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The real estate appeal of walkability

Brought to you by Justin Harnish, Harnish Properties - REAL ESTATE INSIDER -

HARNISH PROPERTIES - Justin HarnishIf you're considering buying a home, how important is it to find one in a walkable neighborhood? And what's considered "walkable," anyway?

More people are lacing up their walking shoes these days to improve their health, mood and connectedness with their community.

According to The Mayo Clinic, regular, brisk walking helps maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage conditions such as heart disease, blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes; strengthens bones and muscles; and improves mood, balance and coordination.

The "walkability" of a particular home was an unquantifiable characteristic until 10 years ago, when Seattle-based Walk Score (walkscore.com) created an algorithm that searched publicly available data to find a home's proximity to nearby amenities such as businesses, parks, libraries and schools.

A Walkscore ranges from 0 to 100, with higher numbers indicating better walkability. Realtors around the country began touting their listings' walk scores years ago, but some factors such as sidewalks and walking paths aren't part of the equation. There's no substitute for a Realtor who sells homes in the community you want to live in.

Harnish Properties has deep roots in the Lake Oswego area. We are a second-generation family business with decades of experience living and working in the community.

We know every street, every scenic pathway, and which houses and neighborhoods are located in walkability "sweet spots." The Evergreen and Lakewood neighborhoods come to mind -- as well as the charming First Addition, with its vintage homes just a brief walk from downtown Lake Oswego.

Let us help you find the perfect home for your lifestyle!

Harnish Properties

425 Second St.

Downtown Lake Oswego