There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is undeniable.
With Halloween around the corner, this week we look at homes in the best cities for trick or treating, as named by Zillow. It may sound glib, but finding the safest places for your little ghouls and goblins to roam this Hallow's Eve may actually help you make a more informed decision when it comes time to buy. The list takes into account median home value, walkability, population density and crime -- all of which play a role in the buying decision on any day of the year. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our haunted hay ride through 10 of the best cities for trick or treating.
Open Houses for Oct. 22-23
10. Portland, Ore.
Open house: Saturday, Oct. 22 Location: 2510 Northeast Alameda St. Price: $749,000 Property details: Michael Myers, eat your heart out. While this 3,000-plus-square-foot home may look spooky at night, it's a different story in the daytime, when light pours through every spacious room in the home. See the photos in the listing below.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 6700 Wissahickon Ave Price: $1,285,000 Property details: Once upon a midnight dreary, Edgar Allen Poe walked the fields surrounding this seven-bedroom Colonial home. In fact, he was so enchanted with the place that it became the inspiration for his work "Morning on the Wissahickon." Peep at the listing to see what Poe was raving about.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 15433 Brownwood Place Price: $8,395,000 Property details: Where better than the capital of monster movie magic to take the kids for a late-night romp? Take a peek inside this garden of good and evil.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW Price: $5,000,000 Property details: This Georgian-style mansion has everything an excitable 'tween could dream of. A fairytale entertaining area, seven elegant bedrooms and a boudoir straight out of the "Witch and the Wardrobe."
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 7220 Glenview Drive Price: $2,368,000 Property description: Halloween pool party, anyone? If you're in the neighborhood come Hallow's Eve, make sure to visit this posh spot -- and bring your sweet tooth. Because, with a home this nice, you're bound to walk away with quite a haul.
Open House: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 1729 W. Wolfram Price: $2,795,000 Property description: October nights can get spooky in the Windy City, but snatch up this gorgeous brick home and you may never have to fear the things that go bump in the night. Built in 2004, this five-bedroom stunner has a contemporary yet timeless interior. Take a look inside in the listing.
Open house: Thursday, Oct. 20 Location: 3254 Portage Bay Place East Price: $1,075,000 Property description: Forget white picket fences. For our money, there's nothing like a two-story tall window overlooking the bay to make a guy feel at home. Click the listing to see the upbeat interior and stunning views.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 4470 Kahala Ave. Price: $3,395,000 Property description: Halloween in Hawaii? You know you would if you could. This moonlit looker just hit the market, according to our listing, though it was built in 1936. You wouldn't know it from the interior though, as this Kama`aina estate has been lavishly updated throughout.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 20 Location: 175 Northampton St. Price: $1,395,000 Property description: Salem it is not, but Boston has a spooky old-time charm all its own. Spend a witching hour or three in this posh, six-bedroom Victorian, built in 1880.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 23 Location: 2530 Vallejo St. Price: $3,800,000 Property description: It's not that this home is particularly creepy, unnerving or macabre -- but when Nov. 1 comes around, you'll be glad you're living here.
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Sq. Ft.: 16,500
So you've got the 13-seat movie theater, underground path with stone walls and sconces, hand-carved walnut furniture, game room, Roman spa with mosaic walls, Italian stone fountains, tennis court, 10-car garage and -- drumroll -- dog-grooming station. Yeah, that all comes with this jaw-dropper. But a two-lane bowling alley? That's just rad.
So you can sunbathe and not get sunburned at home. If you get tired of soaking in ultraviolet-free rays, you've also got a bowling alley and tennis court at your disposal. And lots of vintage wine in the wine cellar.
No room for swimming laps in this puppy. But that's not what it's about: You've got the billiards table, bowling alley and tennis court for exercise. (OK, maybe it's a stretch to consider billiards a form of exercise.)
We're not quite sure why this house is called "Tabula Rasa" -- the epistemological theory that humans are born as blank slates without any built-in mental content. One interpretation: The original owner feels he willed this mega-mansion into existence. It boasts its own private indoor basketball court and two-lane bowling alley.
Touted as "Buckhead's finest estate," this Southern mansion sits on three private acres and boasts a picture-perfect pool and hot tub in the back. But what really caught our eye was the home's golf simulator.
For those elusive roller-hockey aficionados: Odds are, during the games here, checking is a big no-no; you nail someone into the boards in this arena, and they've got a good chance of tumbling over them.
Location: Castle Rock, Colo.
Price: $3.999 million
Sq. Ft.: 10,668
Stretching 73 acres, this estate delivers a whole lot of real estate and clearly had an owner at some point who adores our national pastime. In addition to a baseball diamond and indoor batting range, the mansion offers a stunning backyard pool and seven-car garage.
Location: Incline Village, Nev.
Price: $49.9 million
Sq. Ft.: 2,368
For some tycoons there may come a time when collecting cars gets old. If that happens, they should buy this compound. It has a garage that is so big that you can store nine buses in it. The residence spans five parcels that can be purchased individually. They contain the Main House, Lake House and Carriage House (which houses the garage).