In most cases, finding the right home has a lot to do with location, and there are many reasons why – including your transportation needs and desired quality of life (which typically go hand-in-hand).
As traffic congestion continues to plague the nation, many of today's homebuyers seek a location that offers a reasonable commute to work, while allowing them to enjoy the convenience of walking or biking to shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
According to WalkScore®, a data-driven tool, the top most walkable cities with access to bike lanes and mass transit include the following (the higher the score, the better your access):
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If biking is your desired mode of transportation – whether to work or to a restaurant – the city that tops the list is none other than Minneapolis with an 81 bike-friendly score.
To find out how the neighborhoods on your "wish list" score, visit this site and simply enter your zip code. You'll immediately be presented with three scores – walk, transit, and bike – that relay how well that particular area maps to your transportation needs, as shown below.
Knowing these data points before you buy can be very helpful and can save you from future frustrations and road blocks.
Location is about convenience, quality of life, and being close to the things that matter most.
Follow this series just in time for the spring homebuying season.