The Best Neighborhoods to See Christmas Lights

by TMR Newswire on December 5, 2012

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Technology-powered real estate broker Redfin today announced the best neighborhoods to see holiday lights across the nation. The top five neighborhoods in the U.S. include Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, “Miracle on 34th Street” in Baltimore, Peacock Lane in Portland, Oregon, 37th Street in Austin, and South 13th Street in Philadelphia. Redfin also named the top five neighborhoods in 17 metropolitan areas across the nation. The homeowners in these neighborhoods go all-out with lights, decorations, statues, inflatable characters, and music. For those who want to join the festivities permanently, Redfin has also provided median home prices, a list of homes sold in the past year, and current homes for sale in each area.

The list is based on input from Redfin real estate agents, who go on dozens of home tours a month, requiring them to drive through most neighborhoods in their region.

“Redfin agents know their neighborhoods like the back of their hands,” said Scott Nagel, head of real estate operations at Redfin. “Not only are they the best folks to tell us where to find the best holiday lights displays, but they can advise us on what it means to buy or sell there.”

Driving around neighborhoods to look at holiday lights is a time-honored tradition for many families. Over the past decade organizations such as zoos, parks, and speedways have stepped in with elaborate displays that draw crowds by the thousands, but for those looking to see traditional home displays, it can be difficult to know where to go. The list of the top five neighborhoods in each region is a guide for families who want to keep the tradition alive.

This information can also be helpful for those in the market for a new home. Redfin agents advise clients to research how festive the neighborhood can get during the holidays. “Some neighborhood associations restrict the types of holiday decorations you can put up, but in some neighborhoods, like those in South Philadelphia, your neighbors will encourage you to participate,” said Blakely Minton, Redfin real estate agent in Philadelphia. “If you’re shopping around for a new home, you should check out the neighborhood this time of year; even if you don’t decorate, if you live next to a Griswold, you’ll have to deal with a lot of street traffic at all hours of the night.”

Redfin agents also suggest evaluating home decor choices for those trying to sell their home. “If you’re the kind of person that goes all out with holiday displays, you may want to scale it back a bit if you’re trying to sell your home,” said Jeff Bale, Redfin real estate agent in Portland. “While simple, classic holiday decor can make your home seem warm and friendly, inflatable Santas and over-the-top lights can turn off potential buyers. That said, if you live in one of these top five neighborhoods, it’s expected that you’ll join your neighbors in the holiday festivities.”

The Top Five Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights in the U.S.

  1. Brooklyn, New York – Dyker Heights
  2. Baltimore, Maryland – Miracle on 34th Street
  3. Portland, Oregon – Peacock Lane
  4. Austin, Texas – 37th Street
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - South 13th Street

