About Walkscore and how we find pedestrian-friendly homes
Featuring Northern Virginia’s most walkable properties
Our site allows users to >search for property by “Walk Score”. Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score promises to measure how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking. (You can also search for homes near a metro station.)
What does a property’s Walk Score score mean?
Each home listed for sale is given a Walk Score. That number is between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:
- 90–100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people can get by without owning a car.
- 70–89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
- 50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
- 25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
- 0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!
Known Issues with Walk Score
We’ll be the first to admit that Walk Score is just an approximation of walkability.
For example, the Skyline communities generally have a higher Walk Score than the New Alexandria community of Belle View. River Towers has pleasant tree-lined walkways with easy access to neighborhood shops, parks, libraries, the Potomac. Skyline Square is convenient as can be, but broad and busy 4 lane roads make walking inconvenient, if not dangerous. But River Towers doesn’t score as high on Walk Score as Skyline Square.
So, there are a number of factors that contribute to walkability that are not part of the algorithm used to calculate Walk Score:
- Street width and block length: Narrow streets slow down traffic. Short blocks provide more routes to the same destination and make it easier to take a direct route.
- Street design: Sidewalks and safe crossings are essential to walkability. Appropriate automobile speeds, trees, and other features also help.
- Safety from crime and crashes: How much crime is in the neighborhood? How many traffic accidents are there? Are streets well-lit?
- Pedestrian-friendly community design: Are buildings close to the sidewalk with parking in back? Are destinations clustered together?
- Topography: Hills can make walking difficult, especially if you’re carrying groceries.
- Freeways and bodies of water: Freeways can divide neighborhoods. Swimming is harder than walking.
- Weather: In some places it’s just too hot or cold to walk regularly.
Thus, the tools on our site are a great starting point in your search for homes and neighborhoods of Northern Virginia, but there really is no substitute for your Nesbitt Realty Realtor. We know the areas and neighborhoods where you want to live and we can really help you sort to the wheat from the chaff.
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Northern Virginia’s Most Walkable Homes for Sale
The properties described below score very high on the Walk Score criteria and are thus featured here. Contact us for tips and suggestions to fit any budget.
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(all data current as of 5/25/2013)
$825,000 : 2121 Jamieson Ave #505/504, Alexandria3 beds, 2 full baths
$273,500 : 1111 Arlington Blvd #631, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$359,900 : 2720 Arlington Mill Dr #209, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$359,900 : 1001 Randolph St N #1012, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$440,000 : 1020 Highland St N #609, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$1,250,000 : 1881n Nash St #601, Arlington2 beds, 2 full baths
$1,299,000 : 1881 Nash St #1701, Arlington2 beds, 2 full baths
$349,900 : 6210 Dana Ave, Springfield3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$360,000 : 1530 Key Blvd N #1129, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$389,000 : 846 Highland St S, Arlington2 beds, 1 full bath
$389,000 : 3830 9th St N #505w, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$475,000 : 1201 Garfield St N #104, Arlington1 bed, 1 full bath
$745,000 : 1005 Daniel St, Arlington3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
$1,285,000 : 421 Pitt St S, Alexandria3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
$519,000 : 1002 Pendleton St, Alexandria3 beds, 2 full baths
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