I recently learned about walk scores; apparently I’m one of the clueless people who didn’t know about this exciting phenomenon. Walk scores can help you access where you want to live or stay – especially if being within walking distance to your daily errands is top priority.
A high walk score means you can walk to do daily errands and that you live within walking distance to grocery stores, shops, banks, schools, gyms and even work. A low score means you need a car in order to get anywhere – in other words, you’re “car dependent.”
There also are transit and bike scores that judge the same thing – your home or rental property‘s distance to daily errands via public transportation or bike.
There’s definitely something special and worth bragging about if your walk score is high. According to WalkScore.com, people who live in “walkable” neighborhoods weigh 6-10 pounds less, are happier and less stressed, and are more involved in their communities. Plus, I’d stick my neck out to say high walk scores can attract more tenants who might enjoy walking a city and not having the expense of having to rent a car.
To check if your corporate rental has a walk score worth bragging about, simply enter your address into the WalkScore.com’s database, and it will spit out your walk score quicker than you can drive to the bank!
When I calculated my personal residence’s walk score, I got some bad news. It was an 18, meaning I’m car dependent. That is often the case for suburbanites like me who opt for a bigger home away from the hustle and bustle.
What about you? What is your property’s walk score and is it worth bragging about on your CHBO property listing? Sound off in the comments section.