How Important is a Home’s Walk Score?

Wednesday Aug 30th, 2017


When buying a home in the Greater Toronto Area, there are many factors to consider, such as location, layout, square footage, lot size, exposure, finishes and more. Oftentimes, the fine details, like granite countertops, hardwood flooring and updated kitchens or baths, grab a buyer’s attention.

But, there is one important detail that all buyers must remember when purchasing a new home – and that’s walkability. 

Walkability goes above and beyond a great location. While your desired new home may be near amenities, such as schools, parks, places of worship, shopping and restaurants, it’s important to know how walkable your neighbourhood really is.

According to Walk Score, a leading provider of international walkability measures, there are amazing benefits associated with living in neighbourhoods with great walkability:

• Health: The average resident of a walkable neighbourhood weighs six to 10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighbourhood.

• Environment: 82% of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels – having the ability to walk doesn’t contribute to excess pollution.

• Finances: Cars are one of the largest household expenses – the less you rely on gas-powered transportation, the more you save.

• Communities: For every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, their time spent in community activities falls by 10%.

To help you choose a new neighbourhood in Mississauga to plant your roots, Walk Score has outlined key factors to consider when determining its walkability, such as:

• A centre: Walkable neighbourhoods have a centre, like a main street or public space.

• People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.

• Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.

• Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.

• Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street with parking in behind.

• Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.

• Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.

And, when it comes to walkability, Mississauga "walks the talk" ranking as one of the country’s top cities, following other metropolitan areas, like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Areas, such as City CentrePort CreditStreetsvilleClarkson and Hurontario (to name just a few), all offer proximity to great schools, parks, shopping, community centres, places of work and transit, making them ideal communities for those without access to a vehicle.

As a long-time resident of Mississauga and an experienced real estate sales representative serving our community, I can help you find your next dream home in one of Mississauga’s vibrant neighbourhoods with a Walk Score that suits your needs, as well as other important lifestyle conveniences.

For more information, please feel free to connect with me here.

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