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What is Your Neigborhood's Walk Score?

But did you know that walkabiity helps boost the property value for neighborhood homeowners and business owners too?

The more things we can walk to from our home or place of work, the happier we seem to be. Walking is a great way to stay fit and connected to the world around us. 

But did you know that walkabiity helps boost the property value for neighborhood homeowners and business owners too?

The Walk Score index is freely available on the Internet and is increasingly being used in the real estate market.

Each point in the Walk Score is worth up $3,000 in enhanced property value, varying by city. But don’t take my word for it. Here's the research!

What is the Walk score for some Westchester communities?

We plugged street addresses for some of city, town, or village halls in northwestern Westchester into the Walk Score search bar. The results are arranged in the table below from highest to lowest Walk Score.

Municipality

Walk Score (out of 100)

Description

“City hall” address

Pleasantville

95

Walkers' Paradise

80 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville NY 10570

Mt Kisco

94

Walkers' Paradise

104 E Main St, Mt Kisco NY 10549

Tarrytown

92

Walkers' Paradise

1 Depot Plaza, Tarrytown NY 10591

Ossining (V & T)

91

Walkers' Paradise

16 Croton Ave, Ossining NY 10562

Peekskill

89

Very Walkable

840 Main St, Peekskill NY 10566

Croton-on-Hudson

80

Very Walkable

1 Van Wyck St, Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520

New Castle

69

Somewhat Walkable

200 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua NY 10514

Yorktown

62

Somewhat Walkable

363 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights NY 10598

Briarcliff Manor

58

Somewhat Walkable

1111 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor NY 10510

Bedford

57

Somewhat Walkable

321 Bedford Rd, Bedford Hills NY 10507

Buchanan

48

Car-Dependent

236 Tate Ave, Buchanan NY 10511

Cortlandt

28

Car-Dependent

 

1 Heady St, Cortlandt Manor NY 10567

What makes a neighborhood more walkable?

According to Walk Score, the following 7 foot friendly attributes will drive up public satisfaction and increase property values in the process.

  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Speaking of “Complete Streets,” the ten municipalities have banded together to share expertise and ideas as the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (SWEAC). One of  first projects is improving the traffic safety for all road users. See their “Complete Streets in a box” toolkit for ideas you may want to adapt in your community.

How is a Walk Score calculated?

Walk Score uses Google maps to compute the distance between residential addresses and nearby destinations. The Walk Score algorithm looks at destinations in 13 categories and awards points for each destination that is between one-quarter mile and one mile of the subject residential property.

The desirable destinations include: grocery store, restaurant, coffee shop, bar, movie theater, school, park, library, bookstore, fitness, drug store, hardware store, andclothing and music store.

What's the Walk Score for your home or place of work?

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Shirley W. Homes May 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Bronxville must have a nearly perfect walk score. The center of town has a super market, drug stores, restaurants, post office, library, village hall, gift shops, clothing stores, plus benches for the walker who needs a moment's rest.
Shirley W. Homes May 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I forgot to mention our movie theater, hardware store, coffee shops and book store.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) May 05, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Really interesting! Brewster's rating is 55 — somewhat walkable. I'd agree with that.
Area Man May 06, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I think it really depends on what address you plug in. Yorktown as a whole gets a 17 and Shrub Oak gets a 49. Most people will need to drive to get to the hamlet center
laura May 07, 2012 at 02:38 AM
And the property taxes that would bankrupt any middle class individual.
Leo Wiegman May 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Here's a great recent article by Ken Benfield on benefits of walkability you might enjoy: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/04/data-driven-case-walkability/1757/
Rob May 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
The key is getting more residences near the center of our towns, and making sure that there are walkable (and bike-able) services nearby. Thanks for posting!
Dan Welsh May 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Thanks for putting this out Leo. I think the walkscore.com number is good for getting us thinking, but I feel it is kind of passive. Is there a worksheet that parallels this that a local team could use to survey their neighborhood? A quick look and I found this - http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/ACEs/Texts/070317_wabsa_guidebook.pdf - which I kind of like so far. There are sample forms in the back.

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