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Re: Walkscore

Post by BPA » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:28 am


My house is worth about $230k and houses like mine can be rented for $1400/month. There are very few apartments for rent.

Like Jennypenny, the walkscore doesn't really mean much to me since I can walk to almost anything I need including work for both my brother and me. I don't own a car and have managed just fine here for over ten years.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by DSKla » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:47 pm

Moving to a new apartment soon. It's a 75. In truth, the grocery stores aren't very close, but I usually shop after work before busing home.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by SallyJo » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:25 am

My place has a 99 walkscore, 100 ridescore (public transit), and a 63 bikescore. (Toronto, downtown). I own the place outright, but it carries for about $700/mo total for mtce fee and taxes. I had a car when I moved here - a legacy from when I lived in the suburbs. I was reluctant to let it go, simply because if I were to get another car later after being car-less for a period of time, I'd be a "new" driver again and would face new driver insurance rates. That would be in the neighbourhood of $3000-$5000 a year here. As a 10 star driver I was paying $1500.
Over time I was driving less and less due to the ease of the walking, the health benefits, vs the stress and horrid gridlock of the driving downtown. I'd drive once a month or less, so each trip was costing $100-$200 effectively. Nuts! Plus I was losing the aggressive driving skills necessary for downtown driving through lack of use, which put me at risk.
Real hard, but I let the car go. I have a free membership at CAR2GO which lets you get a car by the hour, one of those little smart cars. I seldom use it, because there are just so many alternatives to driving.
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Re: Walkscore

Post by polaran » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:07 pm

Mine comes in at 14, which was lower than I expected. I live in a compact college town, and basically anything within city limits is accessible by bike. The house I live in is located on the opposite end from most of the stores, hence the low walk score. The upshot is that it's also located on the opposite end of town from the frat houses. There's one overpriced grocery store within convenient walking distance, and the rest are 3-4 miles away. I mostly drive to access the trail system outside of town and to commute to the cities where I work on the side.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by jacob » Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:19 pm

Walkscore of 73 ... living in the near-burbs of Chicago. I think one can rent an apartment around here for $700/month... alternatively buy a condo for $60k. You can find a fixer-upper house for $100k and then you'd pay $4k in RE taxes instead to pay for past budget excess.

We are one block away from a commercial street which has a two taco restaurants, a bakery, an icecreamery, two supermarkets, dentist, doctor, lawyer, funeral home, American Legion, one bar, a plumber, an electrician, two banks, a Walgreens, a 7/11, a pizzeria, and a few specialty/fashion clothes shops. The library is two miles away as is the post office and the subway system. There's a train station and a hospital about a mile away. The cheapest source of food within 5 miles is almost 3 miles away though! Walmart is 1.5 miles away. Biking into the city from here is moderately suicidal with high speed underpass bottlenecks and no practical way around them. However, local biking is okay.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by Ego » Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:55 pm

I just ran it and got 91. It was 89 a few weeks ago. Our studio apartment @360sf would rent for $1300/mo. I just rented a 250sf micro-studio to a guy for $1250/mo.

We have a cross-town buffered bike lane running up our street. Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Ralph's, a produce market and a farmers market are all within 1.5 miles but we mostly shop at the Asian and Middle-eastern markets which we drive to. The main branch of the public library is a short bike ride away. There are a ton of restaurants, bakeries, bars and cafes in the neighborhood and we have a sushi restaurant connected to our building. Apparently people come from all over the West Coast to go to our sushi place. Our building is adjacent to a 1200 acre city-park that houses the zoo and most of the museums, a few theater and some great running and biking trails. We go for an afternoon walk almost every day. I bicycle 4.6 miles to the YMCA most days with a massive hill as part of the return trip. The bayfront embarcadero park and cruise ship terminal is exactly 1 mile down to the bay and the beach is a short ferry ride from there.

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have this place.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by Scott 2 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:21 pm

6. Oddly no points given for the massive forest preserve that backs up to my townhouse.

We did no car for about a year here, groceries through the internet. It was isolating. Plenty of shopping within 5 miles, but requires biking on over passes or underpasses, just not worth it.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by rfgh » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:26 pm

93. But I won't worry too much about walk score in retirement since I buy everything online like a civilized person.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by JL13 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:14 am

Walkscore is 28.

Hospital 1.7 miles
Large University 1.1
Library 1.5
Supermarket 1.5
Cheap international grocery 3.9
Major city park 2.1
Rail station 2.4
Trendy neighborhood bars and shops 1.0 miles
City center (pop 500k) ~ 4 miles

Area condo rent/cost - $1,100/$140,000. Roads are very conducive to biking if you take the neighborhood roads, and there are many off-road paved bicycle trails that take you to key areas.

Even more interesting, i'm about one mile away from walkscore 88 addresses.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by chicago81 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:24 am

96 in downtown Chicago. but the grocery store figures are misleading, since most of the "really close" options are all high priced "convenience" stores or liquor stores. I can get to a reasonably good supermarket about 3/4 of a mile away though.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by tonyedgecombe » Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:51 pm

12, I guess living in a rural village in England with one shop, a pub and a café was bound to be low. No car but there are a couple of bigger towns 5 and 8 miles away.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by OxtheTank » Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:55 pm

86 walk/86 public. Downtown Dallas.
I split a massive 2br apartment for $800/mo Internet included (other utilities add about $75 each).

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Re: Walkscore

Post by FBeyer » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:32 am

Our walkscore before our recent move was 98. Now it's 28. Currently, we think we live much closer to what we actually need. We have outlet stores, DIY stores, and the library much closer than before.
I'm not certain walkscore has much merit for frugal/ERE/MMM kind of people really. Too much of the score depends on luxury spending IMO.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by johnbroker » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:42 am


I wasn't expecting less. I guess that in midsized eu cities it must be difficult to score below that.

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Re: Walkscore

Post by halfmoon » Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:05 am

Scott 2 wrote:6. Oddly no points given for the massive forest preserve that backs up to my townhouse.
I'm guessing that the walkscore has less to do with "can take relaxing walks" than "can obtain life-sustaining supplies without a rifle or a fishing pole." ;)

I just looked up our score for fun, and (no surprise) it's zero. The nearest store of any kind is a 15-minute drive under the best circumstances, and riding a bike on the narrow roads would be dangerous even if I could make the uphill trip back (no way). DH and I recognize that this will someday be a problem.

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