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Sneak Peek at the Ritzy New Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Sneak Peek at the Ritzy New Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Save the date, and maybe a few thousand dollars, too: June 1, 2017, will mark the grand opening of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, the most exciting thing that’s happened to hospitality in the wealthy hamlet for decades.

There’s no shortage of luxury and ultra-luxury hotels within the city’s few square miles, but the Waldorf Astoria aims to raise the luxury standard with “modern elegance” throughout, from the three-story lobby featuring hand-painted murals and a custom bronze chandelier to a collection of unique Lalique crystal installations and what the hotel promises will be “significant artworks.”

Located at the gateway to the shopping and dining center of Beverly Hills, directly next to the venerable Beverly Hilton, the 12-story Waldorf Astoria will house just 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites, including three Villa Suites (opening onto manicured private garden terraces) and one grand Presidential Suite. The hotel will also feature a 5,000-square-foot La Prairie Spa, the new Tracey Cunningham Salon, a rooftop pool with VIP cabanas, and 6,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for private events. The cherry on top will be two hot-ticket dining spaces by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the star behind the three-star Jean-Georges in New York City, one of the five finest French restaurants in the Americas.

Interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon — which decorated the stunning Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris — was in charge of dressing the public areas and private guestrooms. Inspired by Art Deco and Californian “streamline moderne,” Rochon used “richly upholstered furniture in soothing tones of celadon, taupe and white, accented by … bespoke art.”

Every room offers city or mountain views, with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto oversized private balconies described as “classic lanais.” Room amenities include a Crestron smarthome system to control the entire room environment, fully-stocked minibars, espresso machines, DVR TV, marble bathrooms outfitted with Bluetooth-enabled speakers, and Diptyque toiletries.

VIP services included dedicated personal concierge attention, exclusive wine tastings, special access to select restaurants and events, and luxury driving experiences. For $1,000 per night, the first 100 guests to book receive an upgrade to a Century & Wilshire Superior suite, two spa treatments, personal concierge services, and a private culinary experience for two with chef Jean-Georges, one of The Daily Meal’s most successful chefs of the year


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Welcome To Beverly Hills 90210!

It’s an iconic zip code, and at night this is the view of Beverly Hills from atop the Waldorf-Astoria hotel roof…since it’s Halloween season, let’s check out 90210’s most unique mansion!

Welcome to “The Witch’s House”!

Yes, literally three blocks away from the Waldorf-Astoria is one of the city’s most unique houses!

Tourists 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.”

“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.[4] 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!


Watch the video: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Rooftop by JG. Rodeo Drive (November 2021).