Sure, Angelenos like their cars.
But a top criteria renters have when looking for a rental in Los Angeles is:
“Is it walking distance to shops and restaurants?”
Everyone wants to know if the property is in a “walkable” location. As dependent as we are on our cars here in L.A., we do like our neighborhoods, and being able to walk to stuff is key.
Luckily for you, there is a great website to help determine if the apartment you are looking to rent is in a walkable location:
Walkscore rates the walk-ability of the property address you’re considering. Enter your current or future address and this site will rate it on a scale of 0-100 (100 being Walkers’ Paradise). Check it out!
* 90–100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
* 70–89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
* 50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
* 25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
* 0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!
Is your future home in a walkable neighborhood? Find out here.
For more information on finding the right neighborhood to live in, check out our guide to Finding the Right Neighborhood.