This is a guest post written by Matt Gamboa.
There’s a small piece of information that you don’t really think about when looking up places on a map. If you’re looking for a house to buy, you’ll pay attention to the cost and size details of the house – and usually the location. The location is important, and what you may not often think about directly is how “walkable” that house is, especially if its in the city.
Fortunately we have a web service called Walk Score. This very useful service gives you a score out of 100 based on how walkable your address is. It makes this determination based on everything that is around the address, including parks, restaurants, bus stops, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc. Based on what’s around, the address gets a score in one of these ranges.
Walk Score’s goal is to one day become a standard in real estate overview. You always look at bedrooms and bathrooms. Their goal is for you to automatically turn to their service one day, as well.
The website is not only limited to a score, they also show all of the elements that gave your address its rating on a map. You can find, visually, what is around the address and click on those items for more information. Obviously, higher walk scores will translate to a lot more amenities around the location.
The company has been busy trying to expand its product, and recently launched another type of score, a Transit Score™. Like the walk score, the transit score measures how accessible public transportation for an address provided. Currently, they are gathering ideas for a Bike Score by posing the question, “What’s in a Bike Score?” on their blog.
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