Where do you want to live now that you have the time to do something besides work all the time? For some, the new community with all the bells and whistles and the big clubhouse is the perfect solution. No need to get in the car to head to the gym.
For those who like the idea of living in town, it’s about being able to walk to pick up a paper, go to the coffee shop and maybe do a little shopping. Had a call recently from George who is moving here from Indianapolis with his wife next year and that was something he said is important to him.
Have you heard of a walkability score? Visit walkscore.com and enter your address or the address of the home you’re thinking of buying. When I entered my address, the score indicated 40 out of 100 and said it is a car-dependent location. I would have given a higher score because I can ride my bike almost everywhere three seasons of the year! I live just down the street from my favorite wine store Teller Wines, close to Quakertown Wellness where I go for Yoga classes, a short walk to the Village of Five Points with Food Lion, restaurants like Fish On! and Arenas and so much more.
I checked the walkscore for George’s current home; it was a 38. Then I looked up a community with retail shops, a bakery, restaurant, Salon here in the Lewes area, but the walkscore site did not know about the businesses located within the community so the score did not appear accurate to me.
Walkability is becoming more important in areas where Boomers are planning to live. At a holiday party last night in Lewes, I met a woman who is the founder of a new project called The Village. It’s main goal is to transform our region into a network of walkable communities interlinked by quality transit services. I look forward to reporting on their initiatives and becoming involved.
We’d love to hear about projects in your town.