It took nearly four years on and off the market at a variety of asking prices, but three-time Emmy nominated film and television screenwriter/producer Wellesley Wild has finally sold his home in L.A.’s Beverly Hills Post Office, a vast area covered by the coveted 90210 zip code but serviced by the City of Los Angeles rather than Beverly Hills.
The $6.4 million sale price represents a half million-dollar discount off the almost $7 million price it was given when it popped onto market just after the first of this year, but it’s still a nice chunk above the not quite $6 million at which it was listed in 2019 and ’20 and, more importantly for Wild, a profitable amount above the $5.6 million that was paid in 2014.
According to tax records, the home’s new owner is Seattle-based businessman Jim Lico, CEO of Fortive, a diversified conglomerate that Fortune magazine ranked in 2020 as one of the most admired companies in the world. The property was listed with “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” star Josh Flagg of Douglas Elliman; Lico was represented in the transaction by Ari Afshar of Compass.
On almost half an acre hidden behind a double-gated drive that arches up to the front of the clapboard-clad house, marketing materials describe the close to 4,400-square-foot home as a six-bedroom and six-and-a-half-bath “East Coast Traditional” that showcases numerous “designer touches.” Lustrous walnut floors are offset by art-friendly cotton-white walls, ceilings are decked out with stacked moldings and nearly floor-to-ceiling French doors open many of the main floor rooms to the backyard. Throughout the house are an eclectic array of contemporary light fixtures and in-ceiling speakers.
The foyer gives way to a window-lined formal living room, and the dove-grey gourmet kitchen is ideally positioned between the formal dining room, family room and brick-paved loggia that overlooks the swimming pool. There’s a staff or guest room on the main floor, along with a bonus room/home office, while the five second-floor bedrooms include a master suite replete with dual walk-in closets, a marble bath, and a quiet terrace.
Outside, grass and brick terracing surround the azure mosaic-tiled swimming pool, an elaborate children’s play structure incudes a tiny climbing wall, and terraces notched into the wooded hillside that rises behind the house provide leafy views.
Wild wrote and produced the screamingly successful Mark Wahlberg starring comedy “Ted” and the also hugely profitable sequel “Ted 2”, which together did almost three quarters of a billion dollars in worldwide receipts. He also earned three Emmy nominations as an executive producer on the hit animated series “Family Guy” before he went on to co-develop the re-boot and serve as showrunner on the Steven Spielberg-produced animated musical comedy series “Animaniacs,” an updated version of the 1990s series by the same name.
Lico, whose compensation package totaled more than $13.5 million in 2020, and his wife Maureen may be looking to spend more time in Los Angeles, but records show they’ve still got a deluxe spread in Seattle, a 7,500-square-foot traditional with a private dock on the shore of Union Bay, which they scooped up in 2013 for almost $6.5 million.