Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Some Unusual Retro Beverly Hills Homes

You can find some truly amazing historic Beverly Hills homes for sale nowadays but if you had been looking at Beverly Hills real estate back in 1926, you might have come across this incredible house, which was featured in Popular Science back in September 1926. It is meant to look like a fairy tale Witch’s House and though it looked “ramshackle" (according to Popular Science) on the outside, apparently it was quite nice and full of modern conveniences on the inside. On your left is a view of the house as it looks today (from Wikipedia). It really does look pretty much the same, which is wonderful. I always love to see amazing old houses being preserved.

The Witch’s House is also known as the Spadena House, after the family who first lived in it in the 1930s; and it is located at Walden Drive and Carmelita Avenue. It was designed by an art director named Harry Oliver in the early 1920s. It was used by a film studio initially for office space, but in 1934 it was moved to Walden and Carmelita and renovated to become a private house. Can you imagine living in this wonderful, atmospheric place with its pointed roofs, little diamond-paned windows and an incredible wild garden? it even had a pond that was supposed to look just like a moat.

Another wonderful old Beverly Hills house that you may or may not have heard of is the Greystone Mansion, which like the Spadena House was built in the 1920s - 1928, to be exact. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, its interior was often used in movies and TV shows - especially its mammoth, sweeping staircase. But only a year after it was built, the owner of the house, Ned Doheny, was one of the victims of a strange murder-suicide (the other was Hugh Plunket, his secretary). His widow lived in the mansion until the 1950s, when it started being used in the movies.

Now, of course, you won’t necessarily be able to go house hunting in Beverly Hills and find a fairy tale cottage or a grand movie-set of a mansion - but you never know what other gems you might find. Because it all goes to show that Beverly Hills is a fascinating and magical place, full of incredible houses - with incredible stories.

Note: This is a sponsored post for the Partners Trust, however, all the points and views are my own.


Tori Lennox said...

I love both those houses!!!

Marcheline said...

I NEED "The Witch's House"!!! Actually, my real house has been called that up and down the block. For good reason. 8-)