If only I'd had the entrepreneurial spirit: I would have developed my Latté Factor!

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Real Estate Agent with Red Oak Realty

In my post from a couple days ago I discussed the frustration of buyers who want a spacious North Berkeley home, ideally with a high Walkscore. I regret that I didn't patent what I use to call the "Latté Factor." It was my way of telling clients unfamiliar with our area where they would find a section of town with lots going on. It was the same idea as Walkscore, only with caffeine as the indicator for how many amenities, and how much buzz an area had. I used to describe Solano Avenue in North Berkeley as being either a single or double cappucino, depending on the block. Some blocks of Shattuck Avenue are only a strong cup of coffee. But Rockridge: a double latté for sure!

 

So the Walkscore folks figured out a way to standardize the concentration of amenities to a numeric score. Their algorithm considers restaurants, theaters, shops, libraries, grocery stores and gas stations, among other locations.  It works as a general indicator of "the buzz," but if it's specifically coffee houses that folks want, they won't be happy with just any location with a score of 79 or more, even though that's supposed to represent a Very Walkable location where "it's possible to get by without owning a car." For that, there's no substitution for getting out and exploring a neighborhood, and finding out first hand who pulls the espresso with the best crema. So maybe there's still room for my Latté Factor after all!

 

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Arlene Baxter, CRS, Green

Red Oak Realty -- "Seriously Local"

Berkeley Office, 1891 Solano Avenue

Cell: 510.717.1799  GreenBungalows.info   DRE#01209552

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Rainer
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Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Arlene, I would love to know the walking distance of a particular business, especially coffee shops and their rating. You have a winning idea there!

Best Regards, Jay

Mar 22, 2010 06:28 PM #1
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

You need to pursue your Latte Factor. I would think a lot of people could relate to it while roaming the neighborhoods. Could be the next fad.

Mar 22, 2010 06:43 PM #2
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

You need to pursue your Latte Factor. I would think a lot of people could relate to it while roaming the neighborhoods. Could be the next fad.

Mar 22, 2010 06:44 PM #3
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Arlene Baxter
Red Oak Realty - Berkeley, CA
Listing/Buying agent, Historic to Green, 2012 REALTOR of the Year, Berkeley Association Berkeley CA & environs

Randy and Jay,

Thanks for your comments! With the geo-tagging on smart phones, it could become a great app! You've inspired me to think about it more seriously. Thanks!

Mar 23, 2010 04:17 AM #4
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kathleen bonham
FHAllen, Sonoma Country and Vintage - Santa Rosa, CA

Arlene..hello from Sonoma...More and more people are looking for less driving, walkable neighborhoods, simplier lifetyle and more community...isn't sitting down having a latte' with friends  another example of the human connectiveness we all thrive on!  Enjoyed the post....!

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