Walk Scores Help Pick Your New Community

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If you are like most people these days, gas prices are forcing you to carefully plan daily activities to save not only time but gas and money! Walking to destinations may take the place of driving for many if possible.

When buying a new home, a WALK SCORE can help you find a community that is easily accessible by foot. Environmental, Health, Financial and Community benefits are improved the higher the walk score. **Environmental benefits are due to less miles driven, less fumes and smog, along with less gas used from reserves. **Walking is a health benefit to individuals, while communities benefit from closer knit neighborhoods where neighbors walk to eat out, grab a coffee and shop. **Financial benefits include personal savings with less fill ups over time, and property values are reportedly higher in more walkable neighborhoods.

Many people today are trying to live, work and play within a smaller radius, which has many benefits as listed above. To assist you in finding a walk friendly neighborhood, this chart.

In the suburbs of Greater Milwaukee, there is a large range of walk scores. Shorewood tops the list as the most walkable community in the entire state, with a score of 71, Wauwatosa comes in at 59. Whitefish Bay and Cudahy are right behind with a 58 & 57 score. You can check the list for walkable suburbs of Greater Milwaukee here.

Walk Scores are just one of many considerations when buying a new home. During a buyer counseling session, I cover this and many other topics a homebuyer should consider.

Pat Tasker, Shorewest, Realtors®

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