How a high ‘walk score’ boosts your home’s value

For Tom Hendershot, a Redfin agent in the Bay Area, the homes in the Oakland hills just a decade ago commanded the biggest premiums, given their spectacular views of the bay and of San Francisco.

Not anymore.

Neighborhoods in the East Bay, such as Oakland’s Temescal District or Lakeshore, which were once derided as “the flats” compared with the relatively posh neighborhoods Piedmont or Montclair, are booming with upscale restaurants and shops. As a result, many wealthy buyers, Hendershot says, are skipping those once-popular views to get convenience of a walkable neighborhood like Rockridge or the Elmwood with shops close by and accessible public transportation such as a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station.

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