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Spadena House

Spadena House, CA
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 … See more


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Oct 4, 2022
This beautifully kept home is created to look like a charming Haunted House and grounds. Only able to walk around the exterior of the property. . They had spiders, crows etc decorating the gates, fen… Full review by nikkisD5195LA
Nov 6, 2021
If you're in the Beverly Hills area it's worth stopping by to see. The house definitely sticks out from the rest of the houses around it, but that makes it even cooler in my opinion. Full review by solocationer
Aug 19, 2021
Beverly Hills, California is a mecca of outstanding sights to explore. One of the most unique and weird sights is the Spadena House located on Walden Drive. This outstanding house is known as the “… Full review by dnaleciz


The Subject of Many Urban Legends
There’s a house in Beverly Hills, California that might be the perfect place to go when trick-or-treating. Known formally as “The Spadena House,” the house is better known as, simply “The Witch’s House.” This storybook cottage was built in 1921 by Harry Oliver and the yellow house earns its name for its sloping, odd shaped roof reminiscent of a sagging witch’s hat. The pitched roof is covered in unusually-shaped dark shingles, giving off the illusion of a dilapidated ginger bread house. The property features a picket fence, which consists of warped, wooden slabs, and window shutters jutting out in odd angles. The landscape is purposefully bizarre, complete with twisted trees and gnarled shrubs. There is even a wooden bridge crossing a moat, and a sign hanging from a lantern that reads: “Witch’s Landing.” Oliver, an Oscar-nominated art director, originally built the structure in Culver City as part of the Willat silent film studio. Despite its funny exterior, it was the site of studio offices and dressing rooms, and was featured in several silent films until the industry gave way to the “talkies.” The cottage was abandoned after Willat studios closed, though it still caused many traffic jams from curious by-passers. In either 1926 or 1934 the Witch’s House was relocated to Beverly Hills. There it has remained a private residence, although it almost returned to Culver City to serve as a historic museum. In 1997, the house went back up on the market represented by Michael Libow, a real estate agent who grew up in Beverly Hills and had “always loved the structure.” During this time, Libow learned that all the other bidders had plans to purchase the property and tear down the building. To prevent this, Libow ended up purchasing the $1.3M home for himself and has since worked with Hollywood art director Nelson Coates to restore the property. Renovations have included incorporating more Gaudi-esque elements to further the “cottage” feel to the building. Since its move to the affluent suburb, the house has been the subject of many urban legends. Some say the house was built by a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fanatic, others have claimed that the house was built for a movie version of Hansel and Gretel. Though neither are true, the most plausible legend is that a former resident would dress up as a witch and hand out candy on Halloween. For Halloween in 2014, Libow prepared for 4,000 trick-or-treaters.

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