You might have seen the subtle brag at the bottom of Craigslist apartment searchposts — WalkScore 99! WalkScore 100! WalkScore 85! Well, why should you care about whatever a WalkScore is? Because the score rates accessibility by foot to things people want to access by foot like restaurants, theaters and public transit for any address in the US, Canada and New Zealand.
Useful right? Well it made sense to investors, who’ve just angel funded the company to the tune of $2 million — those investors included Shel Kaphan, Rudy Gadre, Edward Yim and Geoff Entress.
Today over 10,000 real estate sites like Zillow and Estately use the rating to bulk up their listings, even though “for the most part, the experience of trying to find a place online continues to be all about price and bedrooms,” WalkScore CEO Josh Herst told GeekWire .
As someone who just snagged an apartment, I can safely say that it is also about cool places close by, accessibility to friends and fun things to do in your downtime. WalkScore, ftw.
Walk Score is a website that provides a numerical ranking or score for any address based on the “walkability” of the surroundings and neighborhood. Walk Score also provides a public transit rating called Transit Score and a commute report with drive, transit, bike, and walk times. Walk Score delivers four million scores per day across the Walk Score network. Walk Score’s products include a Neighborhood Map that is used by over 10,000 real estate website and...