Website shows users exactly where the one-percent live and how millionaires afford their mansions
To reach success in your life, it is advised to surround yourself in the company of like-minded people. If you’re like entrepreneur Greg Berry and feel inspired just by knowing how your millionaire neighbors struck it rich, then you’re in luck.
For the celebrity-obsessed, spending gas money to drive outside the gated communities of Beverly Hills or the Hamptons is a thing of the past. Now, it’s possible to experience mansion tours and aerial property views without having to leave the couch.
Mansion Map is a new website that shows users where America’s wealthiest people live and exactly how they came by their money. The interactive site is a compilation of mansions in the most expensive areas that provides all available information about the life history of the homeowners.
The aggregated database of properties makes it simple to virtually troll the lives of the 1% and their spectacular homes via price range and zipcode.
The next step is a bit more disheartening, and a lot more conducive to invasion of privacy and stalking. Public data available through a Google search of the homeowner gives all of the monetary stats that might “inspire” us, such as how much each home is worth.
For Berry, the American vision of success was always directly correlated to wealth. Growing up in a poor neighborhood of Connecticut, he and his brother used to drive around their bordering towns and look at mansions as an emblem of success. Grown up, Berry was still curious to know who they were and how they got rich.
Crowdsourced data provides missing links of information and home ratings to discover and share hidden mansions. The owners have little privacy in the matter, unless they request a removal from the website but the Founder sees little difference from the open information of the Yellow Pages ads.
The founder claims a knowledge of the millionaires and their path to wealth inspires personal success in our own lives and careers. We’ll let you be the judge.
[h/t] Digital Trends