To find the neighborhoods where home owners go all-out with lights, decorations, statues, inflatable characters, and music, head to Brooklyn, Baltimore, or Portland, according to a ranking of the top neighborhood holiday light displays in the nation.
With help from real estate agents, real estate broker Redfin pinpointed the neighborhoods where home owners go all-out with lights, decorations, statues, inflatable characters, and music.
Redfin says home buyers should consider holiday decorating traditions when home shopping.
“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.”
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