Spadena House In Beverly Hills A Storybook Witch House

Check Out This Whimsical Storybook Witch House

The Spadena House in Beverly Hills, CA is also called The Witch’s House and has a whimsical storybook design, like the fairytale cottages in Carmel by the Sea Hansel and Gretel cottages.

It looks like a crooked old rundown Witch house on purpose, designed by Harry Oliver who was a Hollywood art director in the early 1900s.  The Spadena House was built in 1921 as an office and dressing room for silent film director Irvin Willat studio in Culver City; think MGM Studios.

Around 1934 it was moved to 516 Walden Dr., Beverly Hills, California and turned into a residence.  The Spadena’s were the first home owners; hence its name.  The second owners renovated the interior in the 1960s.  The house has a moat that was leaking so they turned it into a garden.

By the time it was on the market again in 1997, it needed a lot of work.  Michael Libow, a real estate agent, bought the storybook Witch House and lovingly renovated it back to its original storybook splendor. Spadena House In Beverly Hills A Storybook Witch HouseSpadena Witch House” by Kafziel via Wikipedia You may even recognize it from the movie Clueless where it had a starring role.  This is no doubt the place to trick or treat for local residents. Continue Reading

Laguna Beach Cottage Flawlessly Restored

Tiny Laguna Beach Cottage

This is a tiny Laguna beach cottage that was brought back to life.  The cottage was in shambles, but there is no way to tell by looking at it today. It was restored to how it would have looked in 1946 by Collins Design & Development.

The floors, lighting, doors and windows are original.  The kitchen and bathrooms were remodeled.  This idyllic Laguna beach cottage is called Lombardy Lane. It’s incredible what a small house can look like, this one has a lot of charming details.

I’ve done other Laguna beach cottages to see like Cozy Corner beach cottage and Beach Cottage in Laguna.

Laguna Beach Cottage Flawlessly Restored  It’s a tiny Laguna beach cottage of 950 square feet.  I would like a bit more room than that, but it’s such a classic beauty, I think most people would be happy to call it home. Continue Reading

Beach Cottages For Sale With Ocean Views

4 Charming Beach Cottages For Sale on House Talk

4 Charming beach cottages for sale is my round-up on House Talk today.  Part of the American dream is to have a vacation home.  These 4 charming beach cottages come with ocean side views.  They can be a vacation destination or your home year round.

Like the Mermaid beach cottages on Tybee Island, beach cottages are often happy colorful places.  Some beach cottages have been around for years and are vintage homes.  Since most of us spend our time outdoors, beach cottages can be tiny houses all tied up in a bow because they come completely furnished.

Whatever your style, there are beach cottages out there waiting for you.  Here’s a look at four charming cottages from around the coastline.

Beach Cottages For Sale

Key Largo FL MLS ListingAsking Price: $1,495,000

Location: Key Largo, Florida

Sailing Away To Key Largo! Charming Keys Cottage at Ocean Reef has ocean views.  This is such a happy, colorful cottage it would hard to leave and go home if it was just a vacation place.  Make it your own and live here year round!

See the MLS listing for more information: Sotheby’s International Realty

Listing agent: Russell Post, Sotheby’s International Realty (305) 367-2027

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The Schweppe Estate on Lake Michigan

The Schweppe Estate on Lake Michigan

The Schweppe estate is in Lake Forest, IL on Lake Michigan nestled by trees on over 5 acres.

We saw it before when I briefly featured it in Real Estate House Talk Sampler.

It’s a castle-like estate dripping with majesty and has been meticulously restored.

In a word: GLORIOUS!

History of The Schweppe Estate reads like a Who’s Who of Chicago:  It was a wedding gift from Mr. and Mrs. John G. Shedd (The Shedd Aquarium) to their daughter Laura and new husband, Charles Schweppe.

Per Examiner, Laura died of a heart attack at the age of 58.  Then the house sat empty for 46 years after the suicide by gunshot to the head of Charles Schweppe.  He left a note saying “I’ve been awake all night.  It’s terrible”

Historical mansions often come with ghost stories.  Rumor has it that during the long years the estate sat empty, Charles and Laura haunted the bedrooms and ghostly servants roamed the hallways. The Schweppe Estate on Lake Michigan Let’s get our ladies and gents clothes on to visit a palace.Continue Reading

Meet The Neighbors Summer Vacation

Meet The Neighbors Summer Vacation

~ Meet The Neighbors Summer Vacation ~

Meet The Neighbors summer vacation.  This week, ARod of Makin My Apt a Home and I decided yesterday to take a link party summer break until September.

