Google a Street View Picture of Your House
Google Your House
Google your house and see your home at street level, see your neighbor’s house and street online for free. Check out your co-workers' addresses and see if they live in an undesirable area or if they mow the lawn.
Google maps displays your house and front yard, a handy web mapping service application for home buyers, or to help locate that party you’re invited to at a home in an unfamiliar neighborhood. They have not yet photographed every house in America, so some addresses you search for may be unavailable.
Unlike former satellite photos that presented an obviously aerial view, this application enables you to locate an address and see the house at street level. You can manipulate the view to include neighboring houses and sneak a peek up and down the street. You can even glance up in the treetops, should the house in question be located on a sycamore lined avenue.
Take a look at (almost) any home in America!
To view your house, or anybody else’s, follow these simple directions:
- Google: Google maps. Double click.
- Locate the blue bar and click Go to Google Maps
- Search maps by typing complete address in address box.
- Or – get to your section of the country by clicking the directional arrow in the white compass circle at the upper left-hand side of your screen.
- Then, double click the little hand to zero in on your intended locale until you reach the street you want.
- Once you see your street in text, you’ll notice an address (this is convenient for searching for a house you don’t know the address of but just want to be nosey).
- Type the address into the top search box to the left of the Search Maps box. Click search maps.
- A pop-up window appears on the map with a photo of a house.
- Beneath photo, click street view.
- Use the compass to rotate our view.
Locate a New Home
This free web mapping service application might come in handy if you are relocating and searching for a home in an unfamiliar area. Real Estate ads feature attractive photographs of a house for sale. Even a dump in a lousy neighborhood manages to look cute in a Real Estate ad.
Once you locate a desirable home, you can check out the neighborhood. Who wants to buy the finest home in a crummy neighborhood on a rubble strewn street where people keep sofas on the porch or past-their-prime cars on cement blocks in the front yard?
If you’ve been invited to a party at the home of a co-worker or wish to visit your cousin’s new digs in an unfamiliar area, Google Maps makes it easy to locate. So much better than crawling down the street at 5 miles per hour, aggravating the parade of surly roughnecks tailgating your car.
This is the Google Street View of my House
What a Dump
The new Google Maps web mapping service application depicts your home and neighborhood to any mook who decides to check out your area. Robbers can case the joint quickly and get a feel for the area.
In case of my own home, I’m relieved. No self-respecting thief would waste his time. Google Maps presents my street on a dark and cloudy winter afternoon. Late shed oak leaves pile up in the gutter. Leafless trees look dead. My son’s friend’s car, a beater, sits out front in all its decrepitude. The lawn is raggedy and the dingy lighting casts a gloomy pallor on the whole street. In short, it looks like a slum. The only way it could look worse would be if one of the houses just burned down and lay in a scorched pile of charcoal under a miasma of smoke.
If I was searching to relocate and Goggled my actual home (which is kind of cute) I’d veer away like a hog being herded toward the slaughterhouse.
Just for kicks, I searched for my street address in another city (they list several of the same street address throughout the country) and noticed that the identical address in Schenectady looks an awful lot like mine!
Back when satellite home photos were all the rage, it seemed intrusive. The ability of any stranger to zero in on my back yard made me nervous. It was creepy. But, at least the yard looked pretty, lots of vivid green, mature trees and a nice layout, no junk lying around, no cast-off beer bottles letting the world know we drink cheap, unfashionable beer. I even experienced a jolt of perverse pleasure when I Googled my friend's back yard depicted during a late summer drought.
This new technology that displays my home for all the world to see on a day that’s so overcast it looks like a black and white picture or a photo taken shortly after an ash storm at the edge of a dirty bomb detonation is intrusive, insulting and depressing. It’s 1984 meets Escape From New York.
What’s next, for crying out loud, Google my dresser drawers? Google my medicine cabinet? Google my basement? At least they couldn’t make that look worse than it actually is.
Google Your Face
Some of the house views contain photographs or people. Google has attempted to blurr these images but some folks are not happy to be so publicly displayed despite the blurring or feel the blurring is not adequate. Due to these privacy concerns and complaints, Google now offers technology to remove your face or your childrens' faces from the site.
The Other End of the Street
But wait! I decided to take a look at the other end of the street. My street, the shabby, drab avenue lined with dead leaves and gray lawns. When I moved the cursor to view the other houses in the other direction, suddenly, it was late spring! The houses looked pretty and the grass was green. Lush azaleas bloomed in great swaths of brilliant color. What a beautiful place to live!
Google sends a crazy looking vehicle around neighborhoods with a big gizmo on top that swivels to take photographs. Apparently, they drove in one direction in late winter, the other direction in just about the prettiest time of year. So, now I feel paranoid. Does Google have it in for me? Why does my part of the street look like a slum, the other like a nice middle class neighborhood, a place anyone would be proud to live in? My part of the street looks like there are thugs lurking in the shrubbery and rats scuttling down the gutter, wending their way through the debris. How unfair is that?
This Will Fix Everything!
Seeing my house on Google like that, looking so shabby and pathetic, I stopped and took a good, long look at the place. My husband and I stood across the street and were actually appalled. Sheesh! I thought it looked bad on the Google Street View. Well, my neighbor's view was even worse.
So, we decided to paint and add a few decorative touches. We dragged up several volunteers, (our sons) and spent a couple weeks hard at work. Doing it ourselves kept the refurbishing costs down, but the effort really paid off. Not only is our home now beautiful, but nobody will recognise it on Goggle the Street View. They'll drive right on by.
Our newly painted house - it looks so different than it looks on Google Street View
Update - And Now For the Happy Ending
Amazingly, I just reGoogled the street view of my house. Lo and behold, the hideous former picture is gone, replaced by the current attractive, freshly painted house. The new photo was captured on a lovely day featuring blue sky, green grass, and lots of foliage on the trees. I am happy.
Or am I? What made our friends at Google retake the shot? As grateful as I am to Google for the improvement, why would they return to the scene for a retake? Did neighbors or local real estate agents file a complaint? Did Google read this popular article and trace it home to the real me, the real home? Is that something that should gratify me or make me more paranoid than ever?
It's sort of like being a kid with Google as Daddy. Google Daddy somehow knows all and sees all, and through secretive deduction, manages to make me happy. And even when Google Daddy makes me happy, I somehow manage to lower my brow in suspicion, to question the satisfactory outcome.
And as I plunge further into the matter, with new results, all while reminding myself not to be a brat, I realize that I must say, with all cheer - thank you, Google!
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