Bay Property Group can introduce apartment seekers to walkable and transit-friendly neighborhoods. We’ll show you how easy it is to enjoy the walkable lifestyle.
There’s a lot to make your heartstrings zing in the Bay Area, but traffic is not one of them. Commuters have plenty of transit options available — trains, trolleys, BART, buses, bikes, scooters, and even electric scooters, yet many of us are still in love with those four-wheeled monsters.
It’s so bad that we have been ranked #8 on the top 10 list of the most congested city in the US, and if we keep adding more people to the region and the roadway, we just might catch up to Los Angeles, Moscow and New York before we know it.
One way to avoid gridlock is to temper the American dream and get out of your car — who wants to go ballistic just driving to the store for milk when you can waltz down to the corner instead?
Renters are discovering surprising benefits to their health, the environment, finances and the communities in which they live. Besides the weight loss of residents who live in a walkable neighborhood when compared to someone who resides in suburban sprawl, your feet have no pollution and walkability has been associated with higher levels of arts, organizations, creativity and civic engagement. Pedestrian-friendly places are happier places. After all, who doesn’t want to go outside once in a while?
A city’s walkability is determined by the ease of access to amenities (restaurants, banks, salons, shopping, parks, schools and so forth) and how many errands can be done without dragging around a two-ton carcass of steel that is expensive and belches climate change.
Fortunately for apartment seekers, it’s easy to live the walkable lifestyle in the Bay Area. Walk score has been around for more than a decade and uses an algorithm to measure how convenient it is to do daily errands without wheels. After routes to various amenities are analyzed, points are awarded and residences are rated on a scale of 1 to 100.
Daily errands do not require a car
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
Most errands require a car
Almost all errands require a car
This could have a bearing on your next moving decision. For many of our tenants, walkability is almost equal to price as the most important criteria, and they can find it in the Bay Area. Since our growth occurred before the automobile age, you can say our region was built for moving on foot.
The City by the Bay
Nob Hill and Pacific Heights have panoramic views for a reason — those hills make San Francisco walkers stronger, but even taking into account the harrowingly steep hills, San Francisco weighs in at a walk score of 89, with easy commutes to Silicon Valley and other destinations, and a stroll away from culture, art, Golden Gate Park’s mash-up of people, and so much more. You are hard pressed to find a spot in San Francisco that doesn’t have everything you need — San Franciscans can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the span of 5 minutes.
The most walkable neighborhoods include Downtown-Union Square, Lower Nob Hill, and Chinatown, the most walkable neighborhood which comes in at a perfect score of 100.
In an earlier post, we noted that Oakland no longer plays second fiddle to San Francisco. As a cultural playground and nestled in a stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt with transit-friendly living, Oakland is an icon of walkable living. This sustainable city ranks 72 overall on Walk Score, though many neighborhoods hover in the ’90s. Walkers can discover paradise in Downtown, Koreatown-Northgate, Temescal, Piedmont Avenue, and Mosswood, all in the top 5.
Stay tuned for future posts as we explore other communities, but suffice it to say Bay Property Group would welcome the opportunity to be your escort on the exciting odyssey of finding your next shiny apartment in the Bay Area. Contact us to start the journey, or view current vacancies to get the creative juices flowing.