Historic Storybook Home by the Designer of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Is Listed for $2.5M

If you’ve always wanted to live happily ever after in your own personal palace, we…

If you’ve always wanted to live happily ever after in your own personal palace, we have just the place for you.

On the market for $2.5 million, a historic storybook home in the Hollywood Hills awaits a fairy-tale ending. The home last changed hands in 2006 for $1.57 million, and has been lovingly maintained and modernized over the decades.

It was designed in 1926, at the peak of the popularity of storybook homes in Southern California, which coincided with the blossoming of the movie industry.

This home has a link to the glory days of Hollywood—it was created by the architect and set designer Roland E. Hill. Hill worked for a number of movie studios and advised Disney animators on designs for castles over years.


His best-known design? The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, built in 1955.

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Sleeping Beauty’s castle was modeled on Schloss Neuschwanstein, the 19th-century castle in Germany of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The home Hill built for mere mortals is in the similarly fanciful style of a castle from a bygone era.

The residence, a dream to live in, is a registered historic cultural monument.

The mini-compound of 2,626 square feet includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and includes a main house, a studio or office with a separate entrance, and a guesthouse. The property has been restored with updated amenities, while maintaining its original character.

From its charming gate and entry, step into this delightful domicile and take in the 26-foot beamed ceiling in the living room, with an oversized fireplace and glass double doors that open to a walkout deck overlooking the pool.

The gourmet kitchen, with Viking appliances, will allow a new owner to whip up regal feasts, and serve them in the adjoining formal dining room, which features stained-glass windows and double French doors.

Storybook-style elements include a turret with a winding staircase, exposed brick, arched windows and doorways, and original wood floors.

The master bedroom is built for your beauty rest, surrounded by a stained-glass window, an exposed brick wall, and double French doors that open to a balcony over the pool. Modern-day royalty will also appreciate the three closets with built-in drawers.

Outside are a heated pool, a slate patio, a grassy yard, citrus trees, and a fountain. The back of the house showcases a castle turret, to emphasize the feeling that you’re living in your own fairy tale.

On moving in to this cozy castle, the buyer will also be bequeathed the original blueprints and photos from 1926.

Josh and Matt Altman with Douglas Elliman hold the listing.

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