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Spadena House, Beverly Hills

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 and 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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  • Located in the Beverly Hills mansion suddenly and emerge the Spadena House is so cute. It seems as if in a fairy tale. Because it was Halloween after I visited the Duchesse of Halloween decorations.
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  • Girlfriend and I were in LA a few years back when we heard about this magical place. We loved the place. Tons of character and attention to details. Sort of like the place where a Tim Burton character...  more »
  • The location of the house cannot be missed.Very impressive desiqn, so realistic including the landscape from the inside to the street side. Its only about 4 min drive from Rodeo drive, so check it out...  more »
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  • We took a spontaneous trip up to Los Angeles from San Diego and made our way through most of the well known spots but what caught my interest was this house that was on one of the lists for the top rated most local attractions that I never heard about. So after lunch we set out to look for said house and we're amazed to pull up to this colossal and very awesome "witch house"! As unfortunate as it is that you cannot enter the house it's still great to see from the outside and glad that pictures are welcomed. Definitely a must see if you're in the area, so oddly placed but executed well!
  • Also known as the Witches house of Beverly Hills I so loved this house Very well done Who knew it was just in the middle of a neighborhood The plants & garden were amazing Everything you need for a witch to make potions & cast spells They say on Halloween they let you inside but there is a Guy that lives there full time So be courteous of that. You gotta see this place Looks like a Disney movie set! But it's a real lived in house
  • house used from sabrina witch TV show. Awesome place to see, its near rodeo drive in Beverly Hills. unique place that looks like a witches house in a block filled with mini mansions. you can go there to be only in front of the house and take pics. Definitely a unique place to check out if you are in the city of Beverly hills. A little hidden secret gem in city of Los Angeles
  • Must detour and see this place! Multiple tourists around, and the family that lives there seems okay with people outside (just stay on the sidewalk!). It will absolutely make you smile! Plus for any fans of the movie ‘Clueless’ this house was seen briefly in the movie.
  • Gorgeous. Creative. Imaginative. Excellent display of who is probably an animated and lovely human beings creative mind.
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