In the last several years there has been more of an emphasis placed on health and well-being, and as a result, a greater awareness of the number of steps taken each day. Pedometers are now being seen on wrists of people of all ages. Not only is walking good for your health, but living in a walkable neighborhood can actually attract more buyers to your area and may be a compelling factor when prospects are looking to purchase a home. There’s even an entire website dedicated to scoring the walkability of a neighborhood or town. The walkability movement proves that the age old real estate saying, ‘location, location, location’ still rings true.
So why are walkable communities in high demand?
1. It’s healthy
There is a reason the U.S. Surgeon General started the Step It Up program to encourage walking and walkability, because it’s one of the most important actions people can take to improve their overall health. A study done by the American Heart Association found that people who moved to a walkable community have a 54% lower chance of high blood pressure.
2. It’s better for the planet
Choosing walking over driving is a great way to reduce greenhouse gases that lead to climate change. On top of that, walking instead of driving will reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars.
3. It costs less
Your gas budget will decrease when choosing to walk. The more you incorporate walking into your daily routine, the less often you’ll have to fill up at the pump.
4. It’s convenient
Living close enough to walk to public places may save time that would normally be spent sitting in traffic and searching for a parking spot. Plus, you can cut back on time you spend in the gym if you incorporate walking into your routine.
5. It encourages a sense of community
The more time you spend walking in your community the greater connection you may have with it. You’ll interact with more people and may even gain an increased awareness of what is going on in your community. You may also be more inclined to shop locally, and in turn, help the economic stability of your neighborhood.