‘Riverdale’ writer buys L.A. villa where the Wicked Witch of the West once lived

A Hollywood Hills West villa where actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic film “The Wizard of Oz,” once made her home has sold for $1.86 million. The buyer is TV writer-producer and Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Part of a storied five-unit complex, the Spanish Revival-style residence sits behind gates and is surrounded by a lush landscaping, courtyards and garden terraces. Sets of cabanas and a shared swimming pool are also within the tree-topped grounds.

The three-story floor plan is full of classic character details with Saltillo-tiled floors, arched doorways, built-ins and wrought iron work. Modern fixtures and hardware are among the updates.

A living room with a fireplace, a den/office, an open-plan kitchen, three bedrooms and three bathrooms are within more than 3,000 square feet of white-walled space. The master suite has an artful soaking tub, dual vanities and a wood-accented walk-in closet.


Sets of French doors open to a private patio lined with brick and filled with various sitting areas and a fountain. There’s also a one-car garage.

The villa came to market in April for $1.995 million and was under contract in about a month, records show.

Deedee Howard of the Agency was the listing agent. Jill Jenks Galloway of John Aaroe Group represented the buyer.

Aguirre-Sacasa has television credits that include “Glee,” “Big Love” and “Supergirl.” The comic book writer and playwright wrote the pilot for the upcoming CW series “Riverdale,” a teen drama series based on the Archie Comics canon.

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