The Spadena Witch House in California

Have a look at this bewitching place!

Witch House in Culver City California

The Witch’s House – also known as the Spadena House – is a storybook-style house in Beverly Hills, California. This well-known landmark is located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue.

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The house was originally designed and built on a film studio lot in Culver City, CA by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver in 1921. 

The Spadena Witch House

Witch House in Culver City California

It was meant to serve as the offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat‘s film studio.

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The structure was deliberately designed to look like a dilapidated whimsical cottage with a pointy, lopsided cat-slide roof, odd angled windows, and an overgrown garden with a moat-like pond.

Spadena Witch House in California

After the studio shut down in 1924, a producer had the house moved to Walden Drive in Beverly Hills where it was reimagined as a private residence.

The Spadena family – its namesake – lived in the home for the next few decades until the 1960s when another family purchased it and renovated the interior.

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By the 1990’s the home had fallen into disrepair but a history-loving real estate agent bought it in 1997 to prevent it from being demolished.

Realtor Michael Libow began a gradual renovation and eventually restored the quirky home inside and out.

The Spadena Witch House

Today, the home is a stylish and fun masterpiece of whimsical fancy.

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The Spadena Witch House is now listed as protected Landmark Number 8 in the City of Beverly Hills.

Spadena Witch House in Beverly Hills

At 3,500 square feet, it is actually much larger than it looks.

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Even the kitchen is spacious!

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Compare the photos below of the staircase

BEFORE:

The Spadena Witch house in California

AFTER:

Spadena Witch House in Beverly Hills

There’s lots of great mosaic tile work in the house…

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The Realtor – Michael Libow – still lives in the Spadena Witch house.

I’m an odd person to begin with, and the home is so odd for its neighborhood.”

Spadena Witch House in Beverly Hills

House Crazy Sarah thinks it is the cat’s meow!  Would she live in the Spadena Witch House? You bet she would!

 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spadena_House

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/witchs-house

https://hiddenca.com/witchs-house-beverly-hills/

https://www.lamag.com/askchris/ask-chris-witchs-house-beverly-hills/

http://decorationdelamaison.blogspot.com/2015/05/sneak-peek-inside-witchs-house-of.html

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