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WalkScore in Okotoks

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Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Benchmark

walkscore iphone app

Jan 29, 2013

I'm currently working with a buyer who wants to live in a home that is within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and other amenities. Now although Calgary ranks quite high as a walkable city, Calgarians love their cars. In fact the city planners keep building these amazing roads so we can zip around in our SUVs!  Yes, there are certain communities that are more walk friendly than others and its usually pretty obvious when you are in these communities. But what if you're new to town and don't know about these areas? There is now a new website/iphone app called WalkScore that will identify these walkable areas. According to the website, "Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address." Simply enter in the address or map the location and a number pops up telling you how car dependent you would be if you lived in this location.

What is even cooler about this site is the fact that you and I can add "places" that will help increase the walkscores in the communities we live in! I spend more time in Okotoks than Calgary and the current walkscore of Okotoks is 44, if we (ie Okotokians) all added our favorite walkable place...I wonder how it would increase our walk score? Here's the link , start adding! And whoever adds the most places, becomes the local expert. 

 

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Karen you found the perfect tool to help you out with walkingscore, our MLS has the score on each listing.

Feb 01, 2013 02:59 AM
Karen Salmon
Royal LePage Benchmark - Okotoks, AB
Okotoks Real Estate Agent

@David ours does as well. This is the second buyer in as many months that wants to walk...maybe Calgary is starting to give up its obsession with cars

Feb 01, 2013 03:08 AM