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Spadena House, Beverly Hills

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The Spadena House, also known as The Witch's House, is a storybook house in Beverly Hills, California. Located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue, it is known for its fanciful, intentionally dilapidated design, and is a landmark included on tours of the area.HistoryThe house was designed by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver, who went on to play a major role in Storybook architecture. Oliver was a Hollywood art director who worked on more than 30 films between 1919 to 1938 as art director, art department & as set decorator. It was originally built in 1921 to serve as the offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat's film studio in Culver City, and was moved to its present location in 1934. The converted private home, with its pointy, lopsided roof, tiny windows and stucco with a distressed paint job were then surrounded by an intentionally overgrown English-style garden and a moat-like pond.The first residents of the 3500sqft home, the Spadena family, lent the house their name. A second family moved in and renovated the interior in the 1960s, making some exterior alterations including a skylight visible from certain angles. The moat began leaking under the second family's ownership and they filled it with soil, and planted a garden. By the time the house came on the market again in 1997, it had fallen into disrepair. Because of the value of its prime location, it was unable to immediately find a buyer uninterested in a teardown of the property. Consequently Michael Libow, a real estate agent, who did not want to see the home demolished, purchased it and began a gradual renovation. After tall, black fencing was initially placed around the lot, the owner received hate mail from people who thought he was going to tear it down.
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  • I grew up going there on Halloween and driving friends and relatives from out of town to see it. It is not to be missed. You cannot go inside because people live there, but the outside is just the per...  more »
  • The most interesting and quirky house near Santa Monica Boulevard was created by renowned art director Harry Oliver Hollywood movies (Ben-Hur, Black pirate) and moved here in the 1930 's, a very popular place for Halloween, inside not allowed, can be photographed only from the outside. this gem on Beverly Hills, owned by a local real estate broker. all tour buses come here. Nearby there is free parking.
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  • Located just off of Wilshire Blvd on Walden Drive. Easy to find! The house was used in a movie and then moved to Beverly Hills. 
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  • I didn't get out of the car because I felt silly standing in front of someone's private property, but my husband was totally willing to get out and take pictures. He said it was fun and worth a look -- and now I'm kinda regretting I didn't look when I was in the area. Hop out and appreciate all the details that have gone into this little gem!
  • WITCHES HOUSE! NOT SPEDENA! The owner has done a beautiful job with this house. Clever signs and the buzzard in the tree is great. Thank you.
  • An interesting concept for a house.It really looks like a witch house. Another couple were here and also took pictures. It's close to one of the main streets through Beverly Hills, which I drove a lot, but never saw this house before. It's a hidden gem. Make sure you stop by. Don't pick the berries or the witch will get mad.
  • What a cool house.
  • Well design