I am going to start doing video for the entire city...this way people out of town can see how places are developing at such a fast rate, the media cannot keep up...it really helps on both buyer and seller ends.
Yes, Google Earth is probably your best bet. It's pretty good in metropolitan areas, but does not give the same detailed view in more rural areas. Try it and see how it works. I like the idea of making a neighborhood video for listings. You only have to do it once and reuse it for all listings in that neighborhood. Thanks for asking the question. It gave me a new idea.
In addition to the aerial photos mentioned, some towns maintain photos and Assessors data on line of all homes. Check out the town's website. If so, it can be a bit of a chore because you have to go property by property but it can be quite useful.
Google Earth will bring you right down within a few hundred feet of any home via satelite. Awsome program for free. You can even see cars in the driveway. If you pay for a more advanced program you can get 3-D buildings and even bring the experience closer and even see people if the photo happens to have been taken when someone was in the photo.
If you'd like specific photos and extra work like this, what you'll want to do is hire your own buyer's agent. Your buyer's agent may do this for you if they are a local expert. The photos that you'll see on the internet are ones taken by the listing agent for the seller. I appreciate your question - I am going to keep this in mind for our next listing as this can be very useful for potential buyers - thanks!