Sure, high-above drone still shots now regularly pepper real estate listings, but a reader wonders whether the effort shown above — and included in this for-sale website — might constitute the first video tour by quadcopter ever to appear in Houston’s MLS. It probably isn’t, if only because (as of early this afternoon), the 3-story townhouse at 1611 W. Clay St., which backs up to the TJ Maxx store on W. Gray St., isn’t actually listed for sale on the MLS (it last sold in 2012, for $462,060). But the video was only posted on Monday, so give it some time. Asking price: $560,000.
The flying-remote-camera footage begins with an awe-inducing golden-hour survey of the home’s exterior and moves onto the amazing views of downtown and the surrounding neighborhood that might be available were the townhouse to be 3 or so stories taller than it is. But more notable is the moment about 44 seconds in, when the flying-around-the-house quadcopter camera footage cuts directly into an interior walkthrough, starting from the front door (leaving out, of course, the awkward around-the-side-of-the-garage entrance common to homes of this type).
If you aren’t expecting it, the switch to the inside view can be jarring. Has the same drone that was just flying up and down outside now entered the house, under the remote control of an amazingly skillful operator who brushes it past doorway casings and at the very last moment commands it to avoid being caught in mirror shots? It’s only after a few gotta-be-from-walking gentle bounces up the stairs that it becomes absolutely clear that the same wide-angle camera has been switched from hobby copter to stabilized hand operation for the inside shots. One day, though.
- 1611 W. Clay St. [Houston Homes for Sale]