Walkability scores matter for buyers
In searching home listings, one term buyers may see pop up frequently is "walkability." But what does it mean to be in a walkable neighborhood, and why should you consider it in your home search?
In a 2017 National Community and Transportation Preference Survey, 51 percent of people reported that the walkability of their neighborhood contributed to their quality of life. Living in a walkable neighborhood can improve your health, help you spend less time in the car each day, and increase the real estate value of your home.
The "walkability" of a particular neighborhood was subjective until 11 years ago, when Seattle-based Walk Score (walkscore.com) created an algorithm that searches publicly available data to find a home's proximity to nearby businesses, parks, libraries and schools.
For each address, Walk Score awards points based on walking distance to amenities as well as pedestrian friendliness. Scores range from 0-24 "Car-Dependent," where almost all errands require a car, to 90-100 "Walker's Paradise," where daily errands do not require a car.
When looking for a home, it's important that your real estate agent understands the community you want to live in.
At Harnish Properties, we have been selling homes in Lake Oswego for over 35 years. We can help you find the best locations to fit your lifestyle, from Evergreen and Lakewood, to the charming First Addition neighborhood in walking distance of downtown Lake Oswego. Let us help you find the perfect home!
201 B Avenue, Suite 101
Downtown Lake Oswego