The Real Deal New York

Keeping your home off Google is the new barbed wire fence

LLNYC web editor talks to Russia Today about gated communities

September 02, 2016 02:00PM

The world’s ultra wealthy are keeping the riffraff from ogling their mansions by keeping Google away.

The trick to privacy for society’s elite is reinforced gates, which block Google cars from driving up to mansions in Los Angeles, South Florida and other communities — primarily outside New York. Luxury Listings NYC Web Editor Christopher Cameron appeared on Russia Today (RT) on Tuesday to discuss how gated communities are successfully preventing Google from incorporating their homes on Google Street View. Take Hidden Hills, an aptly named gated community in Los Angeles that is home to several celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Try to view Hidden Hills on Google Street View, and the community looks a lot like the upside-down in “Stranger Things.”

The gates keep “outsiders out” and allow the ultra wealthy to maintain a “low digital profile,” he said.

“Having your home be private has become such a luxury commodity, that only the really wealthy can afford today,” Cameron said. “Keeping your home off Google is the new barbed wire fence.” [RT] — Kathryn Brenzel