The Hobbit House

Culver City Hobbit House2

Fairy tales inspired a housing movement originating from L.A. in the early part of the 20th century. The “Storybook House” designs were a raging fad but faded over time to make way for the onslaught of pre-fabricated stucco box/cookie cutter models that monopolize the Southern California landscape today. One of the few remaining is the Hobbit House, a lopsided configuration that looks like it melted and hardened into its oddball shape.

Keep in mind that although this property was granted historical landmark status by the city, it is in fact a private residence, not open to the public. However, you can discreetly take some steps up the driveway and approach the house with its adjacent garage/upstairs apartments for close-up photo ops of the pointy turrets, swayback roofs, stumpy wooden posts, ogival windows, pirate’s nets, chain links, the turtle/koi rich pond, and marvel at the intentionally off-kilter construction that distinguishes this amazing fantasy house                                                                         Excerpt from the new book, “L.A. Made Easy: From Iconic to Eclectic,” by Terry Braverman ©2013 All Rights Reserved

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