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Orange County Walkable Neighborhoods | Understanding Walkability Scores

Orange County Walkable Neighborhoods | Understanding Walkability Scores

orange county walkable neighborhoodsOrange County walkable neighborhoods have walkability scores. Here are some keys to understanding walkability scores.

What is a walkability score?

All Orange County walkable neighborhoods will have what is called a walkability score. These scores can range from 0-100 and they indicate how accessible local amenities are for residents who want to accomplish most errands on foot. In Orange County Real Estate For example, The city of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA currently has a walk score of 46 due to the fact that the city is spread out. Some neighborhoods are in close proximity of Art and Community facilities, Shopping, entertainment, health facilities and the like and others are car dependent areas where driving is more likely required. The Rancho Santa Margarita walkability score is not high even though there are areas within the city which are very walkable from certain neighborhoods.

Keep in mind that, of course, even within lower walk score cities you can still live in a neighborhood that is very walkable. Your location within the city will determine how walkable your lifestyle will be. But an overall score can help guide you to cities that are deemed more walkable if desired. The Rancho Santa Margarita walkability score is not high even though there are areas within the city which are very walkable from certain neighborhoods.

Below are walkability scores for Orange County walkable neighborhoods:

City Walkscore Classification
Rancho Santa Margarita 46 Car Dependent
Mission Viejo 54 Somewhat Walkable
Lake Forest 54 Somewhat Walkable
Irvine 54 Somewhat Walkable
Laguna Niguel 50 Somewhat Walkable
Aliso Viejo 55 Somewhat Walkable
Laguna Hills 55 Somewhat Walkable
Foothill Ranch 75 Very Walkable
Dana Point 61 Somewhat Walkable
San Clemente 47 Car Dependent
San Juan Capistrano 46 Car Dependent
Capistrano Beach 66 Somewhat Walkable
Laguna Woods 63 Somewhat Walkable
Laguna Beach 49 Car Dependent
Newport Coast 15 Car Dependent
Trabuco Canyon/ Coto De Caza 29 Car Dependent
Ladera Ranch 40 Car Dependent
Tustin 59 Somewhat Walkable
Costa Mesa 71 Very Walkable
Orange 59 Somewhat Walkable
Villa Park 46 Car Dependent

 

orange county walkable neighborhoods
Walkability Score Chart

 

 

Why is it important?- Some buyers want to move from one high Orange County walkable neighborhood city to another so that they can maintain the lifestyle they want. Whether they like the proximity to save time and gas or whether they like to stay fit and walk to local establishments, they are looking for the proximity and convenience that high walk score cities have to offer.

Buyer benefits include:

  • Overall higher probability  and potential to lose weight and stay fit.
  • Save Money with lower transportation costs.
  • Higher level (on average) of community involvement.

Seller benefits include:

  • Studies show that homes with above average walk scores are worth $4,000 to $34,000 more than similar but less walkable homes.
  • An additional feature to attract potential buyers you may not have otherwise considered.

So when it comes time to sell your home in Orange County, know about Orange County walkable neighborhoods and you can better market your home to prospective buyers.It may just make the difference!

 

 

Understanding Walkability Scores in Orange County, CA
Understanding Walkability Scores in Orange County, CA

You can find the walk score for your city at www.walkscore.com

Cash home sales in California set record | A reason to buy CA HUD Homes in Orange County

Cash home sales in California set record | A reason to buy CA HUD Homes in Orange County

Cash home sales in California set a record high! Another great reason to buy HUD Homes for Sale in Orange County.

In the article below Housingwire explains that cash home sales in California hit a record high due to investor activity. HUD Homes are marketed to owner occupied buyers. All insurable ( qualify for FHA financing) HUD homes are sold only to Owner Occupant buyers for the first 30 days they are listed. This gives owner occupant buyers a great chance to buy HUD home without investor competition. This will ultimately lead to more favorable pricing on HUD home purchases rather than regular market or REO/ bank owned purchases.

Owner occupant buyers can greatly benefit by looking at HUD owned homes in Orange County, CA. Jesse Madison is a Local Listing Broker for PEMCO, LTD. An Asset manager for HUD in Orange County, CA

 

From Housingwire.com

California home sales reach record high

2/6/13 4:18pm
HUD Homes for Sale in Orange County

The number of homes in California purchased with cash hit a record high last year, undoubtedly a result of high investor interest, a difficult mortgage environment and perceived higher returns on investment, according to real estate data firm DataQuick.

The total number of properties paid for with cash reached 145,797 in 2012, up from the previous record high of 125,812 in 2011.

The significance of these numbers is evident when looking back at 2007, when there were only 39,731 cash sales, according to San Diego-based DataQuick.

“It’s clear that a lot of today’s housing market recovery is being fueled by people putting their own money into homes. Some cash buying is part of a normal housing market, but we’re at twice that normal rate,” said John Walsh, DataQuick president.

Walsh says there are a number of different demographics that are buying with cash. There are the standard wealthy homebuyers, buyers from abroad, retirees and empty nesters.

Of California’s overall home sales last year, a record 32.4% were cash purchases. This more than doubles the annual average of 15.6% from 1991 to 2012.

“Today, a lot of buyers are chasing what they view as the deal of a lifetime,” said Walsh.

To see a breakdown of cash purchases throughout California, click here.

