The importance of walkability grows at more than pedestrian pace: Walk Score now on 30,000 websites

The walkability score of a property is becoming a major part of buyers' thinking with US-based Walk Score expanding to 30,000 websites, a 50% growth in presence since April.

The website ranks properties and suburbs from zero (car-dependent) to 100 (walker’s paradise) based on their walking distances from a diverse set of nearby amenities.

Walk Score rates over 10,000 neighbourhoods in almost 3,000 cities across the America, Canada and Australia.

Sydney is classified as the most walkable large city with a walk score of 63 and Melbourne slides in second at 57.

The top three Sydney neighbourhoods include Haymarket (Walk Score: 99), The Rocks (Walk score: 98) and Sydney (Walk Score: 98).

A one-bedroom New York style apartment in The Vintage building on Sussex Street in Sydney has a walk score of 100.

The property was listed for $550 and was advertised as being a walker’s paradise.

The apartment is walking distance to Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, China Town and Town Hall and daily errands do not require a car.

Melbourne’s top walkable suburbs include Carlton (Walk Score: 97), Fitzroy (Walk Score: 96) and Fitzroy North (Walk Score: 93).

Australians can find their Walk Score by entering an address at https://www.walkscore.com.

Nicola Trotman

Nicola Trotman

With a penchant for the written word, Nicola has built a career doing just this – now Creative Director at thriving Melbourne-based PR agency, Greenpoint Media.

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