Open Houses of the Week: Trick or Treat Edition

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.

See inside this property.

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9. Philadelphia, Pa.

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.

See inside this property.

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8. Los Angeles, Calif.

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.

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7. Washington, D.C.

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."

See inside this property.

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6. San Jose, Calif.

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.

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5. Chicago, Ill.

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.

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4. Seattle, Wash.

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.

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3. Honolulu, Hawaii

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.

See inside this listing.

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2. Boston, Mass.

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.

See inside this listing.

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1. San Francisco, Calif.

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.

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Open Houses of the Week: Trick or Treat Edition

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 
Beds/Baths: 11/15
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.  

View a slide show of all "Casa Del Sol" has going for it

That's one fully stocked bowling alley -- and we bet you don't have to pay a rental fee for the shoes either. 

View a slide show of all "Casa Del Sol" has going for it

The 13-seat movie theater that may or may not have been the creation of an ... Oscar winner?

You decide

Location: Lincoln, Mass. 
Price: $9.5 million
Beds/Baths: 7/8
Sq. Ft.: 13,676

This sprawling manse has one amenity that redefines the term sunporch. 

See a slideshow of the cool features this property delivers

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. 

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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.)

See the listing for details. 

Location: Moorestown, N.J. 
Price: $8.9 million
Beds/Baths: 7/8
Sq. Ft.: N/A

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. 

See some other amenities that come with the place

Shoot some hoops with natural lighting. 

Here you must grapple with your finite reserve of athletic talent. But your mental game? The sky is the limit. Tabula rasa! Tabula rasa! Hmmm.... 

More shots of the bowling alley

Location: Chappaqua, N.Y.
Price: $27.5 million
Beds/Baths: 6/12
Sq. Ft.: 20,000

This massive New York estate is suited for ball sports aficionados: The property has its own tennis court and basketball court. 

See the other insane amenities this property serves up

Just be sure not to shank any forehands -- looks like stray balls could get lost pretty easily in those woods. 

Check out the home's luxurious interior.

If it's too bright out, it turns out there's also an indoor basketball court with its own scoreboard. 

See the indoor basketball court

Location: Millbrook, N.Y. 
Price: $27 million
Beds/Baths: 6/6
Sq. Ft.: 9,113

This estate is a horse-lover's dream.

See what else this large swath of Millbrook real estate has going for it.  

This equestrian facility appears to have enough space for an indoor horse show. Outdoors there are 144 acres to gallop -- or trot -- across. 

Digest the full grandeur of this place by viewing 25 photos of it. 

For the resident thoroughbreds...

Get a glimpse into some of the other ways the owner of this estate spends his time

Location: Saddle River, N.J. 
Price: $12.5 million
Beds/Baths: 8/11
Sq. Ft.: 18,250

This sprawling colonial offers a gorgeous home theater, along with an indoor basketball court. 

But that's not all ...

With chairs this comfy, you might have trouble staying awake for the actual show -- if it weren't for the premium sound system. 

The perks of this mansion come nowhere close to ending here. 

Just because there's a hoop doesn't mean Pilates and yoga are off limits, though there's ample space for that in the exercise room too.

See the listing for more details. 

Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Price: $12.5 million
Beds/Baths: 5/8
Sq. Ft.: N/A

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. 

There are an enormous number of other amenities on the property

So you can hit the links -- when you're not in the library, butler's pantry, gourmet kitchen, massage room, steam room, sauna, home theater, etc. 

See how else this home's owner revels in luxury

Take your pick for exercise facility: full-size gymnasium or yoga studio?   

See the listing for more details. 

Location: Orono, Minn. 
Price: $4.95 million
Beds/Baths: 4/7
Sq. Ft.: 10,505

This expanded lakeshore residence offers a range of unusual features, including a golf simulator and indoor hockey arena. 

Click through a slideshow of the place to get the scoop. 

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. 

The fun doesn't stop here

Regardless of where your virtual drive lands, you're never in the rough if you live in this palace. 

See why that's a fact

Location: Castle Rock, Colo.
Price: $3.999 million
Beds/Baths: 6/8
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. 

Get a glimpse at some of the perks of this giant estate

Knock it out of the park, or should we say, private baseball diamond. 

Or don't, and enjoy other luxuries

Hit it out of the park, or should we say, this time, into the netting of a private indoor batting range. 

See the other ways this home scores big

Location: Andover, Mass. 
Price: $6.5 million
Beds/Baths: 9/10
Sq. Ft.: 20,043

This behemoth of a home takes the cake for square footage on our list. One of the reasons? It has a full-size indoor basketball court. 

See the elaborate details of the interior

It's pretty much indistinguishable from your standard high school basketball court. The home also comes with an arcade, pool, locker room, bowling alley and home theater. 

But that's not all, not by a long shot

Location: Incline Village, Nev. 
Price: $49.9 million
Beds/Baths: 3/2
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). 

Read a full profile of the home or view the listing

Stretching across 12,000 square feet, the underground two-story garage can accommodate nine full-size buses, not to mention countless cars, SUVs, motorcycles and golf carts (model not included).

See some over-the-top features of this property. 

The garage is accessible by a 12-by-60-foot elevator (pictured here). 

For more details (and there are a heck of a lot of them) see the listing. 


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