How the super-rich are making their homes ‘invisible’ Last updated: August 25, 2016 8:44 am

 

Last updated: August 25, 2016 8:44 am
How the super-rich are making their homes ‘invisible’

Kate Allen

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/7a707048-648d-11e6-8310-ecf0bddad2...

Privacy is perhaps the greatest luxury anyone can buy, hence the trend for properties hidden from prying eyes and online searches. There is nothing remarkable about 23726 Long Valley Road — except that it does not appear to exist.

Estate agents’ advertisements show that the high-end Californian home — six bedrooms, pizza oven, pool — is situated in a gated community on the edge of Los Angeles. Yet prospective buyers searching online to check out the neighbourhood are wasting their time — none of the area’s 648 homes appear on Google Street View.

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All that online maps show of the area are street routes and names — what could perhaps be an outline plan for a future housing development. But anyone looking for a kerbside view of the property will find no evidence of it.

The community’s name gives a clue why: it is called Hidden Hills. What the area’s occupants — who reportedly include Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez — value above all is privacy. That includes banning Google’s photography vehicles from entering (and declining to talk to the FT; a spokeswoman for the area’s management company said it had a policy of not giving interviews to the press).

Academics have long used the names “hidden communities” or “invisible communities” to denote areas with high concentrations of deprivation and social marginalisation. Yet some of the world’s most privileged people are choosing to hide from the public eye to protect their homes from burglars and other forms of unwelcome attention.

In an evermore connected world, privacy is perhaps the greatest luxury anyone can buy.

This demand for under-the-radar living has fuelled the spread of places like Hidden Hills. California has several other neighbourhoods that guard their privacy by refusing to appear on Street View, including Bradbury and Bell Canyon. All are among the most affluent neighbourhoods in the US.

Author and futurist Geoff Manaugh, whose book A Burglar’s Guide To The City documents these attempts to take entire communities out of the public gaze, calls it an “urban-scale non-disclosure agreement”.

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My house is hidden from view

The area you posted has a guarded gate. The guard probably would not let the google truck in. It went up to the gate but no further.

Our house is hidden from view. But it is not because of a guarded gate (other than our gate with a dog behind it)... Our area has a sign on the main road "No Outlet" and the Google truck doesn't come to our area. It just passes the road by. smile

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Interesting coincidence

Just a couple of hours ago, I was on Google Earth looking for Oprah Winfield's house on Maui. I wasn't surprised that I couldn't find the street address, but I did find an article that described how to find it by car.
So I followed the link, following this road and that on Maui and knew I was getting close. But then - GE ran me right into a huge bank of impenetrable clouds. How convenient, I thought, that Oprah's house can't be seen by GE. Coincidence? I think not. Think about it - how often have you seen your target covered by clouds?

Phil

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Wow

And you were looking for Oprah's house, why???

maybe

windwalker wrote:

And you were looking for Oprah's house, why???

he couldn't believe she had one and not 5 or 6 or 7... razz

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clouds

plunder wrote:

...But then - GE ran me right into a huge bank of impenetrable clouds. How convenient, I thought, that Oprah's house can't be seen by GE. Coincidence? I think not. Think about it - how often have you seen your target covered by clouds?

Phil

How do I order clouds for my house?

dobs108 smile

Clouds Happen

plunder wrote:

Just a couple of hours ago, I was on Google Earth looking for Oprah Winfield's house on Maui. I wasn't surprised that I couldn't find the street address, but I did find an article that described how to find it by car.
So I followed the link, following this road and that on Maui and knew I was getting close. But then - GE ran me right into a huge bank of impenetrable clouds. How convenient, I thought, that Oprah's house can't be seen by GE. Coincidence? I think not. Think about it - how often have you seen your target covered by clouds?

Phil

Try using Google Earth's "time slider" to view earlier images. I suspect you'll find one without the clouds.

Most of these

people should be invisible and never seen.
My opinion.

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Now I know I left my

Jery wrote:

people should be invisible and never seen.

jar of vanishing cream somewhere... razz

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Because...

windwalker wrote:

And you were looking for Oprah's house, why???

There was one of those ad-like thingies that talked about her house. (It was a slow night for my brain.) There were several impressive pictures of the house, so I wondered what it would like from GE. Wasn't my fault. It was my brain's fault.

Phil

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I doubt that google truck

I doubt that google truck ever came to our area....
It's all Satellite views around here...

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Invisible? Not really.

The link in the OP makes this comment.

Quote:

There is nothing remarkable about 23726 Long Valley Road — except that it does not appear to exist.
Estate agents’ advertisements show that the high-end Californian home — six bedrooms, pizza oven, pool — is situated in a gated community on the edge of Los Angeles. Yet prospective buyers searching online to check out the neighbourhood are wasting their time — none of the area’s 648 homes appear on Google Street View.

try this link
https://www.google.com/maps/place/23726+Long+Valley+Rd,+Hidden+Hills,+CA+91302/@34.1584868,-118.6444784,15.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c29e6ddc17221f:0xb60c43be150ee8d5!8m2!3d34.159947!4d-118.644401

or
http://goo.gl/cQrgKf

Switch to "Earth" view.

Use "3D" with the Cntl key to scroll around.

Note: if you start to use "Street View" the roads in Hidden Valley are not in blue meaning there is no street view

Minor Correction..

jgermann wrote:

The link in the OP makes this comment.

Quote:

There is nothing remarkable about 23726 Long Valley Road — except that it does not appear to exist.

If you go into the link; you'll find it's a partial cut n' paste of what's contained in the link..

it's not the OP's comment..

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Hilton Head Island

If you check Google maps for the city of Hilton Head Island, SC you will find that large areas do not have street view. The city has several large gated communities; published claims put it at 70% of the island. I am not aware that it is refuge for the newly rich and famous (or infamous). It is definitely upscale so I am guessing it is more for people who don't want to deal with the other 99% of the population.

Sorry for the misunderstanding

BarneyBadass wrote:
jgermann wrote:

The link in the OP makes this comment.

Quote:

There is nothing remarkable about 23726 Long Valley Road — except that it does not appear to exist.

If you go into the link; you'll find it's a partial cut n' paste of what's contained in the link..

it's not the OP's comment..

Perhaps if I had said "[t]he link in the original post makes this comment", it would not have been interpreted as "original Poster". I was indeed quoting from words in the link.

The very rich really do have

The very rich really do have some nice perks.

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