Statistically Speaking, It’s the Best
I don’t mean to keep bragging about my new place (or do I?) but it’s really quite nice. Not only is the house itself great, it is in a fantastic location. Thanks to a tip from a friend, I found some useful information about my address on walkscore.com. Amazing. Here are a few highlights:
There are 8 restaurants within .25 miles of my place, representing 7 nationalities. The closest being a coffee shop next door. I think I’ll make becoming a connoisseur of Indian food my new hobby.
There is a park across the street, and parts of it are only mildly sketchy.
There are countless other amenities within walking distance, such as Trader Joe’s, Third Place Books, a post office, library, any number of other places to eat food and drink coffee and other fun beverages (more than .25 miles away, but still reasonable).
If I ever wanted to walk to a spin class at the Y, that would be a viable option.
Based on this site, my address has a walk score of 100. It falls into the category of a “walker’s paradise.” Compare that to the Seattle average of 77 out of 100, or where I’ve been living in Edmonds, which has a score of 57, and rates as “somewhat walkable.” (To be fair there are other very nice things about living in Edmonds. Waterfront views and hot tubs come to mind.) I thought I’d also run the numbers on living on campus at Chapman, which was obviously walkable because I got by without a car for four years. With a score of 89, it is described as “very walkable.”
Looking at my commute I have several options for traveling the .7 miles to work (with a 250 ft elevation gain):
1. Walking (15 min)
2. Biking (7 min)
3. Driving (4 min)
4. Bus (7 min)
I’ll let you in on a little secret here: my legs have never looked so good as when I lived in Argentina and walked constantly over great distances. I plan to recreate that lifestyle here in Seattle. I’ll be a swimsuit model in no time. I can tell already.