Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What's Your WalkScore?

photo credit to photographer Michal Zacharzewski, known as mZacha at

Found a cool new resource for buyers. At you can check the walkability factor of your potential new neighborhood. For a great explanation of the way WalkScore works, see my blogging colleague Laurie Manny of Prudential.

Sadly, most of Phoenix isn't very walkable. In metro Phoenix, you almost have to have a car to get around. We're working on that with the uber-expensive Metro Light Rail project which debuts this winter.

According to WalkScore, 47% of Phoenix residents live in a car-dependent neighborhood. But I believe WalkScore doesn't know everything.

My favorite walking spots don't make WalkScore's radar. They include the entire communities of Pointe Tapatio and Pointe Squaw Peak, and North Mountain Park at 7th Street & Dunlap. The whole vast spread of the Moon Valley area at 7th Street & Coral Gables (between Thunderbird & Greenway) also is super for walking.

The Moon Valley HOA maintains a bike/walk path on the main drag of Coral Gables road from 7th Street all the way around to Thunderbird Road, measuring about 2.2 miles. Besides being a good walking or running spot, it's a fantastic place to say HI to your neighbors as you pass by. In Moon Valley you still see kids playing in their front yards, teens out washing the car in the driveway in anticipation of an exciting Friday night cruising around, and folks playing Frisbee with their dogs at the the local Moon Valley Park.

Phoenix residents! Do you have a favorite walking spot in your neighborhood that doesn't show up on WalkScore's matrix? Comment and tell us all about it.

Homes for sale in the areas mentioned in this blog post run the gamut from $50,000 condos to $1,000,000+ luxury homes on huge tracts of land. The local schools are excellent (Washington Elementary District and Glendale Union High School District), shopping and dining are nearby, and best of all you're only about 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport.

Want to see the homes for sale near the areas mentioned here? Email or call me. I'll happily email you some listings, or even setup a customized MLS search so you can find The Perfect House for You.