Buy­ing a home? Con­sider its walk­a­bil­ity

The Progress-Index - At Home - - NEWS - By Laura Firszt —

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.

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