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Coming to terms: Walkable

by Neil Castellane 07/14/2019

Trying to understand what that home description is all about? Whether you're new to the housing market or newly returned, you'll find terms used to describe homes that you might not recognize. Or, you may not understand what they truly mean in context. The word walkable, for instance, shouldn't apply to a home at all, should it? After all, houses can't just get up and walk away.

Defining the real [estate] meaning

In real estate and urban parlance, a walkable neighborhood might refer to a community where services such as grocery and other shops, restaurants, bars, parks, and other recreation areas are reachable on foot within a 10-to-15 minute timeframe.

In another area, walkable might mean that public transportation to urban areas is within walking distance. In this case, the neighborhood itself may not hold the services but does support its being in reach via bus or train access.

Still, other definitions of walkable mean that the community has lighted footpaths, sidewalks, urban (or suburban) trails and other means by which residents may walk for exercise or recreation. Or, that the community provides opportunities and programs for residents to walk.

Breaking down “walkable” themes

With all the various definitions in use, a Harvard study published these themes as most important to walkability.

Environmental dimensions adding to walkability:

  • Traversable: environments with the physical conditions—sidewalks, trails, footpaths—to allow traverse from one place to another without difficulty.
  • Compact: where the distance between places is relatively short.
  • Safe: lower crime rates, lighted pathways, marked and controlled crosswalks, and additional safety features add to the safe walkability of a neighborhood.
  • Physically enticing: settings with full accessibility to pedestrians that include landscaping, signage, benches, shade trees, pathways, street lights, and views.

Outcome dimensions of walkability

  • Social: a location with lively shopping and dining areas, typically mixed-use live/work situations and the friendly people that live, work, or visit there.
  • Transportation: is the perception that both social equality (age, income, disability) and environmental preservation are sustainable via public transit.
  • Exercise-inducing: forced exercise due to proximity to work, transportation, or services, or the lack of suitable parking that goes with living in a more urban area.

Designing for walkability

  • Measurable: the neighborhood design or redevelopment includes walkability as a quantifiable outcome based on specific indicators.
  • Holistic: in this case, walkability references communities of improved urban living with slower pace built in, scaled for human health and happiness, devised to promote interaction.

None of these is definitive, but if you’re looking for a neighborhood that defines “walkable” for you, check the walk score website, which measures over 100 aspects of walkability, and talk to your local real estate professional about what works for you.

About the Author
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Neil Castellane

About Neil

I have been selling Real Estate in the Lowcountry for nearly 20 years. With sales of over $100 Million and hundreds of transactions under my belt, I have the knowledge, experience and proven track record to help you find a new home or sell your property. I am a member and former board member of the Hilton Head Area Association Realtors. I am also a member of community service based organizations including VanLandingham Rotary and have spent multiple years on the board, and am a founding member of the the local Civitan organization.  

About Larry

I have been working with buyers and sellers on Hilton Head for 30 years. I know the Island and the Lowcountry area and have been tuned into the dynamics and changes that have taken place here over these many years. I have specialized in new construction and ocean oriented property in the Lowcountry. However, I have represented clients in over a quarter of a billion dollars in sales all over Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and in all types of property.  I am a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and a lifetime member of the Distinguished Sales Award.  My wife, Dawn, and I have 3 children - Jonathan, Stephen, and Abigail.  All of us enjoy being involved in the community, primarily through sports, school, and church. I came down here to sell real estate and have never looked back.  I can’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family.  I can help you with villas, golf-oriented properties, plantation homes, oceanfront or rental opportunities.  Call me today for any and all of your real estate needs in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Lowcountry area or e-mail me at [email protected].

My Promise to you

Contact me today and get the representation you need to find property on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country. Get the facts: Rental quotes, costs and hidden fees, past sales, floor plans, current MLS and FSBO listings, even properties that are not currently listed for sale yet. I have the knowledge and experience to give you ONLY the BEST service and all at NO COST TO YOU!!! My record speaks for itself and my clients will tell you, ALL OF THEM!!! Desire...that sums up my persona in one word. The desire to accomplish goals in the work place, in the community, and in my personal life. Since moving to Hilton Head Island and working with the Wm F. Hilton Company, that concept is stronger than ever. A resident for nearly ten years, I have already established a foot hold in the community.