, leaded-glass windows; rich hardwood floors; wall moldings; and tray ceilings.

Joe Mantegna house

And while the home is traditional in style, some rooms are modern. The kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances, a wood-clad island, and recessed lighting—elements which blend seamlessly with the glass-front cabinetry and farmhouse sink.


Off the kitchen is a casual dining area and family room, and the formal dining room is in the front of the house.

Joe Mantegna house


Joe Mantegna house

French doors lead to a backyard with a large pool and spa, fireplace, patio, and a quaint deck, from where guests and residents can enjoy the manicured lawn and mature landscaping.


The upper level of the house includes an elegant office, a homework room, and a luxe master suite. The latter features a fireplace and sitting area, heated floors, his-and-her closets, a balcony, and a spa bath.

Homework room


Master suite


Master bath

In addition, the upstairs bookcases hide secret rooms. One swings open to reveal two extra bedrooms, and another has a built-in doll house.

Joe Mantegna house

Spare bedroom

Mantegna, 72, got his start on Broadway, winning Tonys for his performance in original productions of Hair and Glengarry Glen Ross. He’s been starring in the CBS TV series Criminal Minds since 2007, but has also had recurring roles in Soap,The Starter Wife and The Simpsons.

For more photos and info on the Joe Mantegna house, see my original feature on Realtor.com.

Joe Mantegna house

The Joe Mantegna house — After nearly 30 years, the end of the actor’s stay there coincides with the end of his Criminal Minds TV series.


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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.


  1. Avatar Jerry Mullaney a.k.a Mulldoon on May 18, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Dear Joe,
    Hello and God Bless you!
    You had a spot on The Last Dance … this is where I found out you were a Chicago guy. Me too.
    York H.S Elmhurst, S.I.U. Carbondale, Illinois Tool Works. Corporation – ITW Patent Society Fellow.
    I would be Blessed if I could share, with your writer/ director self, a story inspired by true events in the lives of some POW’s/ MIA’s and their relocation in the U.S. and abroad. I call it Apocalypse Now meets Steve Jobs. I’m Irish and can tell a good story. After you sell your house maybe we could visit.
    Say well. Stay safe. See you soon.
    Jerry Mullaney
    Cell 618 616 3263

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