Aliso Viejo walk score

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In L.A. Story, Steve Martin put it best when he said: "Walk? A walk in L.A.?" Let's face it, many of us don't buy a home in Southern California, let alone in Aliso Viejo because it is walkable.  We buy here because of the sunshine, jobs, schools, low rates of crime, and did we mention the sunshine?

Be that as it may, many Aliso Viejo home buyers care about how walkable their home is.  Often those clients try to live close to the Aliso Viejo Town Center.  One such client recently picked one home over another in part because it had a much higher walkable score from walkscore.com.  That got me wondering about what the Aliso Viejo walk score is and how that compares to other South Orange County homes.  Here's a comparison of average scores for some South Orange County cities (out of 100):

 

Aliso Viejo: 52

Laguna Niguel: 53

Laguna Hills: 59

Laguna Beach: 53

Mission Viejo: 53

Lake Forest: 53

Irvine: 60

 

Generally a score a score 50-69 is an area that is "somewhat walkable."  While on average not comparable to more walkable cities like Chicago where I grew up (78) or here in California, San Francisco (88), these are fairly typical numbers of suburban California areas.  More importantly, if you want a more walkable home, according to walkscore.com, the top 10% of homes in each of the above towns has a walkscore of 80% or better, which would mean most errands could be done by foot.

The Aliso Viejo walk score is an indicator that, as with the rest of Orange County, you need a car here to survive.  However, even within the 'burbs, you can places where your feet can be your primary transportation.

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Doug Bullwinkel
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I wasn't aware of the walking score ratings.  It makes sense because it rates how convenient everything is without having to drive everywhere.

Aug 05, 2011 07:39 AM #1
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John McCormack, CRS
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I can see this being quite viable.  I have a tool on my site where home shoppers can easily determine just how close local amenities or conveniences are.

Aug 05, 2011 08:11 AM #2
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Rosario Rodriguez
Aliso Viejo specialist - Aliso Viejo, CA
J.D. - South Orange County Realtor

Doug, I didn't point it out in the blog post, but I just became aware of walk scores myself.

 

Aug 05, 2011 08:17 AM #3
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Rosario Rodriguez
Aliso Viejo specialist - Aliso Viejo, CA
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John, your Home and Lifestyle Search is awesome.  Looks like I want to live downtown. :D

Aug 05, 2011 08:23 AM #4
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