A website worth checking out is a walkscore.org, which rates locations by how many services and amenities are within walking distance (< 1 mi).  The site also allows you to create some pretty cool interactive maps showing how many places are within a specified travel time (whether by foot, bike, car, or transit).


My wife and I found this site fairly useful when we were in the market for our first home a few years back.  It can also be handy for our project work – ratings and maps like the ones shown below for our Richmond Office can give you a rough idea of how likely you are to earn LEED Credit SSc2 Development Density & Community Connectivity.