Thanks to the developers at Diverse Solutions, you can now search for Phoenix homes right here on the Phoenix Real Estate Guy blog by “walk score”.
What is a Walk Score?
Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle””not how pretty the area is for walking.
Like any algorithm, it’s not perfect. It doesn’t, for example, take into consideration location to public transportation. So let’s say you purchase a home near a Light Rail stop. While this could greatly decrease your need to use a car to get around, the walk score won’t be impacted.
It also doesn’t consider that it can be upwards of 900 degrees here in the summer, which makes walking from your front door to the driveway almost unbearable.
But still, it’s a pretty cool way to get a quick idea of what sort of amenities are within walking (or biking) distance of a home you are considering. If you decide walking is an option for you, consider reading this article explaining how to avoid pedestrian accidents and what to do in case of one occurs.
So how do I use it?
It’s mind-numbingly simple. Just go to the Phoenix Home Search page. At the bottom of the search choices, you’ll see the option for Walk Score. (just like in the graphic at the top of this post). Click it and set a score to search by. You can also of course select any other search criteria you like ”“ city, price, size, beds, baths, etc.
When you display your search results, you’ll see a little icon/link at the top right. Click that and you get all sorts of cool info about nearby stuff. Like this:
Phoenix isn’t as walkable a city as say San Francisco or New York City, but there are some areas with very high walk scores (typically in the downtown Phoenix area. Parts of Tempe and Mesa are also very walkable).
So give it a whirl. If nothing else, it’s additional data at your fingertips. And additional data in a home search is a good thing.