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 strong indeed.
In honor of Halloween, we'll explore some of the nicest digs in the most haunted cities in America, as named by Realtor.com. Take a break from the real horrors that might be lurking around the corner (double-dip recession, anyone?) and find out why you'd actually want to buy in one of these spooky burgs.
Open Houses for Oct. 29-30
Open house: Sunday, Nov. 20 Location: 11104 Rimes Ave. Price: $224,000 Property details: The South has a rich history of hauntings and paranormal activity and Savannah is no exception. In fact, it was named "America's Most Haunted City" back in 2002 by the American Institute of Parapsychology. We can't promise a close encounter in this 3-bedroom looker, but we're confident you'll make contact with the luxurious bamboo flooring inside.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 30 Location: 9353 Nightingale Drive Price: $12,780,000 Property details: You've got a ghost of a chance making it in this town. The Hollywood sign has for years been a hotbed of supernatural activity -- it is after all, the site of a thousand broken dreams. But for those who can hack it in Tinsel Town, architectural stunners like this 7,000-square-foot mansion await.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 30 Location: 30 Rutland Square Price: $924,500 Property details: Most people associate Salem with the witch hunts, but a fair share of the most notorious trials took place in the heart of Boston. Get a taste of old New England with this duplex apartment built in 1875.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 30 Location: 751 Canada Ancha Price: $1,195,000 Property details: Pueblo-style homes might not be the first thing that comes to mind on Halloween, but there are a total of 12 -- you read that right, 12 -- ghost towns around the city of Santa Fe. After exploring America's spooky Southwest, retire to your gated-community home with custom built-ins and cherry cabinetry.
Open house: Sunday, Oct. 30 Location: 202 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq #1001 Price: $849,900 Property description: Did you know that the City of Brotherly Love was actually the site of the very first witch trial in America? Couple that with the city's central role in the Revolutionary War and you've got yourself some interesting coffee talk. Sit back and spin some yarns in this contemporary apartment in Philly.
Open House: Sunday, Oct. 30 Location: 4230 N. Marine Drive Price: $2,475,000 Property description: October nights can give you chills in the Windy City, but snatch up this gorgeous Georgian-style home and you'll never have to fear the things that go bump in the night. Built in 1930, this four-bedroom stunner has a contemporary has a one-of-a-kind view of Lake Michigan. Take a look inside in the listing.
Open house: Saturday, Oct. 29 Location: 531 Bosque Vista Price: $259,723 Property description: Remember the Alamo! San Antonio is rife with ghost stories of wandering soldiers and restless spirits -- but its housing situation is much rosier. Take for instance this four-bedroom home in the well-heeled neighborhood of Stone Oak. Plus, the community's gated to keep the ghouls at bay.
Open house: Saturday, Oct. 29 Location: 8010 Hickory St. Price: $375,000 Property description: Is there anywhere else in America with more supernatural baggage than New Orleans? From voodoo ceremonies to ancient graveyards, this Creole entrepot has everything the modern ghost hunter could want -- including great housing.
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).