We will be busy with family and some pretty detailed projects.  It was a very hard decision to make, but didn’t want to spread ourselves out too thin.

We sincerely apologize for not being able to let everyone know sooner and believe you will all understand.

Meet The Neighbors Summer VacationIn the meantime, when we get the chance, we are going to link up at other parties. We thought some of you would like some link party referrals.  Check out My Turn For Us who has a great daily list of parties.

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Charleston SC Historic Home For Sale

I Found A Lovely French Quarter Lady to Love

I found a Charleston SC historic home that has stood the test of time since roughly 1796 through 1800.

She looks good enough to eat.  Apparently others feel this way because she was renovated by a preservation architect.  The rooms are all formal and Charleston-looking and of course the house is now modernized.

It even has an elevator to carry you about from floor to floor; this is important when lugging a vacuum.

Your butler will enjoy hanging out in the butler’s pantry bridge area awaiting your commands.

Because we are all kings and queens of our castles, the elevator stops by your large and luxurious master suite upon the second floor.

Have tea in the library while reading important stuff in books.

Daily dips in the private pool are a perfect way to end your day while living in this Charleston SC historic home.

Then just before falling asleep, paddle your feet down to the kitchen and open your Subzero refrigerator drawer to find leftovers cooked on the Viking range of course!

Knock, knock, let’s look at this Charleston SC historic home.

132 Church St Charleston SC Front door 132 Church St Charleston SC for saleMay I introduce you to the historically significant Douxsaint-Mccauley House.  I call it a lovely french quarter lady to love. The listing suggests otherwise and calls it a “handsome, beaded weatherboard property.”  I am clearly mixed up on house genders.Continue Reading

Come See The Real Life As We Know It House

Come See The Real Life As We Know It House

I am smitten with the real Life As We Know It house from the 2010 romantic dramedy.  The house sits in Atlanta, Georgia and is beautifully landscaped.

Built in 1945, the home details say it was completely renovated.  It’s a house for a big family.  Five bedrooms, five full and two half-baths, and five fireplaces. Arched doorways and double french doors to porch.  Large gourmet kitchen with two dishwashers.

If you fell in love with the house in the film, you’re going to fall in love with the real Life As We Know It house too.

I have a Life As We Know It movie post from 2012.  It details the movie plot. I share screen shots showing the movie set decorating, scenes from the film and exterior screen shots of the house.  The interior of the house for the film was a movie set, but exterior house scenes were filmed at the Atlanta, Georgia house. Come See The Real Life As We Know It HouseGorgeous southern Atlanta, Georgia home famous for starring in a movie, but even without that extra status would probably be famous on its own architectural beauty on the street where it lives.scene from Life As We Know It movieThe house as it appeared in the film had two trees.  The Life As We Know It real house now has one tree in the front yard or maybe it is just the angle of the real estate photo.  (See all the photos of the movie house at the bottom of the post and help me figure out if a tree is missing.)

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Katherine Hepburn Estate in Connecticut

Katherine Hepburn Estate in Connecticut

More than a few readers requested I share the Katherine Hepburn estate in Connecticut for sale.  The famous mansion has been extensively renovated preserving the historical attributes and adding in modern amenities.

The listing states it sits on 1.47 acres with over 680 feet of waterfront on the Long Island Sound.  The house err celebrity mansion has 8000 plus square feet to get lost in that covers three floors.

Lots of opulence like six bedrooms with their own private bathroom.  Seven fireplaces. Put all that aside and drink in the views.

Zillow shared back in the day Howard Hughes (who Hepburn had a relationship with at one time) landed his sea plane right in front of the home.

Built in 1938.  All this beauty and historical legacy can be had for new owners who can afford the asking price of $14,800,000.  Interesting that the Katherine Hepburn estate last sold in 2004 for $6,000,000.

Katherine Hepburn Estate in Connecticut Let’s peek inside the legendary Katherine Hepburn estate.Continue Reading