The Best Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights In Each City

Atlanta Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Alpharetta Mint Julep Christmas Display,311 Julep Ct $183,500 (31 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Kennesaw Meckley Family Xmas,4291 Edgewater Dr $152,100 (24 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
New Manchester Illuminate New Manchester,Addresses on website $86,000 (110 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Canton Holly Springs Lights,600 Spring Mill Ct $109,000 (41 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Gainesville The Berry Christmas Light Show,5980 Nichols Ln $135,000 (50 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Austin Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Hyde Park 37th Street Lights,Between Guadalupe and Home St $500,000 (46 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Cedar Park Anna Court,Anna Ct, off Nelson Ranch Rd $285,500 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Circle C Pete’s Trail of Lights,10708 Rigsbee Ct $339,500 (26 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Govalle Calle Limon,Between Springdale & Airport $162,000 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Georgetown Spindler Family Christmas Light Show2441 Candle Ridge Trail $149,350 (42 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Baltimore and Washington D.C. Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Hampden Miracle on 34th Street,700 block of 34th, between Chestnut Ave and Keswick Rd $173,000 (41 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Fell’s Point Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats,Fell’s Point and Inner Harbor $342,500 (94 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Cheswolde The Chanukah House,6721 Greenspring Ave $250,000 (21 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Vienna Annual Luminaria Night Celebration303 Race St $75,000 (15 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Chesapeake City Winterfest,Both sides of the C&D Canal $172,500 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Boston Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Saugus Lynn Fells Parkway,Around Forest St $310,000 (51 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Tewksbury Rockvale Road,Off Shawsheen St $332,450 (26 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Westborough Landroche Home,210 East Main St $330,000 (72 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Quincy Violette Family’s Christmas Light Display,11 Dayton St $310,000 (50 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Oxford Christmas on Pine Street,4 Pine St $150,000 (21 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Chicago Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Sauganash Sauganash Park,Devon Ave west of Edens Expressway $470,000 (54 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Schaumburg Park District Holiday House Decorating Contest,505 N. Springinsguth Rd $220,000 (36 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Lincolnwood Lincolnwood Towers,South of W. Pratt Ave, east of North Central Ave $445,000 (55 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Elburn Larsen’s Christmas Light Show,42W891 Beith Rd $223,000 (37 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Logan Square The Christmas House,2656 West Logan Blvd $385,000 (44 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Dallas Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Highland Park Highland Park Holiday Lights,Armstrong Pkwy and Preston $739,000 (71 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Arlington Interlochen Lights Display,Randol Mill Rd & Westwood $165,000 (35 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Plano Deerfield Holiday Lighting,Between Preston & Coit Rd $354,950 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Kessler Park Kessler Park Holiday Light Ceremony,W. Colorado & Lausanne $329,950 (67 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Frisco Frisco Christmas,4015 Bryson Dr $199,900 (35 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Denver Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Highlands Ranch Highlands Ranch Christmas,3175 W White Oak Ln $280,000 (33 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Lafayette Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease,2510 Blue Heron Circle $466,500 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Parker Happy Holidays!,17259 Silver Mound Ln $186,250 (60 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Castle Rock Rockin Christmas,1021 Neptunite Pl $374,450 (56 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Wheat Ridge Candy Cane Lane4712 Dover St $178,250 (36 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Las Vegas Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Henderson Quiver Point Avenue,1700 block $210,000 (37 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
North Las Vegas Devoe Residence,3016 Judson Ave $40,750 (34 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
North Spring Valley 7040 Darby Ave,Near Desert Inn Road & Rainbow Blvd $258,250 (38 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Downtown Twisted Vegas,1941 Houston Dr $51,251 (34 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Mesquite Mystikallights381 Harrier Ln $270,000 (23 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Long Island/New York Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Dyker Heights Dyker Lights,11th Ave to 13th Ave & from 83rd to 86th St $700,000 (327 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Baychester Garabedian Family’s Christmas House,1605 Pelham Pkwy N. $350,000 (76 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Bayside Santa’s Corner,166th St & 23rd Ave $587,500 (68 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Lindenhurst Lindy Christmas House,405 N. Broadway $270,000 (33 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Park Slope Holiday Light Spectacular310A 22nd St $980,000 (749 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Los Angeles County
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Altadena Christmas Tree Lane,Santa Rosa Ave, between Woodbury Ave & Altadena Dr $460,000 (48 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Burbank Dick Norton’s Winter Wonderland,513 N. Florence St $635,000 (52 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Hastings Ranch Holiday Light Up,Streets off of Michillinda Ave $903,375 (44 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Woodland Hills -Tarzana Candy Cane Lane,Lubao Ave & Oxnard St $495,000 (45 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Torrance Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza,Robert Rd., off Pacific Coast Hwy $699,000 (71 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Orange County/Southern California
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Laguna Hills Orange County Christmas Lights25473 Nellie Gail Rd $1,009,925 (42 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Moorpark Candy Cane Lane,Pinedale, Clearwood & Cedardale Rd $432,500 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Rancho Penasquitos Christmas Card Lane,Ellingham, Oviedo & Renato St $609,500 (68 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Rancho Santa Margarita Candy Cane Lane,El Corzo, off Las Fieras $600,000 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Tustin Ranchwood Road,13181 and 13191 Ranchwood Rd $547,500 (21 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Philadelphia Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
South Philadelphia South 13th Street,1600 Block $266,000 (26 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
South Philadelphia West Smedley Street,Between 16th & 17th, Moyamensing and Oregon Ave $163,000 (31 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Drexel Hill Fairfax Road,700 Block $150,000 (42 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Willow Grove Valenza Christmas Lights,Brendan Circle & Terwood Rd $265,000 (23 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Schwenksville Lights on Stallion,215 Stallion Ln $239,500 (24 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Phoenix Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Mesa West Natal Circle,Near intersection of Guadalupe and Extension $177,500 (23 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Ahwatukee Foothills Festival of Lights in Ahwatukee ,E. Chandler Blvd from Desert Foothills Pkwy to 24th St $299,950 (62 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Tempe Christmas Spectacular,8535 S. Stanley Pl $493,500 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Laveen Tasker Residence,8211 S 63rd Ave $91,000 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Glendale Ruiz Family,19303 N. 62nd Dr $216,000 (62 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Portland Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Hawthorne SE Peacock Lane,Between SE Stark and SE Belmont $362,500 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
West Hills Pittock Mansion3229 Northwest Pittock Dr $575,000 (35 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Starkwood Starkwood Neighborhood,North on SE 111th St off SE Stark St $160,000 (46 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Tualatin Kawanda Court ,95th and Avery $246,205 (36 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Gladstone/ Milwaukie SE Ridgewood Drive,Off of Webster Rd $205,000 (29 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Sacramento Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Rocklin Pebble Creek Lights,Pebble Creek Dr & Strand Rd $262,000 (76 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Roseville Twinwood Loop,Near intersection of Pleasant Grove Blvd and Roseville Pkwy $260,000 (52 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Arden Rosie’s Toy Drive,3961 Fair Oaks Blvd $485,000 (41 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
East Sacramento East Sacramento Christmas Lights42nd St between J St & Folsom Blvd $800,750 (22 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Elk Grove Elk Grove Community,9120 Rizes Wy $278,500 (28 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
San Francisco/Bay Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Alameda Christmas Tree Lane,3200 Thompson Ave $628,000 (34 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Palo Alto Christmas Tree Lane,1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton St $2,275,000 (64 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Novato Rombeiro’s Christmas House,34 Devonshire Dr $550,000 (35 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
San Jose Glacier Lights,1401 and 1405 Glacier Dr $612,500 (28 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Castro Hill Tom & Jerry Christmas Tree,3650 21st St $1,883,750 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Seattle/Puget Sound Area
Neighborhood Must-See Home/Street Median Home Price Map/Homes for Sale
Ravenna Candy Cane Lane,NE Park Rd, off Ravenna Blvd $576,500 (60 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Greenwood Olympic Manor,NW 85th St & 23rd Ave NW $445,000 (23 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Queen Anne Queen Anne Hill/Kerry Park,211 W. Highland Dr $757,500 (20 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
West Seattle Menashe Family,5600 block of Beach Dr $385,000 (28 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby
Kirkland The McConnell House13837 101st Pl NE $389,950 (33 sales) Map of the area and homes for sale nearby

About Redfin
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin, has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin’s online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don’t pay brokers a commission. The company serves 19 U.S. markets, and has closed more than $5 billion in home sales. Follow us on blog.redfin.com or @redfin.

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