What is most important to you when looking for your new dream home? Size? Price? Community? Well size and price may be fairly easy to evaluate, but sometimes it’s difficult to get an idea of what a community is like before you actually live there. WalkScore.com is a handy solution to this problem.
What exactly is a walk score?
A Walk Score is a number between 1-100 that rates the convenience factor of your location considering transportation via your own two feet. Scores range from “0-24 Car-Dependent- Almost all errands require a car” to “90-100 Walker’s Paradise- Daily errands do not require a car”. If living a car free lifestyle is important for you, then this is the best way to evaluate that possibility before you move in.
What else can Walk Score do for me?
Walk Score is the name, but definitely not the only service. Walkscore.com also provides “Bike Scores”, “Public Transit Scores”, information for local businesses, local resident insight into the neighborhood such as pictures and community information and a tool to help you search for apartments and compare prices. You can even add in your work location to specifically search for neighborhoods with easy public transit options to your office.
Any other features that can “Wow” me?
Over 30,000 professional sites are already collaborating with walkscore.com including Zillow, ZipRealty and Trulia. If you are a stats nerd (we may have one or two of those on our team), this is a geek’s dream for studying where you’d like to live next.
How to search for your walk score:
1. Go to walkscore.com
2. Type in an address, neighborhood or community
3. Sit back and watch the magic happen
Wondering why you’re not using walkscore.com yet? Great question. Why aren’t you?
Test it out and then give the Waypoint Real Estate Group a call to talk about which community is right for you!