Thursday, January 17, 2013

How To Measure A Car-Lite Lifestyle: Try Walkscore!

Burlington Vermont
For those of you looking to lighten your carbon footprint upon Mother Earth and have some fun along the way, WalkScore might just be the helpful tool you've been looking for.

Essentially, WalkScore is an algorithm enabling homeowners, would-be homeowners, renters, planners and researchers a methodology measuring the walkability of a particular address/location. It is a patent pending system awarding points based upon the distance to amenities in numerous categories we would include as necessary in our daily lives. It offers a way to gauge how living in a given location can reduce our use of cars and increase and enhance our ability to walk or bike instead. The results, of course, contribute to our reducing emissions from our automobiles into the atmosphere. Better health from increased exercise. Reductions in stress levels. And the joys of being outside in your neighborhoods getting to know neighbors you've been zipping past in your cars and feeling those intangible, touchy feely things about where we choose to live.

For some, WalkScore won't be of much interest. However, the great re-migration back to our city and economic centers is on in a BIG WAY. Walkscore provides a simple and fun way to see how certain locations "rate" in terms of their ease and accessibility propelled by foot power.

In the lefthand side bar of my homepage of this website (scroll down the page just a bit), you can utilize my WalkScore widget to see how your current address rates and, if you are considering a move in your near future, the widget will help you in finding a great location to meet your needs in this regard.
Every Property Search on my website automatically provides a WalkScore rating within the details of each listing/property. How 'bout that!

In the Burlington area, try focussing upon the following towns to give you greater traction with broader WalkScore reach: Burlington, South Burlington, Shelburne, Richmond, Essex Junction, Winooski, Bristol, Vergennes, Montpelier, Middlebury, & Stowe to name a few...

Armed with solid numbers, buyers and sellers alike can manage their expectations and the current realities of our local market.

If you are considering listing your home for sale or buying a home, condominium or other property in Stowe Vermont, please give me a call or email me to discuss the market and your options. I would be delighted to assist you. I can be reached on my direct line at 802.238.5256 or email me at

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