It is becoming more and more important to home buyers that their new home be in a “walkable” neighborhood. Convenience to coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, pubs & parks are often at the top of people’s new home wish list. There are now several great web sites for Seattleites to research the “walkability” of a home:
Seattle Recreational Walking Map for Seattle / Dept. of Transportation (SDOT)
The Seattle Walking Map was designed to help Seattle residents and visitors choose a walking route that best suits their interests and fitness level. The routes identified in the map come from a variety of sources including Feet First, King County, and the City of Seattle Department of Transportation and include routes that follow sidewalks, shoulders on quiet streets, and park trails.
This new series of city walking maps divides Seattle into three sections: north, central, and south. Adjoining sections of the map include a limited amount of overlap, should your route cross from one section to another.
Walk Score is a site that has been around for many years. Driven by advertising it will take any address and rate it for its proximity to amenities.
How Walk Score Works
Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.
90–100 Walker’s Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89 Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69 Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.
25–49 Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.
0–24 Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car.
Here are a few of Seattle’s best walking neighborhoods: