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  • Writer's pictureNatalija Ugrina

I visited Beverly Hills Witch's House

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Every year, around Halloween, I pay a visit to my favorite house in Beverly Hills - The Witch’s house aka Spadena house…even though I will call it forever “The Beverly Hills Witch’s House”.

You would think that witches live in forest only, but no, they live in fancy areas as well LOL :P

Spadena house looks like the house from Hansel and Gretel fairy tale and no matter how many times I’ve been to see it, it’s always like going to Disneyland to me.

If the house seems familiar to you, you’ve probably seen it in movie “Clueless”.

But let’s talk more about the history of the house. The house was designed by Hollywood art director Harry Oliver, who went on to play a major role in Storybook architecture. It was originally built in 1921 to serve as the offices and dressing rooms for Irvin Willat's film studio in Culver City. When the studio closed, the Spadena family moved the home to its current location in Beverly Hills, where it has been since 1926 . In 1997, the house needed a lot of renovation, so it was put up for a sale. After most buyers wanted to tear it down, which seller didn’t allow, the realtor Michael Libow who was selling it, fell under the spell of the house and decided to buy it himself. He has been living there ever since.

Beverly Hills Witch's House
Beverly Hills Witch's House

Spadena house is located on 516 N Walden Drive and it’s listed as protected Landmark Number 8 in the City of Beverly Hills. As for now, no tours are available but you are welcome to snap a photo outside.

The house is also 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. I personally think, the witch is hiding somewhere around there for sure and the owner doesn’t even know! What do you think?

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