Every once in awhile, C.A.R. (California Association of Realtors) send out a newsletter called “One Cool Thing” I found the one I received in September interesting as to the value they put on a Walkability Point”. Most of us are now familiar with “Walk Score” but I have never seen a dollar amount associated to a higher score before.
Here are the Walk Scores for a few Napa Valley cities and town:
I have some concerns with the above scores. I feel they are correct for St Helena and Calistoga but Yountville is too low. Granted Yountville doesn’t have a true downtown but everything is centered around V MarketPlace, Bouchons, Philippe Jeanty’s Bistro, the Ranch Market and the two hotels, Villagio and the Vintage Inn. Just a few feet outside of the core area are Ad Hoc, the French Laundry, the Yountville Inn, Redds and more. Just a little further, about 1/2 mile away is the north end with Redd Wood, 2 hotels and the new R & D Kitchens which should open next spring.
The one very strange number is Oakville at 67. This small community had a population of 71 in the 2010 Census and is virtually identical to Rutherford whose 2010 number was 167. Both are pretty much a drive through town and those stopping here do so for the Oakville Grocery or the Rutherford Grille and BV winery. So why such a disparity in their scores?
I hope you find this valuation for a Walk Score point interesting and if I can help you find the perfect Napa Valley property, please email me