“Can I get there on foot?” At this Canandaigua Lake vacation rental cottage, the answers is definitely “yes.”
A company in Seattle created the WalksScore website. Real estate giant Redfin noted that walkability increases the value of real estate, and partnered with the folks at WalkScore.
The WalkScore index assigns a numerical walkability score to any address in America.
With a big-city bias towards urban living, New York City tops their list, with a WalkScore of 89 (very walkable). According to the index, most errands can be accomplished on foot.
Small city walkability
In the City of Canandaigua, a neighborhood just one block from downtown earns our highest WalkScore of 80 – again very walkable.
Our principal residence on North Main Street, located a half-mile from downtown Canandaigua, gets a WalkScore of 54 (somewhat walkable). Under the index, some errands can be accomplished by foot.
When our vacation rental cottage is occupied by guests – I love walking to work from or Main Street house.
Walkability defines urban living, but what about lake living?
Can you reconcile away from it all with walkability?
By way of background, I grew up in Woodville, a tiny hamlet on the scenic – but distant – south end of Canandaigua Lake. With a 30-minute drive to get there from Canandaigua, it certainly qualifies as away from it all.
All the cottages in Woodville are built on the lake side of Route 21. On the other side, a steep shale cliff comes right up to the road.
Cars always park on the lake side of this busy road. So if you want to stretch your legs, you’re forced to walk on the pavement. With traffic (including 18-wheel trucks) that often exceed the 30 mph speed limit, pedestrians feel very unsafe.
Most Places Aren’t Walkable
Though beautiful, Woodville has a WalkScore of 8 – Car Dependent, where Almost all errands require a car. Likely, the only reason it scores that high is because it has a seasonal bar/restaurant on the south end of the lake. I worked there as a teenager.
Years after I left Woodville, we began searching for a cottage of our own. We discovered a cottage for sale on the northeast shore of Canandaigua Lake . It’s just 400 steps away from the city line.
Even in the winter that it was listed for sale, it was easy to reach. We stopped by to see it every time we grocery shopped at Wegmans. We talked about operating it as a vacation rental cottage finally decided to buy it.
Walkable Northeast Shore
With the lake right in front, a private golf course in back, on a 10-mph cul-de-sac, it still checks the box for away from it all. Best of all, it’s walkable.
Our cottage location earns a WalkScore of 33, or “car dependent,” where “Most errands require a car.”
“33” sounds low, and it should be higher, because the WalkScore folks way off in Seattle failed to include in their calculation the 7 lakefront parks within a mile of the cottage.
I e-mailed to WalkScore to fix that glitch in their index.
Where can you walk to?
Our WalkScore of 33 is highest of any Canandaigua Lake vacation rental cottage.
And unlike anyplace else on Canandaigua Lake, you don’t need a car at our cottage. One of the things we enjoy here is that we drive less and relax more.
Competing properties on West Lake Road earn a WalkScore of no higher than 3 – Almost all errands require a car.
While there’s no bad place to stay on the lake, walkability shows the difference between the east or west side:
Map the difference
WalkScore lets you calculate distances and maps for time and travel modes.
From the west side, here’s what your 30-minute walk accomplishes:
From the west side, if you walk 30 minutes, you barely reach NY Kitchen. Worse, your walk there offers no shade trees or lake air to cool you.
Here’s where you can walk in 30 minutes from our cottage:
Here’s what’s in walking distance of our location:
Walkable Canandaigua lakefront
Canandaigua Lake is 16 miles long, with 7 parks concentrated on the north end, within the City of Canandaigua.
You’ll love exploring Canandaigua by foot.
And at this cottage, it’s all nearby!