'Inspector Gadget' Creator Andy Heyward Lists Bird Streets Property for $7.85 Million (Exclusive)
UPDATED: The former DIC Entertainment CEO's Blue Jay Way residence was designed by architect Paul Williams.
Former DIC Entertainment chairman and CEO Andy Heyward and wife Amy have listed their Paul Williams-designed residence in Los Angeles' bird streets neighborhood for sale.
The three-bedroom Blue Jay Way house is priced at $7.85 million and hit the market June 15. Heyward and his wife purchased the property in March 2010 for $4.75 million. Unlike many of the modern residences that dot the hillsides in the tony bird streets neighborhood above the Sunset Strip, the Heyward residence is an East Coast traditional with a long gated driveway.
"One of the things you do not find in the bird streets is this house's beautiful gates and the long drive with the gas lanterns and pergolas going above the drive," said listing agent John Galich of Rodeo Realty. "And the traditional architecture -- when you get up to the bird streets, they tend to all be 1960s modern. It's a real anomaly that you get this kind of architecture."
The bird streets neighborhood is popular with entertainment industry players who work both behind and in front of the camera. Last fall, THR reported that residents in the neighborhood, which is named after its many avian-themed streets, include A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jodie Foster and Keanu Reeves; musician Herbie Hancock; talk show host Byron Allen; producer Megan Ellison; The Big C showrunner Jenny Bicks; Hustler publisher Larry Flynt; and Sunset Tower Hotel owner Jeff Klein and producer John Goldwyn.
Heyward, a kids TV veteran, co-created the Inspector Gadget cartoon series. He sold his interest in animation production company DIC in 2008. Last year, Heyward launched A Squared Elxsi Entertainment, a joint venture with Indian conglomerate Tata that would create, develop and distribute original entertainment for children, including animation, video games and consumer products.
The 3,560-square-foot residence, which was built in 1966, includes a gym, office and screening room. The master bedroom, living room and dining rooms include fireplaces. The house is situated on a 26,770-square-foot lot and offers sweeping views of the city.