When it comes to determining if a suburb is highly liveable and a healthy, happy environment, walk scores are one key measure.
Many suburbs in Sydney’s inner city and inner west rank very highly on this metric.
What is a walk score?
As the name suggests, a walk score is a measure of how good a suburb is for walking. You can find walk scores for neighbourhoods around Australia and the world here.
Factors that are taken into account include the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility and safety, among other things.
Walkability is increasingly becoming a key consideration of sustainable urban design, which can play an important role in adapting cities to better cope with climate change, because a more walkable city reduces carbon emissions.
Why does it matter?
The many benefits of a highly walkable suburb are not only environmental but also social and economic. It means there are plenty of things to do and see that are easily accessible on foot and typically more green spaces in which to exercise and unwind.
According to the Heart Foundation of Australia, Australians can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, Australia’s biggest killer, by walking 30 minutes or more most days each week, and people who live in ‘walkable communities’ are two times as likely to get enough physical activity. The Heart Foundation’s checklist for a walkable area includes factors within the built environment that make it convenient, comfortable, and safe to walk.
A high walkability score also usually indicates that a suburb is rich in restaurants, shops, sporting facilities, and other features that make life more pleasurable and can therefore improve physical and mental health.
Unsurprisingly, the suburbs that tend to be the most popular with buyers and renters in Sydney’s inner city and inner west are those that are highly walkable.
Walk score: 97
Lively, cultural and buzzing Chippendale scores an almost perfect walk score at 97, meaning it ranks as Sydney’s 6th most walkable neighbourhood. Located between the University of Sydney and Victoria Park to the west and Central Station to the east, the area is also within walking distance of the CBD.
Walk score: 95
Anyone who has spent any time in Newtown will be unsurprised to learn it ranks among the top ten most liveable suburbs in Sydney. From its incredible street art to King Street’s bustling ‘eat and shop ‘til you drop strip’, you could spend your life happily never leaving this suburb – and we suspect many locals basically do.
Walk score: 92
Sydney’s 23rd most walkable suburb, Erskineville is well known and loved by locals for its village feel. You could run all of your daily errands and enjoy a great social life and nightlife here without ever owning a car.
Walk score: 92
Redfern has a fantastic blend of shops, cafes, nightlife, community spaces and public transport, and Redfern Park and Oval is the area’s heart and spiritual home of the Rabbitohs. The buzzing, newly opened South Eveleigh food precinct is adding even more excitement into the mix. Besides a strip of new restaurants – including Kylie Kwong’s new daytime canteen, Lucky Kwong, it includes a huge new Romeo’s Food Hall IGA, where locals can find all the goodies their heart's desire, including a specialty cheese room, bottle shop, bakery, gourmet deli and fresh seafood.
Walk score: 90
With its many cafes, restaurants, green spaces and great public transport, Alexandria is ranked the 29th most walkable neighbourhood in Sydney. More exciting developments are on the cards for Alexandria in 2021, and Alexandria recorded the largest median house price increase in 2020 despite the pandemic.
Walk score: 90
Green Square has undergone a major facelift in recent times, from a new library and nightlife to more parks and a new recreational centre. It also has excellent public transit connections.
Walk score: 88
Once a very industrial area, Waterloo is also undergoing many exciting changes, while also benefiting from the nearby amenities of Redfern, Alexandria and Green Square.
Want to learn more about Sydney’s highly liveable and walkable Inner City and Inner West? Contact our team today.