Now Danica McKellar joins the California exodus: Wonder Years actress leaves LA after more than 40 years for new life in rural Tennessee
- McKellar, 46, was 12 when she rose to fame on the ABC sitcom The Wonder Years
- She was born in La Jolla, California, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven
- The actress has now settled on a rural farm about an hour outside of Nashville
- She lives with her second husband Scott Sveslosky, her son Draco (12) from her first marriage and her mother Mahaila.
- McKellar says she and her husband wanted to trade city life for nature
- It’s because many celebrities have left California due to taxes, rising crime in major cities, and the state’s infamous homeless problem.
- Last month, Mark Wahlberg revealed he’s leaving his old LA home in favor of a tax-free Nevada in hopes of giving his kids a “better life.”
She rose to fame at the age of 13 as one of the stars of the TV sitcom The Wonder Years.
But now, after 46 years in California, Danica McKellar has traded her native state for the quieter rural communities of Tennessee.
McKellar, who tied the knot in 2014 with second husband Scott Sveslosky, a lawyer, said: People: ‘My husband and I have wanted more nature for a long time. We were kind of ready not to be in a city anymore.’
She and Scott, along with her son Draco, 12, from her first marriage to composer Mike Verta and her mother Mahaila, are now rooted in a rural home about an hour outside of Nashville.
Big step: Danica McKellar and husband Scott Sveslosky moved from Los Angeles to rural Tennessee, where they now own a multi-acre home (pictured in 2018)
The actress, who will next be seen in the film Christmas at the Drive-In, shared with People that she is very happy that she finally has room to roam.
“For me, frankly, it’s all about the backyard,” McKellar explained of the decision to buy several acres after only having a small backyard in LA.
She even installed a giant trampoline in her new home after wanting one all her life.
“I always jump on that thing,” she said. “We’re thinking about putting in a pool at some point, but I’m like, ‘Yeah, you know what? I’m having a lot of fun as it is.”
Native to California: Until last summer, McKellar had lived in California for all of her 46 years. She was born in La Jolla and moved to LA with her family when she was seven
Former child star: She found fame at age 13 in the TV sitcom The Wonder Years, where she starred opposite Fred Savage. The show ran on ABC from 1988 to 1993
Another draw of the location was the vibrant culture of music and entertainment.
“Memphis and Nashville are both entertainment cities. They are known for their music,” she shared. “Because you’re from LA and you’re an entertainer, it’s nice to have creative people around you.”
McKellar starred opposite Fred Savage on The Wonder Years which ran on ABC from 1988 to 1993.
Her other on-screen credits include The West Wing along with several Hallmark and Lifetime made-for-TV movies.
She is also a math prodigy and has written six non-fiction books, all involving math.
Family Oriented: McKellar is mother to son Draco, 12, from her first marriage to composer Mike Verta. They can be seen in snaps she shared on Instagram during Halloween
Close: Also moving in is McKellar’s mother, Mahaila, who lives on the property with her daughters and her family (pictured in Las Vegas in 2015)
McKellar is the latest celebrity to leave California amid high taxes, rising crime in major cities and the state’s infamous homeless problem.
Last month, Mark Wahlberg revealed that he is leaving his old Los Angeles home in favor of a Nevada tax-free income in hopes of giving his children a “better life.”
Wahlberg’s move to Nevada, which borders California, comes after he put his 12-bedroom, 20-bathroom Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $87.5 million in April this year.
Many celebrities have made their home in the state, with musical artists taking to the stage there to participate in lucrative Vegas residencies, such as Celine Dion, Criss Angel, The Osmonds, Imagine Dragons, and David Copperfield.
Moved: Last month, Mark Wahlberg revealed he is leaving his old LA home in favor of a Nevada tax-free income in hopes of giving his children a “better life” (Pictured in 2015)