What’s Near your Future Home?

Posted on December 18, 2007 | by Denny Oh

Walkscore

Type in an address and find out where the nearest grocery store isor the nearest bookstoreDrug store? Library? How nice would that be?

Now you can. Walk Score is a new service that allows you to do exactly that “ just type in an address and a full map, with everything youre looking for instantly pops up. Thinking about moving? Want to know where the nearest grocery store is? How about the closest gym?

Within a few seconds, a map of the propertys neighborhood will be generated and a detailed list of grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, movie theaters, schools, parks and so on, will be mapped. You can scan the map and click on categorized icons, or you can look at the detailed list to find what youre looking for.

Walk Score even lists how far away these places are and you can scroll through the list of gyms, bars and restaurants, assuming there are more than just one. I have to admit, this is a pretty awesome tool.

After the map is generated, a Walk Score is generated. A score of 90“100 is a Walkers Paradise and well, you get the idea. After typing in various addresses, Id have to agree with most of the scores. Some things that the site doesnt take into account though, are how large/small the streets are. A busy street is seen just like a small streetweather isnt taken into account, crime isnt and a few other factors are neglected.

Overall, I think this is a great way to see what services are near your home, or future home. Aside from knowing the area, or driving/walking the neighborhood, this acts as a very good alternative. Happy hunting.

Click here to search your neighborhood.

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