Reduced! $649,900 Capo Beach over 3,000 Sq Ft Home 3 bed +Den!

Reduced! $649,900 Capo Beach over 3,000 Sq Ft Home 3 bed +Den!

34462 Calle Portola

DANA POINT, CA

Huge Bedrooms and Spacious floorplan!

Enjoy this terrific spacious home in highly desirable Capo Beach. Located steps from the park and very short distance to the beach, this home boasts 3 huge bedrooms upstairs with a large den downstairs complete with fireplace and built ins. New carpet and new paint throughout the home. Large Spacious bathrooms as well. Enjoy a spacious master suite with Jacuzzi tub and Steam Shower. His and Hers sinks with tons of counter space and high ceilings. The master bedroom also has a Fireplace and an abundance of space tou suit your needs. Separate family room and living room, Formal dining room, French doors that open to the backyard landscaped with grass. Side walkway adorned with a beautiful Slate Rock wall that stretches the whole length of the lot. Front patio features a spacious deck area and Double Door entry. Excellent turnkey spacious home in desirable Capo Beach!

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3BR/2+1BA Single Family House offered at $679,900
Year Built 1991
Sq Footage 3,253
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors Unspecified
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 4,356 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
Just Listed! $175,000 3 Bedroom Condo in Mission Viejo, CA HUD Owned!

Just Listed! $175,000 3 Bedroom Condo in Mission Viejo, CA HUD Owned!

23025 Via Pimiento A2

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

HUD Owned 3 Bedroom Condo

Terrific opportunity for this Aliso Villas Condo located right in front of a greenbelt with a short walk to the association pool. Property features ceramic tile flooring on living room, dining room and kitchen. Stainless appliances in kitchen area, Crown Moulding, Newer Vinyl windows and vinyl sliding door, upgraded bathrooms, ceiling fans and more! Close to shopping centers, churches, Business parks and schools. This unit does require some additional repairs to obtain FHA financing with repair escrow. HUD Owned!

3BR/1+1BA Condo offered at $175,000
Year Built 1972
Sq Footage 1,156
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 1 Car garage
Lot Size Unspecified
HOA/Maint $379 per month
Just Reduced over 30k! Listed at $274,900. 2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in San Juan!

Just Reduced over 30k! Listed at $274,900. 2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in San Juan!

Reduced over $30,000!

Just Listed! HUD Owned!

27111 Calle Caballero Apt C

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA

Attached SFR with 2 car Garage. 55+ Community

Terrific location and nicely upgraded property in San Juan Hills West. Nestled up next to San Juan Hills Golf Course in this 55+ Senior community. Property features porcelain tile flooring throughout. Cozy fireplace in living room, 2 seperate patios with sliding door access to each. Ceiling fans, light and bright with lots of windows. The bathrooms and Kitchen have been upgraded with Granite Counters. The cabinetry in the kitchen has also been upgraded. The Master Bedroom suite shower has also been modified and enlarged to provide easy entry and an upgraded look. The home has been modified in that the second bedroom wall has partially been removed to allow open access from the Living room. This can easily be modified to convert back to a 2 bedroom if needed. The location is close to the community pool and the detached 2 car garage is spacious and just a few steps away. Main level entry makes access to this home very easy and convenient for seniors.

2BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $305,000
Year Built 1964
Sq Footage 1,303
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors Unspecified
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 1,324 sqft
HOA/Maint $245 per month
Just Listed! Vista Single Level 3 Bed 2 Bath home! $347,900 Bank owned!

Just Listed! Vista Single Level 3 Bed 2 Bath home! $347,900 Bank owned!

1164 Tower Dr

VISTA, CA

Terrific Single Level Ranch Style Home

Terrific Vista Home with New Carpet and New Paint. Upgraded Porcelain tile in entry and hallways. Single level home with large side yard and extensive hardscape with stamped concrete and decorative steps and pillars. Extra parking available and spacious front patio with yard. Ceiling fan in family room. Family rooms opens to kitchen area and dining room. Large glass sliding door opens to back yard. Large Master Suite with private bathroom, 2 additional spacious bedrooms and a 4th bedroom conversion,

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3BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $347,900
Year Built 1976
Sq Footage 1,893
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size 10,000 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
Just Listed! Aliso Viejo 3 Bed 2.5 Bath Townhouse 1400 Sq Ft! $315,000 HUD Owned!

Just Listed! Aliso Viejo 3 Bed 2.5 Bath Townhouse 1400 Sq Ft! $315,000 HUD Owned!

10 Marigold # 29

ALISO VIEJO, CA

Spacious Aliso Viejo Townhouse with Large Yard!

Enjoy all that Aliso Viejo has to offer. Great location on low traffic street. This 3 bed 2.5 Bath Condo has a spacious kitchen with coffered ceiling and granite counters. Vaulted ceilings in Living room with cozy fireplace. All bedrooms upstairs with large master suite featuring dual sinks and walk in closet. Spacious back patio with patio cover. Front Patio area with gated entryway. HOA offers community pool, tennis courts and clubhouse. Walk to parks. HUD- owned! Must See! FHA Approved!

3BR/2+1BA Condo offered at $315,000
Year Built 1991
Sq Footage 1,400
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking 2 Car garage
Lot Size Unspecified
HOA/Maint $334 per month
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