If you are not in your car, it’s relatively easy to get around Silicon Beach. Walk Score, a metric that’s the current darling of the real estate market, is a basic measure of services within a certain radius. Venice 90291 is the 20th most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles with a Walk Score of 75. Santa Monica with +/- 89,736 residents has an average Walk Score of 78 -most errands are walkable. The most walkable Santa Monica ZIP codes are 90401, 90403 and 90404. Santa Monica is also very bikeable with a bike score of 83.
Walkability is a vast subject, involving health, community, the environment, demographics, and economics. “It’s so complicated, and it’s so simple,” says Carson Looney, principal of Looney Ricks Kiss. “Walkability is common sense. It’s about creating a better place, a destination, an experience.”
Playa Vista zip code 90094 is the 56th most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles with 4,933 residents. Playa Vista has some public transportation and is somewhat bikeable. Culver City 90232 has an average Walk Score of 73 with 38,883 residents. Mar Vista 90066 is the 42nd most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles with 38,901 residents and a Walk Score of 65. Marina del Rey – 90292 – more of a driving area.
Studies by Brookings Fellows and economist Joe Cortright and by developer Christopher Leinberger confirm that homes with access to goods and services by foot perform better economically. “The typical working American pays as much for transportation as housing,” says city planner Jeff Speck. When a home is near “where people don’t need to drive, they should be able to charge more.”
In his latest book, “Walkable City,” Speck notes that Millennials are a big force in the demand for walkability, as they’re opting for the city in droves. The biggest population bubble in the last 50 years wants to live in places with excitement and buzz.
The other driving force behind the shift to walkability is Baby Boomers. They are leaving their sprawling homes in the suburbs and opting to live in places where they don’t have to drive as much to get to services and where they can age in place.
There are about 2,049 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Santa Monica. People in Santa Monica can walk to an average of 6 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.
Silicon Beach offers a healthy, walkable lifestyle, and that’s why we like living here.