SELLER: Joseph Campanella
LOCATION: Studio City, CA
SIZE: 2,108 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus guesthouse
UPDATE (11-18-16): This post was amended to show the property is in Studio City and not Toluca Lake.
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A Studio City, Calif., home featured on the 1990s sitcom “Boy Meets World” and owned for the last decade by veteran actor Joseph Campanella has come to market with an asking price of $1.595 million. The circa 1940 Cape Cod-style cottage, tucked behind what listing details call “tall privacy hedges” and shaded by dense canopies of mature trees, was acquired by Mister Campanella in April 2006 for $1.289 million and current listing details show the approximately 2,500-square-foot house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus separate and self-contained guest or staff quarters.
The exterior is charming in an East Coast sort of way with a narrow front porch laid with bricks and interior spaces, which are — let’s be honest butter beans — in dire need of a decorative update, open to a slightly cramped center hall entry with frilly floral wallpaper. An amply proportioned formal living room has hardwood floors, a couple of built-in bookcases and a fireplace between gloriously gigantic, shutter-covered 56-pane floor-to-ceiling sash windows. The hardwood floors extend in to the formal dining room, which has a pair of smaller but also impressive 24-pane floor-to-ceiling sash windows, but switch to a dizzying, intricately patterned laminate in the well-maintained if definitely dated kitchen that opens an adjoining den with more interestingly over-sized multi-paned floor-to-ceiling windows. Upstairs the master bedroom has a fireplace and private covered veranda. The separate and self-contained guesthouse, tacked on to the backside of the detached two-car garage, includes a kitchenette, bathroom and corkscrew staircase that winds up to a bedroom area tucked up into the steeply pitched roof.
Mister Campanella, now in his 90s, may not nowadays be a household name in the vein of George Clooney or Matt LeBlanc but over the course of his 60-year career as an actor he was a movie and television staple. Just a few of his many dozens of credits include the 1960s hospital drama “The Doctors and the Nurses,” the 1970s hospital drama “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” the late ‘60s and early ‘70s crime-drama “Mannix,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination, the 1970s sitcom “One Day at a Time,” and the 1980s primetime soap story “The Colbys.” In more recent years Mister Campanella, an honorary sheriff of Toluca Lake and a decorated knight of the Order of the Republic of Italy, popped up for a while on “The Practice” and from 1995-2005 he held down a recurring role on the long-running daytime soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”