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What's Your Walkscore?

Walkscore is an incredible website for learning what individual neighborhoods have to offer within walking distance.  Personally, living in Chicago, it is very important to me because my husband and I only have one car and he takes it to work everyday, leaving me to get places either by foot or bike.  But my home has a walkscore of 91 (out of 100), so it isn't a problem. 

This weekend I was at a cook out of some friends who recently had a child.  This live in a condo in the hip neighborhood of Roscoe Village(their condo has a walkscore of 90).  But now with child, you know where this conversation is headed, they decided its time to head to the burbs. 

My friend was telling me how she spends hours online looking at homes and school district information, which wasn't a surprise to me.  But I was surprised to hear her add "I walkscore every home I am interested in".  Hmmm.... this walkscore site is now becoming so popular is becoming a verb...

This got me thinking, what a cool service it would be if an real estate website was able to put a search field for walkscore in their advanced search capablities.  For examples, if you want to be pretty urban, show me homes with a walkscore of 80-100.  If you want to be more remote, show me homes with a walkscore of 0-20.  Walkscore does have some open source code posted on their site, I am not sure it is enough to create a search filter with yet.  If someone could figure this search out, could be a pretty cool reason to use your site verses another agent's in town. 




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Comment balloon 18 commentsSara Bonert • August 11 2008 02:15PM


That's neat!  Unfortunately my suburban home only had a walk score of 55!  Oh well, at least gas is only $3.41 here, which is sadly is good compared to some areas.

Posted by Cameron Keegan, Cameron Keegan (RE/MAX Moves) about 12 years ago

I first saw this website as a link from postlets.  I think the idea is pretty cool but my neighborhood in South KC only has a walk score of 38.  :(

Posted by Justin Ukaoma, Kansas City Real Estate Investments (Vizion KC) about 12 years ago

Sara this was great information.  Thanks for the post I didn't realize how car dependent I am until I read your post and did the Walkscore!  Thanks again.

Posted by No longer about 12 years ago

I don't think you should look at a low walkscore is a bad thing.  Not everyone likes to be around a lot of stuff.  Different strokes...  The number is simply an indication of what type of neighborhood you have.  Maybe a benefit to a low walk score if you have kids, is you would feel more confortable with them biking on the streets without supervision all the time because there could be less street traffic.  However, for a single 20 something who likes to eat out, having a high score would be a benefit. 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 12 years ago

That's interesting to know your friend "walkscores" every home.  I've never heard of the site until coming across your blog.  My home has a walkscore of 58, but the places that come up are a bit odd. 

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) about 12 years ago

I love the walkscore.  I did not know that was available.  I like the idea of it in the advance search as well.


Posted by George Wilson, Raleigh Cary Realty 919 439 0965 (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 12 years ago

I recently did a post on this for my recent listing that has a walkscore of 86.  Very cool for the buyer that wants to be close to things.  I think that the buyer sensitivity to this is increasing dramatically with gas prices.  I think this Walkscore thing is pretty sticky stuff.

Posted by Linsey Ehle (M Realty) about 12 years ago

Sara, I love this site!  I love walking and I show the majority of my listings through walking!  It gives me time to relax, reflect, meet people but best of all, the best exercise out there for me besides swimming. 


Posted by Barb Van Stensel about 12 years ago

I knew it would be bad but Zero! Bookmarked this for fun. Thanks Sara.

Posted by Debbie Small, REALTOR (Long & Foster Realtors) about 12 years ago

You learn something new everyday.  Walkscore, who would have thought of that.  I guess it would have more meaning to larger cities.

Posted by Paul Jones, PIC Properties - Kansas & Missouri (Kansas City Regional Homes) about 12 years ago

There's a park right across the street from my house, but my overall score was only a 20. (And the closest 'bookstore' was Fantasy World -- what happens in Vegas, ...) I'll have to try a couple of more addresses for different areas of Henderson. This could be a good tool to learn more about a neighborhood.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 12 years ago

Sarah.....great information.  I first heard about walkscore on the radio.  I live un the burbs and it seems most everything is car accessible.

Posted by Pam Winterbauer, "Providing Blue Ribbon Service" (Pam Winterbauer Real Estate) about 12 years ago

I haven't heard of walkscore before.  Thanks for the info.  I'm going to take a look at it right now.

Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (The Mode Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago

I love this idea! Thank you so much for giving us something else to make us more interesting to talk to than the agent around the corner!! I will use this!!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 12 years ago

This is a very cool link. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It can be a good tool to pass along to out of town clients.

My house only had a score of 5!! way out in the country . But it was fun to see where I feel in the score.

Posted by Sharon Harris, Realtor (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) almost 12 years ago

Very neat site indeed - sadly, my last home had a higher score, sniff, sniff..

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 11 years ago

I am off to view this site- I have never heard of this idea... thanks.

Posted by Eugénie Eckler, Oakville, Ontario (Right At Home Realty Inc.) over 11 years ago

I love the walkscore site. I put it in an iframe on my blog when I highlight a neighborhood. 

Posted by Chris & Karen Highland, Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm! (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago