Five Benefits of Living Within Walking Distance to Your Favorite Spots

At Brickhaus, we’re wild about walkability.

Sure, we understand that when building, developing, and designing residential properties, there are entire lists of priorities we need to keep in mind, but we’d be lying if we said walkability isn’t a major focus for our projects.

We’re always aiming to redefine the areas we build by crafting and fostering modern communities—a big part of that is creating safe spaces that help people embrace connectivity.

In other words, we work tirelessly to integrate walkability in our projects because we think it’s absolutely key to a modern and happy living experience.

We’re not just into walkability because we believe that it’s trendy and hip—we genuinely believe that it’s a better way to live life for so many reasons. It boosts your mood, it keeps your health in check, it fosters relationships with your community, and it allows you the chance to get to know your neighborhood in a way that you never could if you were just zooming by in a car.

But that’s not all—walkability goes hand-in-hand with so many wonderful benefits. We ultimately believe in walkability because we believe its better for you, for the community, and for the planet.

We could probably go on and on about all the positives of living in a community that values and fosters walkability, but for the sake of your sanity, we’ll just narrow it down to a few of our absolute favorite benefits of living within a walkable distance to your favorite spots.

You’re Doing Good for Mother Earth

If you know anything about us, you probably already know we are driven by sustainability. If you’re not familiar with our values, that’s okay—we’ll break it down for you quickly.

Ultimately, we believe that you can’t wholly develop a modern, timeless, and beautiful design unless you’re being mindful of social and environmental responsibility. How can we possibly create a community that meets the needs of today if we’re compromising our future? We always aim to provide communities that unite creativity with endurance.

Obviously, walking is a big part of that.

National Geographic reports that vehicles are producing about 1/3 of the pollution in the United States. Consider all of the driving that you do. That your neighbors do. That your loved ones do. That’s a lot of driving, which means that’s a lot of fuel and a lot of pollution. Overall, cars consume a ton of energy, burn off tons of fossil fuels, and leave us with infinite amounts of plastics, battery acids, oil, and more.

If you could cut down on that pollution and that waste (even just a little bit) by being able to walk safely and comfortably to your favorite parts of town because your home is in a convenient location, that would help immensely.

We could go on and on about this forever, but the long and the short of it is, the less gas you burn off (and the less you use your car in general) the happier mother nature will be. We’re definitely big fans of that benefit.

It’s Like a Mini Gym Session

No matter what you’re doing, if you’re walking, you’re burning calories. Whether you’re running errands, heading to meet your friends for drinks, or walking to the movies—brisk walking is an amazing form of exercise. It has cardiovascular benefits, strengthens your muscles, helps maintain your balance, and promotes good mental health (which we’ll dive into more later).

It’s no secret that making a daily walk part of your routine is a positive way to ensure you’re staying in shape, but it’s also no secret that not everyone has time to set aside for a walk—that’s why walking to and from your favorite places is a seamless, effortless way to boost your health!

Think about it.

You’re already going to work. You’re already going to that restaurant. You’re already going grocery shopping. Imagine if you could walk there — you’d be burning calories and accomplishing your daily tasks all at the same time. Sounds like a dream to us.

The Calmest Part of Your Day

We probably don’t have to tell you this, but stress and anxiety are real, and they manifest themselves in a ton of different ways.

One of those ways? Road rage. If you’re a person who’s consistently dealing with the sky-rocketing blood pressure that’s associated with clogged traffic, bad drivers, and unavoidable delays, we’ve got news for you—it doesn’t have to be this way.

Walking is a calming, relaxing, and less stressful way to move about your daily life. While it might not be entirely possible to walk everywhere in your neighborhood, if you choose to live in a walkable community, it’s more than likely you can cut back significantly on driving.

Translation?

You won’t have to deal with huge rushes of anxiety, anger, or stress.

But walking is calming for more reasons than just the whole don’t-have-to-deal-with-bad-drivers thing. It’s also consistently referenced as a low-impact, healthy therapy technique to assist with dealing with anxiety. Often, going for a long walk in your community can help you calm down and de-stress.

Walking, like other forms of exercise, help your brain release endorphins that boost your mood, calm you down, and promote overall feelings of wellbeing. If you’re someone who relies on outdoor space and walking as a way to relieve your anxiety, living in a walkable area can truly help you dramatically reduce your stress.

Pocket Those Gas Savings

It’s a pretty simple formula, but it never fails to help us support the walkability cause. Think about it. Driving a car requires getting gas. Gas requires money. The more gas you put into your car to get you from Point A to Point B, the more money you’re spending.

Do you know how much walking costs you?

Nothing.

We absolutely love saying that.

Not only is walking great for you, great for your community, and great for your environment, it’s also entirely free to do. Imagine how much money you could pocket if you switched out driving for walking? Living in an area that allows you to walk to your favorite places conveniently and safely can, ultimately, save you money in the long-run.

Get to Know Your Neighborhood the Right Way

In every neighborhood and community, there are millions of tiny nuances and details, so delicate and so minute that if you don’t look clearly, you could miss them altogether. Imagine how many of these things you’d miss out on entirely if you were zooming by them in a car every day.

If you never walk your neighborhood, you might never meet the friendly flower vendor on the corner. You might miss a new, hole-in-the-wall coffee shop that just opened up. You might never get a chance to find a beautiful spot for yourself inside your own community.

Walking forces us to slow down, to take notice, to really embed ourselves into our surroundings. We love how living in an area that’s walkable allows people the time to craft meaningful moments, foster community relationships, and develop a sense of intentionality in their everyday lives.

At Brickhaus, we care about things like modern design, comfort, and aesthetics, but what truly matters to us are things like sustainability, environmental responsibility, intentionality, and beautiful living experiences. We truly believe that building walkable communities is an enormous piece to that puzzle.

Check out a few of our developments here to get a glimpse into how we craft each of our communities with a special focus on walkability and sustainability.

Interested in learning more about us, our projects, and our core values? We thought you might be. Check in on our regularly-updated blog for help answering questions, seeking insight, and staying up-to-date on the latest trends within the design and developmental spheres. Want to chat with us directly? Give us a call at 216-721-0027 or check out our contact page to send us an inquiry!

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Hanna Marcus

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