It’s hard to characterize Dallas as a "walkable" city, try thought we might to believe it. And we will want to believe it even more now that a national study seems to indicate that homes with high "walk scores" might actually be worth $30,000 or so more than homes without high "walk scores", according to a story in the New York Times this weekend.
First thing, though, is to determine your walk score by clicking here and then typing in your address — the website will pull up the score and also show neighborhood services (dry cleaners, restaurants, gas stations, hardware stores, grocers, etc.) within "walking" distance. The higher your rating, the higher your home value, or so the theory goes. Type in a few neighbors’ addresses, too, and you’ll see a difference.
Most of us live where we live because we like the idea of being surrounded by the city; our friends who didn’t have already hit the road for the suburbs, which not surprisingly don’t rate well in terms of "walkability". We wrote about this walk score phenonemon on Back Talk awhile back, but the link between walkability and home value hadn’t been established. Now that it has, it kind of makes you think, doesn’t it?
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