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The only thing that can complete a perfect pumpkin spice latte or a warm caramel apple martini is a good ol’ fashion horror flick. As a life-long devotee to horror movies — or anything Halloween related — October is somewhat of a month-long horror-binge-a-thon for myself (and anyone else I can drag along).

So to help spread the Halloween spirit — FrontDoor has featured a few of the most iconic horror movie homes.

Friday the 13th
OK, so it isn’t actually a “house” but it is the filming location for Friday The 13th, one of the most recognizable American horror franchises. Can anyone really think about camping without imagining Jason?

Amityville Horror
Interestingly, the terrifying “eye windows” that made The Amityville Horror so scary were removed after filming. I guess since this is an actual home that someone might actually need to sell — that may have been a smart move.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
We all know the story of Leatherface — at least I do; he robbed me of about 40,000,000,000 hours of sleep. This was the home of the cannibalistic clan in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. It was later relocated and opened as a restaurant. Eat at your own risk.

Rosemary's Baby
Recently remade as a television miniseries, Rosemary’s Baby was pretty terrifying when first released in 1968. Would you put up with it for such a beautiful New York City apartment? (Kidding)

The Shining House
Finally, The Shining. I still remember Jack Nicholson’s face popping through that bathroom door when I was just a little nugget. I think this may have sparked my love of the entire genre. I would definitely stay here — you know — if I skied.

While October is my excuse for binging on gore, it’s really just an opportunity to snuggle on the couch and drink cider, chocolate, or whatever I want. So wrangle up a few old horror flicks — because they are the best — for a countdown to a fun and spooky holiday.

What are your favorite scary movies? Do you have any plans to celebrate Halloween? Tell us about your favorite Halloween traditions or plans you’ve already made!

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Not so much a fan of The Real Housewives franchise? For shame! No, I don’t hold it against you — well, I do, but not in any real way that matters.

Even if you don’t watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you have probably read in recent headlines that one of its stars, Teresa Giudice, is in a bit of a pickle. As she and her husband Joe work through their much-publicized “issues,” it looks like the couple has decided to part ways with their Towaco home.

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With six bedrooms, six bathrooms and over 10,000 square feet, the home has just been listed for $3.9 million. The house is full of custom moldings, imported marble floors and fixtures as well as architectural details in every room. “Tre” wasn’t playing around when she designed her castle (Do you all remember the episode when she was buying furniture? Classic Tre!).

Teresa Giudice

This familiar home (to fans, anyway) sits on over 3.5 acres.

Teresa Giudice

Grand two-story entrance with double Cinderella staircases

Teresa Giudice

The gourmet kitchen features a butler’s pantry and large working center island.

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Everyone has beaches on the brain! According to Yahoo, people are still eager to plan excursions to the ocean, as beach searches are off the charts this month. I can definitely relate. Though I live in New York now, I grew up in Huntington Beach, CA, so summer will always mean one thing to me: spending as much time at the beach as humanly possible. I usually head home once the air starts turning humid, but this is the first summer I’ve spent away from the West Coast. It’s certainly a change from what I’m used to, but it’s exciting to have a new summer experience. (I even visited my first East Coast beach last week!) For those of you who, like me, wish you could wake up to a beautiful beach everyday, here are 8 waterfront bedrooms from HGTV FrontDoor to dream about.

Dreamy Beachside Bedrooms

Photo courtesy of Concierge Auctions

Private Island Retreat
The first stop on our fantasy tour is on the private Wakaya Island of Fiji, where the likes of Celine Dion, Jim Carrey, and even Bill Gates frequent. This bedroom is part of the Lawedua estate, which was designed to create the ultimate indoor/outdoor experience. Mission accomplished — this view makes it feel like you’re practically in the ocean.

Dreamy Beachside Bedrooms

Courtesy of Sibarth Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International, Jean-Philippe Piter

Surreal in St. Barts
The contemporary bedroom of this villa in St. Barts has large open-air doorways that lead to an outdoor patio and pool area. The beautiful dark wood beams cast shadows in the room, making it feel nothing short of dreamlike.

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HGTV FrontDoor and Zillow are looking for your input. Their second annual Doory Awards need to be handed out — and, by you helping with their winner selections, you could possibly win $2,000! Here’s what you do.

Go to FrontDoor.com/Doory where you will find 20 categories of homes that are currently for sale across America (everything from “Homes for Hipsters” to “Tiny Homes.”) Vote each day through June 5th for your favorite home in at least four of the categories, then enter to win! One home (or its realtor, rather) from every category will win the coveted Doory Award, while you stand the chance to win one of five $2,000 cash prizes.

Start voting — and good luck!

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The day has finally arrived. Today is officially the last day to enter to win the oh-so-stunning HGTV Dream Home 2011. But don’t worry, you still have until 5 p.m. EST to submit your last two entries (once on HGTV.com, once on FrontDoor.com), so make them count!

I’ve  been a die-hard fan of the Vermont resort-style home since day one. There’s something so appealing about a warm, rustic home surrounded by snow-covered mountains and sky-high trees nestled in an active resort town. Wouldn’t you agree?

HGTV Dream Home 2011

Here are four reasons to submit your last two (or first two) entries. Hey, you never know, you could get lucky, like HGTV Urban Oasis 2010 winner Adam Venckauskas.

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Earlier this week, our friends over at FrontDoor.com announced a partnership with 250 newspaper across the country. Along with enhancing their current listings, newspapers will eventually be able to take advantage of FrontDoor’s offerings of articles and video content from real estate experts.

The first site to launch with enhanced FrontDoor content is San Francisco’s own SFGate.com.  The deal covers listing with newspapers owned by Cox Newspapers, Freedom Newspapers, Journal Register Co. and Southern Newspaper Group.

Keep en eye out for FrontDoor coming to a newspaper near you!

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