If you’re interested in moving, it’s likely that you’ve seen a “walk score” associated with many of the properties you are looking at. However, it may be just as likely that you have glided right past this arbitrary number without paying too much attention. After all, what is a walk score, anyway? The walk score of a property lets you know how easily you can access nearby amenities on foot. Could you do your grocery shopping without a car? Visit the gym? Reach the downtown core in less than 15 minutes? These are all factors that are taken into consideration when the score of a property is being generated.
Now that you know what a walk score is, it’s time to figure out how you can find it for a given property. The easiest way to find this for a property you’re interested in is to look on realtor.ca! Every listing here will have the walk score listed under the “neighbourhood” tab. Click directly on it for more detailed information! (The page will look something like this- our listing at D24-20 David Bergey Drive). If you’re simply curious about the walk score of your own home, or want to compare multiple properties, you can use the widget below to calculate any score by typing in an address!
Walk Score Widget
This widget is currently set for Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener. Type your address in the search bar (“get scores for your address”) and press search!
Keep in mind that this score is only one of many factors that will influence your decision to buy a home, and that a low walk score is not always a bad thing. Do you want to live in a quiet, family friendly neighbourhood? Chances are, your score will be lower. This is because you’re surrounded by neighbours and residential properties, instead of the bustle and noise of downtown! If you usually drive to get your groceries, (and let’s face it, how many of us have gone grocery shopping without a car since our University days?) then a low walk score may not be very relevant to your decision. However, knowing that this information is available, and what it means, is still useful in your search for your next house!