With gas prices going sky-high and a definite national push over the last several years to decrease our carbon footprint, a curiosity has grown in buyers. They want to know - How walkable is the home?
Many sellers are caught off guard. "How what is my home?!"
Luckily, for sellers and buyers, there's "an app for that!"
To find out the "walkability" of your home, one ingenious company came up with a score called a Walk Score. The Score is an algorithm that takes into account the nearness of services like groceries, restaurants, medical facilities, schools, etc. From there, it develops a score that indicates how easy it would be to ditch the car. It does not take into account things like pedestrian walkways, prettiness of the walk, whether it's hilly, climate, and other items that really just can't be easily calculated in a mathematical way. But what it does give you is a general indication of how likely it may be that you could find most everything you need for life within an easily walkable distance.
In addition, this company provides a Transit Score, which does a similar assessment for how accessible your location is to public transit.
Basically, you plug in your home's address, or the address of a home you wish to buy, and out pops a general indicator of whether you'll be doing much walking!
So whether you're shopping for a home that will help you cut back on the auto emissions, or wanting to point out how walkable your home is to potential buyers, it's pretty easy to visit Walk Score and find out!
Here's the score for one of our listings, located at 532 N. Brownthrush, Wichita, KS 67212 - This 3 bedroom 1 bath 1 car home is not only located across from Brownthrush park, but has a decent walkable score! All for under $90,000!
This home’s Walk Score:®
65 out of 100 — Somewhat Walkable
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