When searching for the right home online, it is imperative that you use tools that will help you find the home of your dreams. There are many free resources available online that could help determine whether a location is right for you. Perhaps you’re a new couple without a vehicle looking to live near amenities such as a mall, grocery store, schools, and entertainment options; it’s integral that you understand the walk score of a location.
What is a walk score? A walk score is an index that assigns a number to a location based on its walkability. For example, the intersection of Yonge + Bloor in Toronto has a walkscore of 100, meaning that all major amenities are simply just a walk away. For those without a vehicle that need to rely on their feet to complete errands, the higher the walk score the better. If a location has a low walk score, for example the town of Ajax which has a walk score of 47, most errands must be completed by car.
How is a walk score determined? A walk score is essentially a points system that analyzes all walking routes for nearby amenities. Amenities within a five minute walk are given maximum points, while amenities which are further than a 30 minute walk from any location are awarded no points at all. If a location has a walk score of 90-100, that means daily errands do not require a car. If the walk score is 70-89, most errands could be completed by foot. If the location has a walk score of 50-69, then some errands require a car. A walk score of 25-49 means that most errands must be completed by foot. Lastly, a walk score of 0-24 means that almost all errands will need to be completed by a car.
How do I determine the walk score of my location? Simply visit www.walkscore.com and type in the location of your choice. Within seconds you will see the walk score of any given location. Let’s try one of my listings as an example! I currently have a listing at 330 W Richmond Street in Toronto. The walk score for this location is 100, as all daily errands do not require a car and it’s just a 13 minute walk to downtown Toronto. Another listing of mine, 316 225 Davenport Road has a walk score of 97, almost all errands could be completed by car. While this location is a bit further from downtown Toronto than the Richmond Street listing, the nearby amenities gives it almost an identical walk score to a location near downtown Toronto.
Transit Score Explained. Much like the walk score, you could also find out the transit score of any location by visiting the same website. A transit score gives an index for transit options of any locations. For example, the Davenport Road listing has a transit score of “92” meaning that this location is well served by public transportation. You will have no issues catching the bus or the train from this location as there are multiple TTC options that will make your commute rather smooth.
When considering locations, it’s always helpful to use resources like walk score to determine if the area is right for you. These simple online tools make it easy to see the nearest grocery store of a desirable location or schools in the area. If you’re looking for a place with a high walk score or transit score, feel free to reach out to me and I’ll be more than willing to help you find the right home for you!