Spring is here and warm weather brings out the best in city living – from farmer’s markets to sidewalk cafes and urban beaches. But walking doesn’t have to be seasonal. As a senior, graduating from the University of Washington, wherever I land next, I’m hoping to live in a Walker’s Paradise. To help inspire your search, here are some great apartment buildings with a Walk Score of 90+.
Buildings like AVA 55 Ninth in San Francisco (Walk Score: 95) can help you ditch the car and lace up your walking shoes. Located in the South of the Market neighborhood, AVA 55 Ninth is surrounded by SF’s tech startup scene, SOMA’s Farmer’s Market and the annual Noise Pop Musical Festival. Building manager, Christina Park adds: “We’re also near Bay Area Bike Share kiosks so even if you don’t want to walk, you don’t have to drive!”
Tower 737 (Walk Score: 98) is another San Francisco option if you’re not one for driving. Their apartments in Lower Nob Hill are within walking distance of the Financial District and SF’s Union Square. If you want to walk to a movie, no problem; If you want to take the cable car back, it’s all good.
Chicago’s skyline has some unbeatable buildings if you’re up for a stroll on the Magnificent Mile. The Aqua at Lakeshore East Apartments (Walk Score: 94) has easy access to Chicago’s Pedway system, so if there’s a cold breeze in the windy city, you can walk in the warm(er) underground tunnels. Feeling royal? The Regal Apartments (Walk Score: 94) in the South Loop, can also help you keep the car at home. Formerly a publishing business district, The Regal’s neighborhood maintains a unique look with early 1900s architecture.
How about Boston? We’re excited about The Kensington’s Walk Score of 98 and their two-block walk to the Boston Opera House. Hotels closeby mean that your family can skip renting a car while on vacation and stay close to you (even if you’d rather they didn’t).
Feeling sleepless? Maybe Seattle is more your speed. We’re all about the Emerald City for a few reasons: 1. We live here, 2. We love coffee, and 3. Our office has a Walk Score of 98. But we’re not the only spot in Seattle with a stellar Walk Score. The brand new Sunset Electric Apartments, located in the heart of the rapidly developing Capitol Hill neighborhood (and just around the corner from our office) has a Walk Score of 98, Transit Score of 81 and Bike Score of 89.
Taylor 28 Apartment Homes in South Lake Union make it easy to grab dinner on top of the Space Needle or visit Seattle’s Experience Music Project. The combination of the Taylor 28’s Walk Score of 98 and Bike Score of 87 means there’s no need to sit in traffic on a sunny Seattle day. We have more of those than you’d think…
So get out and explore your city, and let us help you find your Walker’s Paradise, there are thousands to choose from!