In a mad scramble to add as many bells & whistles to our flagship Madison real estate site as possible we neglected to announce that we added some important new functionality to our Property Details page: Google StreetView. One of the unique characteristics of Google StreetView is its ability to get a 360 degree view of the surrounding street outside any given property. Check out the screenshot of the Google Streetview for 1622 Meadowcrest Lane
in Middleton. Not only does it give you a ground-level view from the street so you can “walk” (virtually, of course) down any street and check out the surrounding areas, it also allows you to "grab" the picture with just one click of your mouse and manipulate the view. This is a great time-saver because it negates the need to drive out to properties that you can now eliminate just by observing the surrounding areas online. You may decide, for example, that it's not worth your time to look at what sounds like an amazingly low-priced property because (aha!), you can easily see that it's located next door to a commercial building. You can even check out what your prospective new neighbors' houses look like. Bear in mind that Google StreetView images are based on a historical snapshot in time, however. So if the owners (or their neighbors, for that matter) have updated the exterior (or removed all that unsightly clutter from their front porch), those changes may or may not be evident from the images you observe online.
Why not give our Madison area real estate search
a whirl and see Google Streetview in action for yourself? Then let us know what you think. We'd love to hear your views!
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Jolenta Averill, Principal
Lake & City Homes Realty