High Walk Score Homes:
Great Social and Financial Investments
First, here’s the investment motivation to buying a high walk score home.
Opening the newspaper today, I ran across an article about urban populations. After the census, they discovered that downtown areas are reinvigorated with thousands of new residents (10,000 in Oakland, for example). Oakland has worked for that. Jerry Brown, then mayor, had a vision of bringing “elegant density” to the struggling downtown. Oakland is halfway there. Old Oakland, Jack London Square, and the very urban city of Emeryville all have steep increases in population. What does this mean to the smart real estate investor? Lots of people seem to want to move to areas that offer plenty of access to varied activities and convenience to public transportation.
This brings us to the energy saving motivation
People want out of their cars. Not only are they tired of paying those gas prices, but I’ve read that commuting is one of the major sources of personal unhappiness. Berkeley Area city planners are on to this. Their vision for 2035 in the Bay Area, according to another article by Denis Cuff in the West County Times, is for a potential growth of 2 million more people living less auto-dependent lives near more transit hubs. This scenario will allow us to create necessary emission cuts.
And here’s the Social Motivation
When asked why so many residents have left the suburbs for life in the city, they talk about the convenience to transportation, shops, restaurants, art, theaters, art galleries, etc, etc . They want to step outside and walk a few blocks to a favorite hangout. They express a common desire to get out of their suburban cocoons and go for the community connections a more urban setting supplies.
New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses the thirst we humans have for community in his new book, The Social Animal. He writes that our greatest source of happiness comes not from making a lot of money, but from our relationships with one another. We are social animals. We naturally want to be in contact with others at home, at work, and in general. High Walk Score Homes are one means to this end.
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