Trick-or-Treat Housing Index: Top 5 Los Angeles Neighborhoods

Zillow folks tend to get a little carried away with Halloween (read: outlandish costumes and haunted house roundups). This year we decided to take it one step further and create the inaugural Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index.

We created this index for Seattle, where Zillow is located, and Los Angeles. Los Angeles intrigued us because Zillow closely follows the celebrity real estate scene, and many A-list stars live in recognizable Los Angeles area neighborhoods.

As a Beverly Hills native, it’s my pleasure to present you with the best overall neighborhoods to trick-or-treat this Halloween.

Top 5 Los Angeles Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat
1.    Venice
2.    Los Feliz
3.    Westwood
4.    Silver Lake
5.    Beverly Hills

Methodology

There is a common belief that wealthy neighborhoods are the Holy Grail for harvesting the most Halloween candy. However, to provide a more holistic approach to Halloween trick-or-treating, the Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score, and local crime data. Based on those variables, this Index represents neighborhoods that will provide the most candy, with the least walking, and minimal safety risks.

Halloween Hot Spots

Venice, one of the most vibrant and eclectic areas of Southern California, is the #1 Los Angeles-area neighborhood to trick-or-treat this Halloween. While the scene is a bit edgy for little kids, adults looking for an excuse to dress up and party will surely have a good time strolling Venice Beach. The city ranked in the top 40% percentile in every Index category (Zillow Home Value Index, density, crime, Walk Score).

As the dad of two young kids, Los Feliz (#2) and Silver Lake (#4) are the two spots I would take my family trick-or-treating since they are ideal places to go for safe, family-friendly fun. For $5,  kids can ride the Live Steamers train in Griffith Park through through 30 professionally-staged Halloween displays ($5).

Westwood is home to the University of California Los Angeles and is bordered by the affluent neighborhoods of Brentwood and Bel Air. The Westwood neighborhood ranked in the top 50% percentile for crime, walkability, and  Zillow Home Value Index ( the median home value in the area is $820,100). Before you hit the streets, grab a bite to eat in Westwood Village and trick-or-treat at the many retail stores. This is a nice alternative for families with young children who can’t make the trek up and down neighborhood streets.

Don’t be surprised if you see busloads of kids and star seekers unloading to walk the streets of star-studded Beverly Hills. If you’re willing to venture up winding driveways knock on gargantuan doors of mega mansions, this is the place for you.  Just remember that ringing the doorbell of a big gate isn’t quite the same as knocking on someone’s front door. Beverly Hills is a very safe neighborhood, ranking in the top 10% for low crime rates. The area also has the highest Zillow Home Value Index on our list at $2,236,700. If you’re lucky, you may run into local residents such as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Courtney Cox and David Arquette. If you do go to Beverly Hills, be sure to go to “the flats” rather than “the Hills” — that’s the part of Beverly Hills north of Santa Monica Blvd and South of Sunset Blvd, specifically the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Roxbury, Bedford, Camden, Rodeo, Beverly, Canon and Cresent Dr.

I’ll be in Seattle this Halloween evening (check out the Seattle Trick-or-Treat Housing Index) but to all my friends and family living in LA,  have a safe and happy Halloween.

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