Study Finds Connection Between Neighborhood Walkability and Home Values

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine

A recent study released by CEOs for Cities shows homes located in walking-friendly neighborhoods–with nearby amenities such as parks, schools, libraries, restaurants, and coffee shops­–sell at higher prices than homes in less walkable neighborhoods.

The data, provided by ZipRealty, was compiled from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 U.S. markets. The report scored a neighborhood’s walkability by measuring the distance and variety of typical household services, products, and activities. “Walk Scores” from 0-100 were assigned to each area.

Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities,” released Aug. 18, found that in 13 of the 15 markets analyzed, higher levels of walkability directly correlate with higher home values. For every one-point increase in a community’s Walk Score, the home values increased $700 to $3,000.

City

Median Sales Price

Median Walk Score

Arlington, Va.

$393,136

71

Austin

$249,706

62

Bakersfield, Calif.

$224,233

3

Charlotte, N.C.

$279,727

54

Chicago

$386,785

86

Dallas

$231,236

46

Fresno, Calif.

$217,805

49

Jacksonville, Fla.

$179,873

35

Las Vegas

$313,903

43

Phoenix

$311,480

46

Sacramento

$284,076

49

San Francisco

$728,101

57

Seattle

$487,404

68

Stockton, Calif.

$248,513

38

Tucson

$190,194

51

Straying from the trend, Las Vegas’ walkability correlated with lower home prices. And no statistical connection could be made between Bakersfield, Calif.’s walkability and housing values.

“Walkability is a factor we’ve always considered important for buyers and sellers when bidding or pricing a home. We appreciate that ‘Walk the Walk’ has confirmed this intrinsic value,” says Patrick Lashinsky, CEO for ZipRealty.

CEOs for Cities is a network of civic, business, academic, and philanthropic urban leaders working to build and sustain American cities. For more information on the Walk the Walk study, visit www.ceosforcities.org.

Erica Christoffer

Erica Christoffer is a multimedia journalist and contributing writer and editor for REALTOR® Magazine. She can be reached at echristoffer@realtors.org.

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  1. http://www.WalkScore.com is a great website for checking amenities near a home. I recommend it to clients all the time!

  2. I recently added Walkscore results to the Property Details page of my Madison WI real estate website. It’s proven to be one of the most popular features on my site in what I believe is a distinctly growing trend: homes with superior walkability.

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