Home buyers and renters today are more interested in the walkability of their future residence than in recent times. Check out www.walkscore.com, which scores how walkable a property is by giving points for being near restaurants, cafes, parks, shopping, schools, etc. The site also gives a public transportation score, provides printable maps, and shows comparisons to other neighborhoods.
For example, Walkscore.com gives Piedmont, the neighborhood I live in, the following description:
Piedmont, Portland Neighborhood Information
Piedmont is the #43 most walkable neighborhood in Portland. This neighborhood is Somewhat Walkable with an average Walk Score of 68. Piedmont has 7,018 people—or 1% of Portland’s population.
Piedmont is similar in walkability to Reed and Arbor Lodge. Piedmont’s Walk Score is 2 points higher than Portland’s Walk Score of 66.
Pretty cool stuff! Enjoy!