Here's one you are unlikely to spy in Variety's Dirt column: "Inspector Gadget" creator Andy Heyward has bought a house in Bel-Air from the show-biz publication's owner, Jay Penske, and his wife, Elaine Irwin, for $7.25 million. Take that Yolanda Yaketyyak -- to figuratively shake a fist at the frequent anonymous source cited in Variety's celebrity real estate column.
Set behind a gated driveway on more than an acre, the 2011 traditional-style house is sided with brown shakes accented by white trim. A motor court, an infinity pool and an expansive lawn make up the grounds.
Within the 5,040 square feet of living space is a step-down living room with a fireplace, an open-plan dining room, a library and a den. Off the media room is a temperature-controlled wine room. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Wrap-around terraces reveal city to ocean views and create a spot for outdoor dining. The garage/gym has space for three cars.
Heyward, who turns 66 on Feb. 19, is the former head of the animation production company DiC Entertainment, which was sold in 2008. He is the chairman and chief executive of Genius Brands International, which focuses on “content with a purpose” for children.
Penske, the son of auto magnate Roger Penske, owns Variety magazine, Variety.com and Deadline.com, among others, through his Penske Media Corp.
Irwin is a model and the former wife of musician John Mellencamp.
Public records show the property previously changed hands in 2003 for $1.95 million.
Myra Nourmand of Nourmand & Associates was the listing agent. Bahar Soomekh represented Heyward.