The Walk Scores are out and our beloved San Francisco has come in at number two. (A no-brainer, if we do say so ourselves.)
But a pleasantly surprising plus: Oakland also made the cut at number ten.
Walk Score uses an algorithm based on walking distances from various addresses to nearby amenities like grocery stores and restaurants, and its rankings can have a significant effect on home prices. According to this year’s data, SF and Oakland are the second and tenth most walkable cities in the nation. (Thanks, Walk Score!)
We took a look at the top-ranked neighborhoods on the list and compiled a few of our favorites. Check out the slideshow below for a tour of the Bay Area, Walk Score style. Think your neighborhood should have made the cut? Let us know why in the comments section.
It's almost too easy to compare Downtown Oakland to Brooklyn. Walk Score is liberal with its "downtown" moniker, including everything from Harrison Street to Uptown to Old City. No matter, we'll walk it all just fine. The neighborhood is rife with BART stations, art galleries, new bars and restaurants, the best music venues in the East Bay, and the coolest people we know.
Since it's only 1.3-square-miles and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia, it's no wonder San Francisco's Chinatown scored a whopping 99 points on the Walk Score. Chinatown is home to about 106,000 people, as well as countless restaurants, lounges, shops, and parks.
This neighborhood features a picturesque lake with gondoliers and a bandstand for dancing lessons, a children's fairyland park, fantastic bird watching, and the headquarters for Kaiser Permanente, Pandora, and Clorox. Not joking. While Lake Merritt is a perfectly quaint neighborhood, it's also the place to get things done. And there's a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's about every 42 feet.
San Francisco's Duboce Triangle is a refreshing little slice of domesticity smack dab in the middle of the Castro/Mission/Haight. One walk down tree-lined Sanchez Street and you'd never know you're just a stumble from the best bars and clubs in the city. Not to mention organic markets, incredible brunches, Cafe Du Nord...
Piedmont Avenue may as well be Pleasanville with its old-fashioned ice creamery, independent movie theatre, and collection of super-cool-yet-trying-very-hard-not-to-be-pretentious restaurants. But even if the neighborhood is a little saccharin, there's nothing like a sweet little Sunday stroll down the Ave.