Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!
It’s an iconic zip code, and a city filled with beautiful houses of all shapes and sizes. And, let’s face it, we all love to look at Beverly Hills mansions, don’t we?
Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!
Then there’s THIS!
Notice all the tourists here in Beverly Hills? They gather daily to check out one of the most unique attractions in the 90210 zip code!
Located on the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue, this house is just steps away from the ritzy 90210 shopping area of Beverly Hills – but it looks like a world away!
To me it looks like it was part of “The Hobbit” – that unique design from all of Peter Jackson’s movies…here is the real story of this magical house:
First Thing To Know: It’s Called “The Spadena House!”
Here his how wikipedia describes it:
“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.”
They go on to report:
“The 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.”
Here is what the house looks like up close:
Yes, those crows may not be real, but they add some really fun atmosphere to the landscape, along with many signs that ask you please not to trespass, but why would you? You can see everything from the street!
My friend Alison Martino wrote the best story about the house – how can you top this intro?
“I grew up trick or treating on Halloween in the late ’70s and early ’80s at the Witch’s House. The owners at that time would dress up as ghosts and goblins and hand out taffy from a witch’s kettle. There was dry ice coming from the moat around the house and Disney’s Haunted Mansion soundtrack could be heard out the upstairs window. It was an event.”
Alison wrote this intro for her great Los Angeles Magazine story on the house…which explains how a terrific Real Estate Agent saved the house from demolition – you can see that great story here:
Alison has a terrific website, “Vintage Los Angeles”, that tells the great stories of Hollywood’s past, and you can see all of them at her website here:
I’ve posted a number stories about great Beverly Hills landmarks – some cool houses like this, some right over your head:
That’s right, Beverly Hills has wild parrots – lots of them! Check them out here:
Let me know if you’ve seen “The Witch’s House” up close!