Have a look at this bewitching place!
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.
The house was originally designed and built on a film studio lot in Culver City, CA by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver in 1921.
It was meant to serve as the offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat‘s film studio.
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.
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.
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.
Today, the home is a stylish and fun masterpiece of whimsical fancy.
The Spadena Witch House is now listed as protected Landmark Number 8 in the City of Beverly Hills.
At 3,500 square feet, it is actually much larger than it looks.
Even the kitchen is spacious!
Compare the photos below of the staircase…
There’s lots of great mosaic tile work in the house…
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.”
House Crazy Sarah thinks it is the cat’s meow! Would she live in the Spadena Witch House? You bet she would!