Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

Getting The Best Apartments in The Most Walkable Neighborhoods With Walk Score

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How many hours do you spend in your car each day? How many times have you wished to live in a neighborhood where you could just either walk to work and back or even simply cycle to work. These neighborhoods are referred to as walkable neighborhoods and these have fast become the preferred option for folks looking to make healthy commuting a major requirement when looking for a place to live.

Walk Score has become the major metric that is used to determine just how walkable a neighborhood is. Promoting walkable neighborhoods, one in which emphasis is placed on better commutes, closeness to people and places you love aas well as health and sustainability is the mission of Walk Score.

Walk Score as an online platform therefore, allows you to very easily find apartments that are located within walkable neighborhoods thus ensuring that you can make life far easier for yourself while living a lifestyle that is not just healthier for you but also more sustainable for the environment and better for the economy. All you need to do is visit the Walk Score website or use the Android/iPhone app to look up the Walk Score of a particular city or location within a city. This service has grown in usage currently, you can look up the Walk Score of any address in the United States, Canada or Australia. In addition, the 3,000 largest cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods have also been ranked by Walk Score thus making it easy for you to find an ideal apartment in a desirable location within a walkable neighborhood.

Currently, Walk Score can boast of showing more 13 million scores on a daily basis with the number of websites using Walk Score services in excess of 30,000. It has certainly become the standard by which walkability is measured. Today, many property professionals are leveraging the Walk Score concept to market their properties more effectively.

Costs of Using Walk Score

Walk Score is also used by many professionals and online businesses in the real estate space in providing the Walk Score of their property listing in order to make it more attractive. Walk Score Professional, thus is the component of the Walk Score platform that provides data for commercial use. There are commercial price rates attached and they are as follows:

  • Free: This particular package has no cost attached but is supported with adverts, meaning that viewers will see adverts posted within the platform. Customers will more importantly, see the property’s Walk Score as well as a map of various amenities nearby and a commute report stating the drive times. It also has the street view in addition to residential, commercial and travel options.
  • Premium: This package excludes adverts and costs $50 monthly. Its features include Walk Score and map of amenities in the area, commute report with drive times, street view in addition to residential, commercial and travel options. The Public and Transit Score are both included in this plan while outbound links are all removed and custom map pin and styling are included.
  • Enterprise: This package is ideally suited to sites that have high-volume of traffic, run a subscription-based model or power multiple domains. The prices are determined on an individual basis, depending on the needs of individual clients. ts features include Walk Score and map of amenities in the area, commute report with drive times, street view in addition to residential, commercial and travel options. The Public and Transit Score are both included in this plan while outbound links are all removed and custom map pin and styling are included. APIs for Public and Transit Score features are included, supports more than 10,000 map views daily, accommodates multiple domains.

How Walk Score Works

Walk Score as a metric is measured on a scale of 1 – 100. This means that a Walk Score is represented by the number that a particular address registers on that scale. Additionally, there are two other metrics that go alongside Walk Score and these are Transit Score and Bike Score. Here is a simple explanation:

  • Walk Score: There are five possible measurements captured by five number ranges on this scale. These are Car-Dependent (0-24), Car-Dependent (25 – 49), Somewhat Walkable (50 – 69), Very Walkable (70 – 89) and then Walker’s Paradise (90 – 100).
  • Transit Score: There are five possible measurements captured by five number ranges on this scale. These are Minimal Transit (0-24), Some Transit (25 – 49), Good Transit (50 – 69), Excellent Transit (70 – 89) and then Rider’s Paradise (90 – 100).
  • Biker’s Score: There are four possible measurements captured by four number ranges on this scale. These are Somewhat Bikeable (0-24), Bikeable (25 – 49), Very Bikeable (50 – 69) and then Biker’s Paradise (90 – 100).

Using Walk Score

You can use Walk Score as an individual or a business owner. For the latter, it could be that you own a real estate website and wish to permit users to find out how walkable your properties are or you could a software developer who builds apps that can integrate with Walk Score. Walk Score data is also available for urban planning research and analysis.

As an individual, you can use Walk Score when house-hunting or looking to move to a different city in order to determine the best places to live. Find out all the features offered by the various neighborhoods; how close the restaurants are, proximity to the grocery shops, how easy it would be for you to get to school and/or work etc. Walk Score tells you your options for commuting and just how easy it would be by car, cycling and even on foot. You can also find out the perception that people have of the neighborhood and have your questions answered by locals. There are also photos of the area as well as places close by.