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How Walkable Is The New River Valley?

How Walkable Is The New River Valley?

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Just how walkable IS the New River Valley, really?
Just how walkable IS the New River Valley, really?

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How Walkable is the NRV?

By Jeremy Hart, NRVLiving.com and Coldwell Banker Townside, Realtors Blacksburg, VA

Reprinted from http://www.nrvliving.com/2010/03/29/walk-scores-in-the-new-river-valley/ Care to take a walk? My wife and I just returned from a trip overseas, where we walked … everywhere.  We’d take the train between towns, but over the course of a two week period we covered a lot of ground just walking.  It was nice to put down some miles by foot, and it’s no wonder so many Europeans are in great shape. But it reminded me that walking isn’t just important in other countries.  More and more I’m having clients stress the importance that their new home be close enough to walk to points of interest.  That’s why I recently started adding Walk Score statistics to every single property website I do – if it’s important to buyers I work with, it’s probably important to other buyers, as well.  Now, when you visit a property I have listed, you’ll see the Walk Score for that particular home; the New River Valley isn’t terribly walkable – the average score in Blacksburg is 52 out of 100, and in Christiansburg it’s only 39 out of 100 – but nevertheless it’s important to know whether things like grocery stores, restaurants and local parks are within walking distance. Each website will have, in the Description, a map showing where the home is located, and how close it is to convenient places.  This house, for instance, has a Walk Score of 34.
Jeremy Hart is a licensed real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Townside Realtors in Blacksburg, Virginia, and founding member of NRVLiving Real Estate.  If interested, his license number is #0225077937, and he’s been a licensee in good standing of the New River Valley Association, the Virginia Association, and the National Association of Realtors since January 2004.  You can contact him at jeremy at nrvliving dot com. 

It’d be great to see neighborhoods begin to include walking paths and connections to existing trails in their future plans, or even for local governments beginning to require things like sidewalks in their zoning requirements.   There are health benefits, sure, but what about the social aspects of community that are fostered by neighbors just meeting on the street?  The Italians have a word for that – passeggiata – and they participate in it every single night. Walk Scores aren’t important to everyone, I know, but I suspect we’ll see that continue to change over the next several years.  And who knows – personal flying machines were supposed to be the future, but maybe we’ll get back to a good, well-designed boot. Mine were made for walking.

Disclaimer: I’m just a real estate agent and while I’m one piece of the puzzle, don’t forget to consult your attorney, tax professional and librarian before making a financial or real estate decision. It should be noted that the articles in this blog are solely my opinion, and likewise those who leave comments are providing their opinions, as well.  These are not the opinions of Coldwell Banker Townside Realtors, their affiliates or any employee thereof. 

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