Do you remember the old days when people used to walk? Well, walking is starting to outpace some other forms of exercise. Deciding to walk is becoming a popular choice for people in Redding these days. So much so, we have added the “walk score” to some of our homes listed for sale. The walk score is determined by an algorithm and the score is associated with each unique Redding address. The walk score represents how “friendly” the address is for people choosing to walk vs. driving. And, contrary to what some people believe, the walk score has nothing to do with how scenic the area is.
My wife thought certain neighborhoods in Redding had high walk scores because of the views of Mt. Shasta. Well, maybe the Mt. Shasta Mall!
Technically speaking, the walk score increases when an address is within 1 mile of amenities. The highest score is given to locations with .25 mile of major amenities and decreases to zero when there are no amenities within a 1 mile radius.
So, does this mean a home in Redding is worth more when it’s located next to Best Buy? Probably not, but the walk score would certainly be high!
Walk Score Description:
90–100 Walker’s Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.
70–89 Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50–69 Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.
25–49 Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.
0–24 Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car.
The Walk Score can certainly help out-of-town people searching Redding homes for sale on the Internet. However, for those of us who already live here, we already know many areas of Redding may not score high or even at all using the walk score system. And, that my friends, is why I live in Redding. I love the fact that we we’re not a big city with miles of sidewalks nor the crime or pollution that goes with big city life. I love Redding just the way it is.
In case you’re curious, the Walk Score was started in 2007 by Seattle software company known as “Front Seat”.