Buying a home? Consider its walkability
If you’re looking to buy a new home, good luck, happy hunting and remember one thing: A home is more than just the house itself, more than the sum of its rooms, decor and landscaping. It’s all about community.
Americans are returning to the values of yesteryear, when towns were smaller and residents knew their local tradespeople. Yes, the big new trend in residential real estate is walkability. That means how easy and safe it is to get around the neighborhood and access shopping, services, and entertainment without a car. Actually, “walkability” is something of a misnomer — it’s not just for pedestrians, but for bicyclists and wheel chair passengers as well. So what, exactly, makes a walkable locale so desirable?
sense of freedom and dignity. referred to frequently by real estate brokers, which rates every address in the United States and Canada according to walkability. Its name, appropriately enough, is Walk Score.