DC homebuyers willing to trade square footage for ‘walkable’ location

Dupont Circle in Northwest D.C. is ranked one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the District. Real estate firm RedFin says increasingly homebuyers are willing to sacrifice square footage to buy into a neighborhood with walkable access to nearby restaurants, grocery stories and amenities. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
WASHINGTON — D.C. remains one of the most walkable cities, and buyers are willing to sacrifice for that walk to restaurants, grocery stores and work.

Real estate firm Redfin ranks D.C. No. 7 on its 2017 list of most walkable cities, based on distance from amenities, density of population, block length and pedestrian friendliness.

While that’s the same ranking as on last year’s list, all of the top 10 cities, D.C. included, saw an increase in their respective Walk Score rankings. Redfin says that indicates the most walkable cities are becoming even more so.

The D.C. neighborhoods with the highest Walk Score rankings all score nearly 100 percent. They are Dupont Circle, U Street and Penn Quarter/Chinatown.

“Today’s homebuyers desire walkability, and many are willing to sacrifice square footage to buy into a neighborhood that offers nearby restaurants, grocery stores and amenities,” Redfin said. ”

The District government has prioritized walkable and mixed-use development, helping the city maintain its rank in the top 10.

Redfin’s 2017 10 Most Walkable Cities:

  1. New York
  2. San Francisco
  3. Boston
  4. Miami
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Chicago
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Seattle
  9. Oakland
  10. Long Beach

Of the 50 most walkable cities this year, only one — Omaha, Nebraska — saw its Walk Score decline, Redfin said.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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