Tour Eric Mabius's California Home

The actor gives us an exclusive tour of his modern mountain-view home in California.
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Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

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Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Poolside Seating

A cozy built-in bench provides a perfect place to dine while admiring mountainous views.

Inside Eric's Estate

Actor Eric Mabius has played everything from a prep school athlete in the film Cruel Intentions to an ambiguous villain in the BBC sci-fi series Outcasts. Fans of the hit ABC series Ugly Betty who swooned over his portrayal of Daniel Meade, a womanizing magazine executive, will get a chance to see Eric shine in another romantic comedy when the Hallmark Channel premieres How to Fall in Love, an original TV movie, on Saturday, July 21, at 9 pm ET. When he's not on set, Eric spends time with his wife and two children in their five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Topanga, Calif. The actor gave us a tour of his secluded residence and shared what home life means to him.

Inviting Architecture

Soaring ceilings and interesting woodwork can be found throughout the actor's postmodern Italian-style home. "It's angular, but the lines don't feel harsh," Eric says.

Smart Expansion

Built in the early 1990s as the architect's personal residence, the house now suits the needs of Eric and his family. "We tracked [the architect] down and did a major addition with his help over the last three or four years," Eric says.

A Perfect Match

Although it wasn't exactly what they were looking for, Eric and his wife instantly fell in love with their Topanga home. "[Our real estate agent] said there's this place that's farther out than you want and more than you want to pay. But we loved it," he says.

Romantic Touches

Plush seat covers lend a dreamy feel to the sun-drenched dining room.

Earthy Artwork

Rustic details offer a glimpse into Eric's childhood growing up in the small town of Warren, Mass. "We didn't have much money, so we baked our own bread and picked blueberries to make jam," he says. "We heated our house with a wood stove and cut our own wood."

Family-Centric Space

"My favorite room is the master bedroom," Eric says. "We enjoy spending a lot of time there, and the kids sense that, so they come up to be with us."

Master Suite Amenities

The master suite's adjacent balcony overlooks the ocean, while the fireplace warms the space on chilly nights.

Scenic Surroundings

"We have views of the mountains behind us and the ocean in front of us," Eric says. The property's infinity-edge pool is a prime place to check out the stunning vistas.

Backyard Fun

"Home life is where I recharge my batteries," Eric says. "I see a lot of parents trying to fill up their kids' schedules all the time, but here, the outdoors is the activity."

Bountiful Property

"I've got a lot of land and have a decent orchard going here," Eric says. "We've been pulling hundreds of pounds of peaches from the trees and making pies and ice cream with them. We have 50 to 60 trees with 15 different kinds of fruit."