How to Draw a Radius Around a Point on Google Maps

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Your client wants to live within a quarter mile of their children's school or within walking distance to a train station.  This means you need to draw a radius around a certain area on a map.

The image on the right is one I drew using this radius tool.  It shows that most of my market area (Black Rock Connecticut) is within walking distance of the new Fairfield Metro train station, which has express trains to Grand Central Station in New York City.  That is a huge selling point for Black Rock homes.


Click on and on the left sidebar, select "Radius Around Point Map".  Then follow these instructions:

  1. Put in the zip code closest to the area you'd like to zero in on (box on bottom left side of map) and then zoom in to get to the right address on the street, then zoom out enough to be able to see the radius when it is drawn.
  2. Decide the radius distance.  In the example above, I used one mile, so I put "1" in the "miles" box after Radius Distance.
  3. Click on map
  4. Decide on Line Thickness, Line Color, and Fill Color.  I chose Thin, Red, and White.
  5. Click on "Draw Radius"
  6. You may need to adjust the Zoom to move in closer or further away.
  7. Use your favorite screen capture tool to convert the image into a JPEG file
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Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

Thanks for sharing this tip...I had no idea how to do this.

Dec 06, 2010 02:18 AM #1
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Terry - Comes in handy in our business.

Dec 09, 2010 09:24 AM #2
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Gail...Great tip.  I'm sure I'll find many uses for this.


Dec 09, 2010 12:13 PM #3
Jeremy Wrenn
Wrenn Home Improvements - Wake Forest, NC
President, Wrenn Home Improvements

Thanks, Gail!  I didn't realize until today that I had no idea how to do this.  But I was able to do it today, and I Googled and your post came up 4th or 5th on the first page!

When I saw AR, I knew I could get real info there!

Aug 13, 2013 03:10 AM #4
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jeremy, This has been one of my most read posts.  Very few comments, but it's been popular on Google and this post has a long shelf life. 

Aug 22, 2013 12:36 AM #5
Robert Newman
Inbound Real Estate Marketing L.L.C. - Buffalo, WY
Creating Enduring Online Marketing Results

You are the 5th most popular page on in the entire Active Rain network Congratulations! Does the tip still work as of 3.13.2017?5th most popular Active Rain Post.(By traffic)

Mar 13, 2017 08:08 AM #6
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