Looks like this modern family is getting a decidedly mod real estate upgrade. Veteran “Days of Our Lives” actress Arleen Sorkin and her prolific screenwriter/producer husband Christopher Lloyd have paid a combined $19.6 million for two painstakingly preserved midcentury homes in Beverly Hills, both of them with enviable architectural pedigrees, cinematic walls of glass, and terrazzo aplenty.
Lloyd first became widely known for his executive producer role on “Frasier” in the ’90s, during which time the show won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy. Nowadays, though, he’s probably most famous for being a co-creator, with Steve Levitan, of “Modern Family,” the ABC sitcom juggernaut that recently wrapped after eleven seasons.
The couple have long owned a stately Mediterranean-style mansion in L.A.’s Little Holmby neighborhood — likely valued at somewhere north of $10 million — but it seems they’re ready to explore new real estate pastures. Their quest has led them to a quiet cul-de-sac in a prime 90210 pocket, where the two side-by-side homes sit on knolls high above the street, behind impressively long driveways.
Both properties were sold to Sorkin and Lloyd by the same sellers. Back in February, the owners Jim and Wendy Abrams — he’s the COO of Medline, one of the country’s biggest manufacturer-distributors of healthcare products, she’s the daughter of Medline founder James Mills, the couple are major Democratic Party donors — put the pair on the market for a combined $22 million. The sale price, while significantly less than asking, is still well above the $16.3 million the couple paid for the homes in two recent but separate transactions: one in 2019, the other in 2020.