As much as we would like to take credit for this, we have to give all kudos to the guys at Front Seat for allowing us to bring this to you. One of my favorite new toys, Walk Score rates how walkable a home’s location is. As described by the developer:
“Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle, not how pretty the area is for walking. ” The score ranges from 0 (completely car-dependent) to 100 (walker’s paradise).
This is a fantastic tool that we are happy to offer as we have more and more buyer’s trending toward communities featuring amenities within walking distance.
Check out these example listings with Walk Scores of at least 97!
To get maximum benefit from Walk Score, here is a step by step look at Walk Score’s features list:
1. Search by Walk Score- Now this is cool. By entering a minimum Walk Score in your search, you are assured of not having to constantly look up the Walk Score for each property you’re interested in.
2. Sort by Walk Score- If you can search by Walk Score, you should also be able to sort by Walk Score. Just click in the “sort by” box at the top of the results and choose “Walk Score, Highest First” to order the search results from highest Walk Score to lowest.
3. View the Walk Score in both the search results and property details- Even if you don’t search by Walk Score, you can still see the Walk Score for each listing in both the search results and property details.
4. View the Walk Score tile- When you click on the “Walk Score” link at the top-right of the property details area, you’ll see the Walk Score tile that shows all of the amenities that are factored into the score.
Obviously we know that Downtown San Diego condos lend themselves nicely to walking lifestyle. Where WalkScore can get very helpful is in the suburban areas. For those unfamiliar with San Diego moving for job or military relocation, searching by WalkScore offers a quick filter for communities that may not offer what the buyer/renter is looking for.