Sure, we're as eager as the next website to regale you with stories about zombies and ghost hunters on Halloween. But you know what's really scary in real estate? The foreclosed house next door that drags down your property value -- or, worse, tries to blow it up.
So this Halloween, as you're unwinding toilet paper from the trees in the yard and cleaning egg yolk off the front steps, be glad you don't live next door to these scary neighbors from hell:
1. The Neighbor Who Advertises His Bad Behavior
One resident in Brighton, Colo. is doing his darndest to sabotage his neighbors' efforts to sell their house. His method? In bright red letters on the side of his RV, spray-paint a list of what potential buyers have to look forward to when they move in next door: "WARNING / 3 Rottweilers / Loud Parties / Loud Music / Loud Cars / Anti-Horse / Fireworks / Call for more info." So far the strategy has worked. "We have no legal recourse," the home's Realtor told AOL Real Estate.
2. The Neighbor Who Watches You Through Secret Cameras In Your Bathroom
5. The Famous Neighbor Who Lets His House Go to Seed
Any neighbor who lets paint peel and debris litter their lawn isn't a choice one. But when a neglectful homeowner turns out to be a respected congressman, that just kind of makes things worse. Local media reported the sorry state of Democratic Rep. John Conyers' Detroit home in June. Conyers' has since dropped some cash to clean up the place. But if he wants to appease neighbors living next to his other Detroit residence, he'll have to spend more: Neighbors say the other house is in a similarly sorry state.
Location: Hickory Creek, Texas
Price: $35 million
Size: 36,630 sq. ft.
Commanding 90 acres, this French chateau is bursting at the seams with luxury. The home boasts a lavish master suite, two guest suites, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 15-car garage, among other features.
Oh, and don't forget the ballroom, bowling alley, theater, wine room, tennis court and veranda. If you get sick of the two pools, you also can take dips in the property's private lake. The sprawling residence may not be as proud as it used to be, however. The listing description tells us, "SELLER WILL CONSIDER ALL OFFERS."
Location: Fort Washington, Pa.
Price: $30 million
Size: 36,957 sq. ft.
This home's concrete and stucco exterior make it look like a castle. Its size jibes with that theme -- nearly 37,000 square feet -- and so does its "tower." Sitting on 70 acres, the home offers two dining rooms, a library, gourmet kitchen, media room, indoor tennis court and playroom.
One thing on the description of this fortress that really caught our eye was the residence's playhouse -- listed at 20,000 square feet. We're still trying to figure out just what that means exactly. The home also commands its own mini-village: two stone farm houses and a three-bedroom apartment.
Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Price: $55 million
Size: 36,000 sq. ft.
This sprawling home is as impressive for its ornate finishes as its jaw-dropping size. Some of its "exquisite designs" include hand-carved limestone, French moldings with 24-karat glitz and bronze double-paned windows and doors.
Location: Indian Creek Village, Fla.
Price: $60 million
Size: 30,000 sq. ft.
While it's not the most expensive house we've ever seen, this local sensation definitely deserves a nod of respect from the country's record-holder. The 30,000-square-foot home has some truly exceptional features, like the "chromotherapy spa" and "light-filtering louvered walls."
Feast your eyes on the home's 100-foot resort-size pool. This veritable pond, paired with other features -- like its gourmet kitchen, rooftop lawn and Jacuzzi, wine celler, servant room and massage room -- identify the residence as a home equipped to host terrifyingly large parties.
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Price: $6.3 million
Size: 53,000 sq. ft.
Our biggest listing yet. Clocking in at 53,000 square feet, this home once functioned as a secret research facility for the military. According to Sotheby's listing agent Brett Lawyer and some Internet sites, the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station was built in 1941 as the main West Coast air defense and radar communications headquarters in World War II. Converted into a research facility for the atom bomb a few years later, the space was visited by top generals and consultants.
Location: Farmington, Conn.
Price: $9.999 million
Size: 48,515 sq ft
Rapper/actor 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) has been trying to unload his 17-acre estate in Farmington, Conn., which he bought from Mike Tyson's ex-wife, for several years. He only paid $4.1 million for the home but reportedly spent $6 million renovating it. Over the years, he has reduced the price from $18.5 million to its current ask of $10 million.
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Price: $125 million
Size: 35,046 sq. ft.
This $125 million French-style mansion is one of the most expensive homes on the market, and falls just short (sort of) of clinching the honor of highest ask ever. That would be Candy Spelling's former palace, which was initially listed at $150 million, but actually ended up selling for $85 million. But back to the $125 million "Fleur De Lys": it boasts two kitchens, multiple tennis courts, a giant movie theater, pool and nine-car garage -- for starters.
Location: Stateline, Nev.
Price: $75 million
Size: 38,000 sq. ft.
This $75 million estate is big in all ways: The house is 38,000 square feet and the property sprawls 210 pine-blanketed acres. It features exquisite landscaping, a covered patio, four-car garage and massive pool. The dining room even has coffered ceilings with frescoes.