Google’s new “45° Imagery” is now available in certain areas around the world. It’s similar to Bing Maps’ Bird’s Eye View. In order to see a bird’s eye view in Google Maps, you have to zoom in until it shows up, unlike Bing Maps where you just have to press a button. I can’t wait for it to be available in all cities!

Pictured above is a massive 30,000+ square foot mega-mansion located off of La Paloma Road in Los Altos Hills, CA, which I showcased before on this website. The home, which has been under construction for quite a while, is now visible with Google Map’s new imagery service. What an amazing home!!

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  • This is a big break through! Every time I wanted to see a home near me or a home near a celebrity’s house, I would just search it in the Virtual Globetrotting database, find the Bird’s Eye View, then click and drag until I reach the house I was looking for. Thanks for telling us about this!




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  • KEV

    Has a lot of the exterior elements of Spelling’s “Manor,” but not the perfect symmetry of exterior walls, windows, etc…(the only thing I really like about the Manor, actually.) But overall, an awesome looking home. Wouldn’t surprise me to see it here for sale in the not too distant future, however.




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    • Kenny Forder

      That’s exactly what I thought when I first saw the home! The exterior color looks very similar.




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  • Chance

    When I saw the photos of this house I laughed out loud, it looks like the enemy ships in Galaga.




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  • Nalin

    i really like that unique design. it looks weird from above, but I think it would be really nice in person.




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  • Daniel

    Is it this home? Looks similar, but I can’t tell :/

    richardmanion.com/project-details.php?id=46&p=c




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    • Daniel

      PS

      In my opinion, I’m disappointed with the way the garages are situated. Gorgeous stone exterior work and then these two random garage doors right there.




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      • Barney

        Daniel, (& everyone else)……I agree with you about the garage doors, BIG time! For a house that costs GOD knows how may millions to build, that’s the VERY last thing I wanna’ see as I pull up to the front door…..GARAGES!! ARRRGGH! And I don’t care what they’re made of, or how beautiful the designer/manufacturer tries to make them. Unbelievable, that the homeowner o.k.’d it and the architect didn’t try to talk them out of it! Sighhhhhh……..

        Also, while I will ALWAYS love looking at, drooling over, discussing & critiquing all the mansions & homes here on HOTR, I’d be cheating myself if I didn’t say again, I literally CANNOT comprehend (even with my nuclear-powered imagination) what it would be like have THAT kind of MEGA-money in this day & age. To me, it’s like these owner/builders might as well be different species on a different planet when compared to myself, and the “average” American, if such people still exist anymore 🙁 And, even though so many don’t like my honest comments (so I try to keep them to a minimum) I still have to say it……multi, multi-million-and-billionaires can do whatever the Hell they want with their fortunes (as we all can with our money) I still find it truly obscene that they’re STILL building never-to-be-legitimately-or-truly-justified gargantuan houses like this. Exactly like the Industrial Giants/Robber Barons of the industrial/guilded age, the truth is that no one will ever be able to convince me that these people will ever legitimately use even half to two-thirds (at VERY Most) of these houses all at once. WHAT MUST IT BE LIKE to have the kind of HUUUUUGE CASH to design, BUILD, landscape, decorate, furnish, pay the utilities, electricity/gas and TAXES for behemoths like this?!? Beyond mind boggling, totally!




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        • Stewie

          Barney, while I completely agree with you that such homes are entirely excessive and over the top and that even if I had so much money I would never live in something so gargantuan, these mega-mansions are very good for our economy. They require construction jobs, architects, gardeners, maids etc, and of course there are large property taxes – all this helps our economy. Many people get jobs and the property taxes go on to help the local schools and government projects in the wider area. So I hope that such mansions get continued to be built, it’s good for our country. Much better than some rich guys just leaving it all in the bank – in a way, that’s selfish because the money is not being put to any beneficial use at all, apart of course for the banks themselves. The only thing ‘bad’ about such mega-mansions is the envy effect they have on others. So normal people like me and you will feel like we are being left behind etc. But that’s not really the case, just because some people are richer doesn’t make us poorer. Relative poverty may increase, but not actual poverty. These homes give jobs to many people and the taxes help pay for improvements in the wider area – it’s good all around if you think about it. Simple trickle-down economics




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          • Barney

            Stewie…..very glad to see that we’re in such solid agreement about the non-existent, true practicality of these palaces, however you are right about them creating jobs & lots of other good things resulting from their construction. But, while I don’t agree with the theory of trickle-down economics, that’s not worth arguing about at all. You’re also right in that there has NEVER been, never IS, AND NEVER WILL BE any guarantee of money in and of itself making someone “better” (however you want to define the word) intrinsically than any other people. It’s just that as I mature and (hopefully!) get a little smarter, these monstrous “homes” continue to take more & more of my breath away (but not in an entirely good way either), but it’ll ALWAYS be big fun to ogle & dissect them online……let’s hear for the Internet! YAAAHOOO!




