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?

Queen Anne View Home – AVAILABLE

Seattle RentalThis Seattle rental sits on Queen Anne Hill with a sweeping view of Seattle’s magnificent skyline.  The home has been remodeled in keeping with the craftsman style.  The main floor has hardwood floors, a fireplace and a dining room open to the gourmet kitchen.  The upstairs has three bedrooms.  The basement is finished with an extra kitchen, bedroom, and family room.  The yard is fenced and private.  While some of the bedrooms are cozy, this is a great home for someone looking to live on Queen Anne and near Downtown and Lake Union – especially for easy access to the Gates Foundation and Amazon.

Click the link for more pictures and information on this Queen Anne Rental or look for the listing on Craigslist Seattle.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/2.5
List Price: $3,400/mo

 

Queen Anne View Home – AVAILABLE

Seattle RentalThis Seattle rental sits on Queen Anne Hill with a sweeping view of Seattle’s magnificent skyline.  The home has been remodeled in keeping with the craftsman style.  The main floor has hardwood floors, a fireplace and a dining room open to the gourmet kitchen.  The upstairs has three bedrooms.  The basement is finished with an extra kitchen, bedroom, and family room.  The yard is fenced and private.  While some of the bedrooms are cozy, this is a great home for someone looking to live on Queen Anne and near Downtown and Lake Union – especially for easy access to the Gates Foundation and Amazon.

Click the link for more pictures and information on this Queen Anne Rental or look for the listing on Craigslist Seattle.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/2.5
List Price: $3,400/mo

 

Elegant Eastlake Rental- AVAILABLE

This elegantly appointed 2 bed, 2.5 bath Eastlake condo also includes a den and has views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. From its sophisticated aesthetic to its steel and concrete structure, this home offers the finest materials and design. This newly painted condo has an amazing open floor plan with European hardwoods, 9.5 foot ceilings, and gas fireplace. The kitchen contains stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops. The condo has over 30 feet of roof top deck with full Western Views.  Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, check out Craigslist Seattle or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 2/2.5
List Price: $3,499/mo

Elegant Eastlake Rental- AVAILABLE

This elegantly appointed 2 bed, 2.5 bath Eastlake condo also includes a den and has views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. From its sophisticated aesthetic to its steel and concrete structure, this home offers the finest materials and design. This newly painted condo has an amazing open floor plan with European hardwoods, 9.5 foot ceilings, and gas fireplace. The kitchen contains stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops. The condo has over 30 feet of roof top deck with full Western Views.  Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home, check out Craigslist Seattle or search other Seattle luxury rentals.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 2/2.5
List Price: $3,499/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.

The Block Project Townhouse- RENTED

THE BLOCK is a concrete & steel mixed-use project; perched high above Lake Union in lower Queen Anne with mesmerizing views of the Cityscape, Capitol Hill, and Lake Union. Concrete, wood panels, metal siding and a braced frame make up the exterior of this luxury rental. The interior of this luxury Queen Anne rental feature double height living space, exposed steel columns & wood beams, stainless steel kitchen, bamboo floors, exposed venting and plumbing, and floor to ceiling commercial windows. Attached 2 car garage and private 700sf roof deck. Please follow the link to search for other Seattle luxury rentals

Status: RENTED
Bed/Bath 3/3.5
Last List Price: $3,850/mo

THE BLOCK-Rental Available

THE BLOCK is a concrete & steel mixed-use project; perched high above Lake Union in lower Queen Anne with mesmerizing views of the Cityscape, Capitol Hill, and Lake Union. Concrete, wood panels, metal siding and a braced frame make up the exterior of this luxury rental. The interior of this luxury Queen Anne rental feature double height living space, exposed steel columns & wood beams, stainless steel kitchen, bamboo floors, exposed venting and plumbing, and floor to ceiling commercial windows. Attached 2 car garage and private 700sf roof deck. Please follow the link to search for other Seattle luxury rentals

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath 3/3.5
List Price: $3,850/mo