When I go to Los Angeles, I expect to see:
What I don’t expect to see is a storybook house. Yes, a real-life storybook house (like in the fairy tale movies) chillin’ amongst the regular houses. As a lover of fairy tales and fantasy, when I heard there were storybook houses in the LA area, I had to find them.
Spadena House (or The Witch’s House), located in Beverly Hills, is probably the most popular as I saw quite a few people taking pics of it, as well as a tour van stopping by so the tourists could take pictures. As you can see from the detail, they really made it an attraction. There are people who live there as I was able to see one of the owners come out while I was there. Unfortunately, it was because an obnoxious child kept hitting the call button, but it was interesting to see a regular person come out of such an irregular house.
Although I haven’t seen The Hobbit movies, I’ve seen The Hobbit’s House, as this next storybook house is named. It’s located in Culver City, CA (which I love) and is quite delightful because it seems to have a few structures within the storybook theme, including the garage.
Going into another section of the LA area, the Silverlake/Los Feliz neighborhood, I spied these little gems– The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs houses. There are really seven of them in this little enclave with actual residents. What’s behind the tower you ask? Because I was being nosy, er, curious, I took a little look-see to peep what was behind the tower. Underwhelmingly, it was just garages for the homes. But it is a neat community to see if you’re in the area.
Further down the street, my next stop was Normandy Castle. Now, it’s not actually a storybook house, but it does look like a castle. I’m not sure how it came to be named that, but in my research, that’s what it’s called, so I’m going with that. Plus, what’s a fairy tale without a castle? Not much of a story, in my opinion. So I had to throw this “castle” into my wanderings in LA for storybook houses. It’s not Hearst Castle, but it will do.
For my last storybook house sighting, I had to travel all the way to the Sunland/Tujunga area in the Valley. It was SO worth it! Driving on Foothill Blvd., which is a large part of the historic Route 66, allowed me a breathtaking view of the San Gabriel mountains. But I digress. Back to the storybook house in Tujunga, I found this one to be just as engaging as the others in LA. This house sits on a corner lot and has a lot of detail like the others. Again, it’s inhabited as evidenced by the minivan outside the storybook garage, which obviously was due to the builder’s own whims. But that’s neither here nor there, I’m just happy that the house is here.
So, if you get the chance to explore off the beaten track and want a more unusual photo op (which is actually more difficult than you’d think in LA), check out some of these homes. They really are fairy tale houses that have come to life.
For those who want more….
The History of Storybook Houses
These storybook houses were mostly built in the 1920’s-30’s. Contrary to what it may seem, the fairy tale houses in the movies were inspired by these real-life storybook houses, not the other way around. From my research, there are more storybook houses in LA. I hope to find more to share.
Have you heard of or been to any of these storybook houses? Do you have any unusual houses in the area in which you live?