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      • Grrrowler

        Totally agree about the garage doors. I complain about that in many of my posts here. It’s one thing if it’s very difficult to hide the garage, like on a waterfront house with access for both people and cars from one side only. But, if the architect has enough land to build a 30,000 square foot house then he/she should be clever enough to put the garage doors on the side of the house. Either that, or make the darn house fit the lot better!




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    • Kenny Forder

      yup, that’s the home.




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  • Grrrowler

    I think I still prefer the beta of Bing maps that uses Silverlight. I just think it works better than Google’s maps. I DO like the street view in Google however. Live maps is introducing it but it’s only in limited area.

    As for the house, it’s interesting from a point of view of its size, but it’s too much of everything; too big, too overdone, too impersonal. It’s another museum with bedrooms that doesn’t look the least bit comfortable to live in.




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  • Swimmer

    It is very similar to the Spelling Manor, and I totally agree about the garage doors.




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  • Stewie

    Can anyone tell me how you rotate i.e. see a house from different angles in Google 45? I don’t know how to do it




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  • Stewie

    Kenny how do you rotate the pics like you did above?




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    • Kenny Forder

      You can only rotate the pics if they are in the locations that I linked to. All you do is click the circular thing (with the 4 arrows) and drag it around in a circular motion.




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      • Stewie

        ok. thanks man




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  • george

    In looking at the pictures I think that the lot is narrow, yet deep, and situated on the side of a gorge. As you enter the drive, the 2nd level is walk out to grade, the main level is the front door and the lower level is also walk out to grade and it goes down in the back yard. I for one have never seen a house that was walkout on 3 levels. If I am right about the narrowness of the lot, the builder did the garages the only way he could.




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    • Gatsbyesque

      George, I don’t understand what you mean…

      It looks to me that there are two walk-out levels… The main level, to the front; and the lower level, to the rear…




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  • Gatsbyesque

    What an awesome structure. I would LOVE to see interior photos and floor plans. I didn’t notice the garage thing at first, but it’s been bothering me ever since you guys mentioned it. lol UGH!




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  • Kieran

    Wow! That is a home I would love to know/see more about! Please keep us posted!!




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  • The home is sited on an 18 acre hilltop lot. The word “hilltop” is what’s important. It costs money to take a hill and turn it into a flat lot at the top. A LOT OF MONEY!!! But it is my theory that if you have room for a double car garage door (and in the case of the Chan’s house – 2 garage doors), then you have the means necessary to make a drive through to the back (with no unsightly door).

    It appears they have a second really flat area in the backyard. Does anyone have an idea what they will use it for? Maybe it is adjacent to the ballroom and will just be a flat patio. But it currently looks like it could be accessed from the garage – I can’t tell from the above photographs.

    It appears to me to have 2 ideas borrowed from the Carolands estate. The way they created their ‘under a small garden & terrace’ garage and the interior large Entry Hall. If you don’t know anything about the Pullman estate I mentioned, go to your local library and borrow the book, “Carolands” by Michael Middleton Dwyer. I recommend this to anyone interested in the history and beauty of older estates. If you are not much of a reader, skip the text and you will drool over all of the beautiful restored interiors in full color. Warning, this is a large, heavy book – but well worth your time. I recommend the library unless you can afford the $75 price tag! 🙂




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  • george

    Look at the end of the wings, the builder built concrete retaining walls to raise berms. The result is you can walk out on the two side poarches and walk away from the house.




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  • Kieran

    I dont get the garage door issue…
    I like the garages there and do not think they look bad at all, its not like there common garage doors?




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    • Stewie

      Yeh I agree. The garages look fine, in fact I think they’re actually quite skilfully incorporated into the structure




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