Consider Walkability When Purchasing Your Next Santa Cruz Home

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There is a lot to consider when purchasing a Santa Cruz home and neighborhood location is key.  Your future homeowner happiness is tied to the ease of accessibility to local Santa Cruz businesses and schools.  Are you aware that you can actually see how “walkable” or “bikeable” your neighborhood is on a rated scale?

That’s right! Using technology developed by Walk Score®, neighborhoods are actually categorized with the following terms: Walker’s Paradise, Very Walkable, Somewhat Walkable or Car Dependent.  These statistics can provide valuable insight as you search for new Santa Cruz homes or to research neighborhoods, if you are relocating or moving to Santa Cruz.

The Walk Score® transit score can also help you estimate public transit commute times easily and even ranks accessibility, giving you the perfect tool, if those concerns weigh on your mind when shopping for a new home.  A quick entry of your address will give you information on nearby Santa Cruz businesses, restaurants, shopping, schools, banks and even coffeehouses, making it easy to get to know the area if you have just purchased a new home, too.  If you are curious about terrain and bike lanes in a new area, consider using the Bike Score index to get detailed information or test your commute time.

The walkability of the Santa Cruz home you are considering may be a large factor in determining your future home satisfaction, so it’s wise to check.  If you need help finding a home that is “walkable,” contact me today.  I’d be happy to share what I know about the community and “walk” you through the process!

Also, please note, the new Santa Cruz school year has begun, you’re likely to see many more walkers and bike riders passing near your home.  Please use extra caution as you drive to help keep everyone in our Santa Cruz community safe. And consider increasing your own activity by spending a little less time in your car, too.  Less car use can benefit your health, the environment and your bank account!

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