Pokémon GO is sweeping the country and quickly eclipsing Twitter in daily users as one of the most viral mobile applications of all time.
The game was released last week and quickly flooded social media feeds with sightings of Jigglypuff and Charizard. As with all trends, many companies and brands will try to utilize the hype to their advantage, so it’s not surprising to us that this one has managed to make its way into real estate in one way or another. Craigslist apartment listings and actual agent listings are joining in on the fun. Apartments are suddenly being promoted based on how many Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms are located nearby.
This app-based augmented reality game has also sparked an influx of visitors to our nation’s most famous buildings, landmarks and monuments. Here are the top six famous real estate landmarks where you can catch a Pokémon.
1. The White House
Arguably the most heavily guarded building in the nation, the White House surprisingly “houses” a Pokémon Gym within its walls. How do players get to it? It’s not an easy feat – especially when it’s being guarded by a Pokémon named ‘Merica.
Do keep in mind that the D.C.-area police are issuing safety warnings to remind users to obey the law and that the game is not an excuse to break trespassing laws. #firstworldproblems
2. The Pentagon
You guessed it. A Pokémon Gym has been spotted in the center of the Pentagon, and it has both excited and frustrated many players.
Arlington police have noticed individuals seemingly wandering around aimlessly as they try to capture these creatures or “take over” the Pokémon Gym inside.
3. The National Mall
The National Parks Service is having some fun with the game and has decided to capitalize on the opportunity with this funny Facebook post:
(Granted, this is a much more accessible location than the White House and Pentagon.)
4. The Chicago Bean
Thousands of players gathered for the "first ever Pokémon Go meetup" at The Chicago Bean this past Sunday, July 17th. Five thousand players, in fact.
5. The Empire State Building
According to Curbed New York, this iconic skyscraper is home to both a gym and to a few Pokémon characters. You’ll just have to pay the observatory fee if you want to get to the ones up top!
6. Rockefeller Center
Home to the Nintendo World shop, Rockefeller Center is a hotspot for Pokémon Trainers. The store is seeing an influx in customers and has already been designated as one of the real-world landmarks where fans can add to their Pokédex.
At the End of the Day
If we’ve learned one thing from Pokémon GO, it’s that someone has finally created a collaborative game that can get a nation up and out, in staggering numbers, to our most prized real estate landmarks. Even if their gaze is fixed on a cell phone screen for a majority of their visit to the grounds, eventually they do come up for air.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve spotted a Pokémon?
And a BONUS:
7. Our very own RealtyMogul.com headquarters.
Dustin Currie, our Director of Engineering, working on capturing this Snorlax at the RealtyMogul.com Headquarters.