Walkability Score- What is it and why does it matter?

Pioneer Square Pergola

Pioneer Square Pergola

Walkability- it’s a word that some of you may be familiar with already, and one that real estate marketing often uses. But what exactly does it mean?

Used by Walkscore.com, it’s intended definition is to indicate how easily and readily connected a property is to the neighborhood and community around it. For instance, is the nearest grocery store within easy walking distance? Or would it be necessary to drive there?

The higher a property’s Walk Score (or Transit Score or Bike Score) on a scale of 1-100, the more connected the neighborhood is with the property. Take this chart example. But what makes a community walkable?

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Now, why is this score important? It’s generally known that those who walk more, whether it’s just a few steps or hundreds of steps a day are generally healthier than those who don’t. By walking more, not only do you get outside, but you also use your car less, and thereby reduce your carbon footprint. If you were able to find a property in a highly walkable area, you might be able to forgo the car altogether!

And here’s some great news: Seattle is rated as one of the most walkable cities in the U.S.! With a Walk Score of 71, a Transit Score of 57, and a Bike Score of 64, Seattle is the 8th most walkable city, with it’s most walkable neighborhoods being Downtown, the Denny Triangle, and Pioneer Square.

How important is the walkability of the neighborhood to you when looking for a new property?

Leschi Rental – Available

Seattle RentalRemodeled Leschi cottage available for lease starting December 1st. The Leschi home has been updated with double-pane windows, new electrical, plumbing, and A/C to cool both up and downstairs.  Upstairs the property includes two bedrooms, a bathroom featuring a granite, tile & heated floors, and French doors opening to a deck with garden views. On the main floor, oak floors and crown molding in living and dining rooms.  The kitchen has heated tile floors, granite counters & added storage. French doors off the back of the house lead to a deck drenched in Wisteria. The daylight basement includes a third bedroom, another bathroom and laundry room. The outside includes a fenced back yard and parking for up to four cars.

The Leschi rental is located just above Leschi Park and just north of Frink Park.  Strolled down the old cable car trail through Leschi Park to Lake Washington and the Leschi business district or travel to Downtown Seattle within 15 minutes.

Address: 112 32nd Ave South
Status: For Rent – Available December 1st
Bed/Bath: 3/1.75
List Price: $2,250

Please contact Nate Pearson if you are interested in this Seattle rental.

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – RENTED

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views was just rented by Ewing & Clark, Inc. This rental featured a main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Please contact Garrett McGuire or Nate Pearson if you would like assistance in renting your home.

Status: Rented
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
Last List Price: $3,295/mo

New Scam in the Seattle Apartment Market

According to the Seattle Times, there’s a new scam in the housing market. Online scammers advertise listed homes and foreclosed properties as for rent on popular rental websites such as Craigslist, with potential renters sending a deposit before receiving the keys. Be wary if the deal looks to be good to be true and/or the “property manager” asks you to wire funds through Western Union or Moneygram without letting you see the rental unit. For more details and tips, please read the article here.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – AVAILABLE

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views is available for rent. This home features main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Four good sized bedrooms upstairs including master suite with big lake views, 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. Lower level with bedroom and bath, bonus room and attached 2 car garage. This Leschi home has some of the most breathe taking views you could ask for in a rental. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, see Craigslist Seattle ad, or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
List Price: $3,295/mo

 

Stunning Leschi Home w/ Views – AVAILABLE

This beautiful Craftsman-style Leschi home with sweeping Lake & Mountain views is available for rent. This home features main floor-living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room with access to view deck, kitchen with granite counters and top appliances, family room off kitchen with sliders to rear deck and yard, half bath and gleaming hardwood floors throughout. Four good sized bedrooms upstairs including master suite with big lake views, 5-piece bath and walk-in closet. Lower level with bedroom and bath, bonus room and attached 2 car garage. This Leschi home has some of the most breathe taking views you could ask for in a rental. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, see Craigslist Seattle ad, or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 5/3.5
List Price: $3,295/mo

 

Leschi Contemporary Masterpiece – AVAILABLE

This Contemporary Leschi rental nestled against a beautifully forested hillside located on 33rd Avenue is now available for rent. The home features a spectacular rooftop terrace with panoramic Lake Washington and Cascade mountain views. Just steps to the waterfront, Seattle parks, Leschi restaurants and shops, and minutes to Downtown Seattle. Hardwood floors throughout. Radiant heat. Commercial grade elevator. Security system. DMX landmark system w/touch panels to control lighting, music, etc. from each room. Gourmet kitchen with slab granite counters and top appliances. Sumptuous five-piece master suite in marble.  Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 4/3.5
List Price: $5,500/mo