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I was just curious how other members find abandoned houses.  My method so far has been to just drive around.  Do you use Google Earth, or do you have another method that you use?
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TheAbandoned Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student Photographer
I have just come across this,
Now 1 of 2 things will happen if this kicks off ad gets popular.
1. Everything will be nice and you will be able to urbex more easily.
2. The publicity of the site will force the demolition/police patrol/blocking off of the sites in question.
But if you live near any of the sites it's possible worth a try.
ZerberuZ Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I just find the places through different ways ... google, people telling me about abandoned places, old people talking about the good old times and how the city changed are a good source too :)
well for the industrial .. i'm blessed with luck because i come from an industrial area and it is really hard to not find some abandoned factories :)
Aude-la-randonneuse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
but it's really interesting because I found my abandoned house on google maps. The problem is that viewed from above, it seems to be a normal house. How to make the difference and not coming at people's house and being very disappointed?
NapleGray Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
If you go to i think views on google earth there are historic views also, sometimes you can go back to 2001 in views, and different seasons. Bing Maps also many times has different views.
Aude-la-randonneuse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ok, I will try
But I notice Google earth shows old pictures (like my car at my parent's house, 3 years ago)
Aude-la-randonneuse Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Good idea because I never thought of google...

I find the houses when I run, or go for a walk
Even if I have no time to explore I remember where they are
urbandecaypromotions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Google is your best friend..altho sometimes it can be very out of date!

Use local knowledge as's amazing how often you get told stuff if you just ask nicely :-)
sadaciC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I walk and I also ask around; luckily I live in a town where these houses and buildings are not at all hard to find. Fading town of the industrial era.
NapleGray Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Last time I walked to an abandoned place it was torn:chainsaw: down a week later............don't know if that was bad luck or not.
Darthbane2007 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Yeah, I usually just drive around to find my locations..
Hertz18360 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Google was my friend, but I also have some acquaintances on, and also (UER can be a zoo, but it's a fantastic resource.)

Usually you'll see higher profile targets at those though; abandoned hospitals, schools, factories... that sort of thing.

Strictly houses though, word of mouth seems to help.

Good luck out there.
AnnoyedGirl Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
Usually I hear word about it from someone else. Or from websites. A few times I've just been hiking and have stumbled across them
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I use a variety of methods that have changed a bit over time. Initially I just drove around. But as people got to know what I do, sometimes from the shows that I have done and the news paper articles, I began to get e-mails and phone calls telling me about many places. Now I suppose it is just a combination of many things. I love to travel, and see the country, when I see something and I have time, I stop... if not... well maybe next time I will be able to stop.
NapleGray Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Personally I just drive different back roads, or use different roads to get to my usual places. Things are always changing, so go different routes. You can use goggle earth with the historic view on. Look for drivways that lead to nothing, then check the older views. Both methods work for me. Sharing info helps if other deviants live around you.

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