Do you know about the online tool Walk Score®? When it first debuted it became extremely popular and was responsible, in part, for the success of the term ‘walkability’. Well, Walk Score® is still around, but this time with a slight twist:
So now, instead of just entering an address into Walk Score®, you can take a look at any currently listed rental property on Rent.com.au, drill down and see its walkability ranking and estimated commute times.
Whether you’re renting, own an investment property, or looking to buy your first home, here is what our partnership with Walk Score® will bring you:
- New ventures, like today’s partnership with Walk Score®, are part of a widespread effort to streamline the rental experience for the 7 million Australians (or around 30% of the population) now renting.
- Rent.com.au users can see the Walk Score for individual rental properties listed on Rent.com.au, before submitting an enquiry or signing a rental lease.
- For private landlords or agents, this partnership means they can see their property’s Walk Score once the listing has loaded to Rent.com.au. Rent.com.au users who are informed about their area are more likely to happily remain in their location for the longer term.
- A property with a high Walk Score offers benefits to our health, the environment, our finances and communities.
What’s it all about?
The Walk Score® Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address, from zero being “car-dependent” to 100 being “a walkers’ paradise” where daily errands would not require a car. The score measures the distance from specific addresses to neighbourhood amenities, such as restaurants, schools, libraries and coffee shops.
So Walk Score® calculates the walkability of an address, measuring how easy it is to live a sans-car lifestyle (not how pretty the area is for walking). If we aggregate the Walk Score of all properties listed on Rent.com.au by state/territory, the average Walk Score is 50.97. Was it what you expected? But keep in mind that some suburbs are more walkable than others:
Blacktown, NSW (Walk Score: 59.83)
Blacktown, according to Walk Score®, is the 283rd most walkable neighbourhood in Sydney with some 43,382 residents. The sprawling, multicultural hub sits surrounded by nearby Marayong, Woodcroft, Kings Park, Lalor Park, Prospect, Doonside and Seven Hills. With a Walk Score of 59.83, Blacktown is deemed ‘Somewhat Walkable,’ which suggests that some errands can be accomplished on foot. The city has a comparable Walk Score to Sefton, Castle Hill, Richmond and Bardwell Valley.
Walk Score® estimates there are around 199 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Blacktown, with most residents walking to an average of 2 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in five minutes. Blacktown is only a 35-minute drive to Sydney CBD, but is serviced by a main shopping centre (Westpoint) and plenty of other shopping strips adjacent to the shopping centre and train station.
- Rental properties in Blacktown
- Pool properties in Blacktown
- Rentals under $400 a week in Blacktown
- Pet-friendly rentals in Blacktown
- Rentals with more than 3 bedrooms in Blacktown
- Luxury rentals in Blacktown (above $1,000 per week)
Gold Coast, QLD (Walk Score: 48)
Renowned for serving up a cocktail of sun, sand, surf and activity, Gold Coast is the 8th most walkable large city in Australia with roughly 478,107 residents. If you want to start pounding the pavement, the most walkable Gold Coast neighbourhoods are Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. However, with a walk score of 48, Gold Coast is deemed a car-dependent city, meaning most errands will likely require a car. Suburbs with similar Walk Scores include the likes of Mermaid Beach and Miami.
Walk Score® estimates there are around 2,348 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Gold Coast, with the average person walking to an average of 1 restaurant, bar or coffee shop in five minutes.
- Rental properties in Gold Coast
- Pool properties in Gold Coast
- Rentals under $400 a week in Gold Coast
- Pet-friendly rentals in Gold Coast
- Rentals with more than 3 bedrooms in Gold Coast
- Luxury rentals in Gold Coast (above $1,000 per week)
Parramatta, NSW (Walk Score: 83.11)
Over to the thriving business district of Parramatta, things start to change up a little. This place is the 76th most walkable neighbourhood in Sydney, with around 19,732 people calling it home. Nearby neighbourhoods to Parramatta are: Harris Park, North Parramatta, Mays Hill, Holroyd, Granville, Westmead and Oatlands.
It’s good news for exercise enthusiasts here because Parramatta is deemed ‘Very Walkable’ with a Walk Score of 81.11. This means you can accomplish most errands on foot. Packed with apartment buildings stretching high into the sky, Parramatta has major businesses, shopping, arts, alfresco dining, and markets at its fingertips.
- Rental properties in Parramatta
- Pool properties in Parramatta
- Rentals under $400 a week in Parramatta
- Pet-friendly rentals in Parramatta
- Rentals with more than 3 bedrooms in Parramatta
- Luxury rentals in Parramatta (above $1,000 per week).
Liverpool, NSW (Walk Score: 82.59)
As a large hub of amenities and business, Liverpool is the 102nd most walkable neighbourhood in Sydney, home to around 24,065 residents. Nearby neighbourhoods include Ashcroft, Lurnea, Mount Pritchard, Warwick Farm, Sadleir, Cartwright and Moorebank. Much like Parramatta, Liverpool is also classed as ‘Very Walkable,’ with most errands able to be accomplished on foot.
Suburbs with similar Walk Scores include the likes of Mosman, Summer Hill, Sutherland and Lilyfield. Walk Score® estimates there are around 184 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Liverpool. People in Liverpool can walk to an average of five restaurants, bars and coffee shops in five minutes.
- Rental properties in Liverpool
- Pool properties in Liverpool
- Rentals under $400 a week in Liverpool
- Pet-friendly rentals in Liverpool
- Rentals with more than 3 bedrooms in Liverpool
- Luxury rentals in Liverpool (above $1,000 per week)
Southport, QLD (Walk Score: 69)
Queensland’s Southport is the 6th most walkable neighbourhood in Gold Coast, with some 28,260 residents. Like Blacktown, NSW, Southport, QLD is classed as ‘Somewhat Walkable’ with a Walk Score of 69, so some errands can be accomplished on foot.
With proximity to schools, the university campus and the Gold Coast CBD, Southport regularly lures a broad crowd to its leafy suburban vibes. Search for rentals in Brisbane’s most walkable neighbourhoods: Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.
Suburbs with similar Walk Scores to Southport, QLD include: Mermaid Beach, Miami, Main Beach and Burleigh Heads. Walk Score® estimates there are around 290 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Southport. People in Southport can walk to an average of four restaurants, bars and coffee shops in five minutes.
- Rental properties in Southport
- Pool properties in Southport
- Rentals under $400 a week in Southport
- Pet-friendly rentals in Southport
- Rentals with more than 3 bedrooms in Southport
- Luxury rentals in Southport (above $1,000 per week)
As Australia’s population grows and cities become congested, the importance of easy access for errands without total dependency on a car will become a deciding factor for many people.
In fact, we are seeing more properties with limited or even no parking being advertised, so their Walk Score becomes a valuable guide.
Rent.com.au has made it simple for Rent.com.au users to factor walkability into their rental search. Rent.com.au users can click on a property listing, look beneath the property description and add their commute destination (i.e. work) Walk Score® will then display the approximate time required to walk, drive or bike to the destination.
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