Google Street View Timeline

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Google Maps is an amazing tool. Besides the regular map, there are other modes you can enter such as Google Earth and Google Street view. In street view, you can look around in 360 degrees as if you were actually there. There's a pretty good chance you have discovered street view already. But in today's blog, I wanted to share the timeline option, which you may not be aware of!

Street view has all kinds of usefulness. You might be travelling to a new location and want to see it virtually first to become more familiar. Or, you may be taking a first glance at a home that is for sale before actually driving there. Perhaps this virtual preliminary look may save you the time of not having to go (or confirm that it is a good find and you should go!)

I work in NYC Architecture. The city streets here are very dynamic and street view has a lot more predicaments when we are scoping out different buildings. For instance, there can sometimes be scaffolding around the building blocking the view. Other times in Google Street View, there is often a delivery truck parked right in front of the building blocking the view. Today, I had a case where the tree right in front was not letting me get a good view of the actual building.

So I enabled the history/timeline feature! As I scoped out the different dates available, it helped me to find a better street view photo of the building.

google street view timeline variations history

It would be very easy to miss this timeline feature. Let me show you how to use it.

When you are in street view mode, notice in the upper left corner there is a box that shows when the street view was captured. If you click the clock icon, you'll get a pop up with a timeline.

Each dot on the timeline represents a different date with a street view capture. Depending on your area, you may have just a few dates. In NYC, we have about a dozen choices! I guess Google drives around here often!

As you slide through the different dates, you get a thumbnail preview that you can click on if you want to set that date in the current view.

The timeline view could be useful also in residential cases. When you are looking at houses, there could be things blocking your view. Also, perhaps the shot you are looking at is a dark and gloomy day and how much better it would be on a sunny day. Perhaps there are street view dates that allow you to change seasons. If it looks a little dreary in the winter, it would be better to see it in a more summer shot. Try the timeline and check it out!

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Comments (37)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for sharing this wonderful feature with us.  I am looking forward to trying it out.  Wishing you a delightful weekend. A

Jan 08, 2022 02:05 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks for the comment, hope you find some interesting timeline views!

Jan 09, 2022 09:18 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Craig I do not use Google Maps often, so I am not familiar the the street view option.  Thank you for making me aware of it.

Jan 08, 2022 02:42 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727

George Souto 
The Orange Man       is one of my favorite guys!  Lynn

Jan 08, 2022 10:51 PM
Craig Daniels

Double win for you then George, street view is very helpful! glad to hear it

Jan 09, 2022 09:19 AM
Dinah Stallworth-Lewis
Priority Real Estate LLC - 318.332.8281 - Natchitoches, LA


I love learning new things.  Thanks for sharing this tip about the timeline views.  I will definitely use this bit of information when viewing property of google maps.  

Jan 08, 2022 05:32 PM
Craig Daniels

great to hear Dinah! having multiple choice views is a very helpful feature as you'll discover. :)

Jan 09, 2022 09:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Craig- I always love your helpful tips!!!  I've used Google Streetview quite a bit since returning to Houston. Larry often buys odds and ends for his projects from Offer Up and I like to have an idea of what kind of neighborhood we'll be going to... if it's a home or apartment and if there is a safety concern. I did not know about the Timeline option so now I have to go and play with it!!!

Jan 08, 2022 07:04 PM
Craig Daniels

That sounds like an excellent use of street view Kathy! Glad you guys thought of doing that.

Jan 09, 2022 09:22 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

I actually just used this feature a couple of months back for a townhouse in Central Harlem (I mainly work on the UWS and Northern Manhattan). The house, which is scheduled for closing on Monday, is in a historic district with exterior finishes not original to the house. A developer bought the house and was doing a fix and flip- and I was concerned that the exterior had a liquid applied membrane that the developer applied as a quick fix to the original exterior. Turns out that the Google Street View Timeline revealed the house has been like that for at least 10 years and the developer only owned it for 2 years. I think my clients will eventually want to restore the façade to match historical records - but first they have a lot of cosmetic interior changes they want to make. I at least let them know, that working with Landmarks is not typically a quick process- and they are ok with that.

Jan 08, 2022 07:36 PM
Craig Daniels

That's a very interesting case use Adam! NYC also has photo archives from 1940s and 1980s. If you use this link and put block=x and lot=y (change x and y for your case) in the search box, you can find what photos are in the archives. 

Jan 09, 2022 09:31 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Craig Daniels 
Love learning from you!
AND -- I love using Google Maps!
All the best - Lynn

Jan 08, 2022 10:47 PM
Craig Daniels

Thanks Lynn from a fellow Google fan! :) 

Jan 09, 2022 09:32 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I was able to check the timeline at Mt. Sinai and confirmed that Mel Brooks was right... there WERE originally 15 commandments on the original timeline!!

Jan 09, 2022 05:32 AM
Craig Daniels

That's really great detective work Alan! Now if we only knew what the other 5 said!! 🤣

Jan 09, 2022 09:18 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

HA! I have known about it for a good while, got clued in by a mapper for County, go figure. Was just showing this to the BF last night, he was looking at his old house lamenting that the new owner hasn't kept it up . . . I'm like here's when it was yours . . . ohhhhhh see? It was beautiful! LOL
THANK YOU for great info!

Jan 09, 2022 05:54 AM
Craig Daniels

I have done something similar Candice looking back at childhood houses... "man that front yard tree has gotten huge!" :)

Jan 09, 2022 09:33 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Yea, it is a recent feature showing the evolution of homes over time.  Cool feature.

Jan 09, 2022 10:22 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks for the comment Sam - some homes never seem to change, others quite dramatically so!!

Jan 09, 2022 12:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I am very fond of Google Maps, and especially their "Street View."  I had no idea it had a "timeline" feature.  

Jan 09, 2022 04:58 PM
Craig Daniels

I spend a lot of time in google maps too Myrl. It is very helpful!

Jan 12, 2022 07:21 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Craig, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 09, 2022 04:59 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

This is so cool Craig!  I can't wait to start using it.  Thank you so much for sharing and Google should send you a check for sharing this with all of us!  Have a great day!

Jan 10, 2022 07:20 AM
Craig Daniels

I would not complain if Google heard you LOL

Jan 12, 2022 07:21 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

And I thought Street View was my little secret. When wasting time, I will just pick a spot somewhere in the world and "drive" along roads and highways. Talk about an armchair traveler!

Jan 10, 2022 11:29 AM
Craig Daniels

It is kind of fun to 'explore' virtually. I do that some too ;)

Jan 12, 2022 07:22 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Thank you Craig.  It's a great tool to have.

Jan 10, 2022 12:53 PM
Craig Daniels

Very useful, thanks Elyse

Jan 12, 2022 07:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for an excellent tutorial, Craig. I had no idea about what you can do with Street View. I'm saving this to review again, and play with some addresses a bit.


Jan 11, 2022 08:13 PM
Craig Daniels

Street view and a time machine, enjoy!

Jan 12, 2022 07:23 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Very useful thank you!

Jan 12, 2022 05:59 AM
Craig Daniels

Thanks for checking in to say so!

Jan 12, 2022 07:24 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I just did this on my house and realized immediately that my wife was way better at taking care of  our curb appeal than I am.  

Jan 13, 2022 05:51 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

What an awesome post Craig Daniels  just found it . I do not know how I missed it but I did . Will have to play around with this feature 

Jan 15, 2022 10:32 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Daytona Beach Area Florida Homes

You always manage to come up with great information to share. Thanks so much.  I’m checking this out.

Jan 17, 2022 12:33 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Very helpful tool.  Thank you for sharing.

Jan 21, 2022 06:09 AM