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Walk Score

Are you looking at a house or an apartment and want to know how walkable the area is? Or are you a real estate professional who wants to be able to give your clients extra incentive to move to a specific area? Then you need to bookmark today.

Walk Score ranks the “walkability” of neighbourhoods with a number between 0 (meaning the area is very car-dependent) and 100 (a “walker’s paradise”). The site takes into account how close restaurants, grocery stores, schools, coffee shops, and other amenities are, and whether you can walk to get most of your daily needs or not. They also rate how transit and bike friendly the neighbourhood is. How it works in their own words:

For each address, Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. Points are awarded based on the distance to the amenities in each category. Amenities within a 5 minute walk (.25 miles) are awarded maximum points. For larger areas such as cities or neighborhoods, we calculate a population-weighted score.

Renters can search for available apartments based on an address or neighbourhood or by how far you want to commute. Each listing shows all the amenities nearby and how far you can walk or bike in the area based on a specific time you set.

For real estate professionals, Walk Score offers free features like neighbourhood maps and badges you can use on your site or listings, and the ability to become a guide for a specific neighbourhood. All things that will only help give you an edge above the competition (especially if you primarily work with condos).

There’s a lot of other great features Walk Score offers once you explore it. As a bonus, there’s also an iPhone and Android app available.

Let me know your thoughts on Walk Score. Do you feel it’s something you would use or recommend? Leave a comment below, drop me an email at or Tweet me @bamcat.

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