Hands (and feet) down, walking is about the easiest, cheapest way to get fit. There’s no expensive gym membership or special equipment needed. Just get a pair of good shoes and hit the pavement. As little as 20 to 30 minutes of brisk strolling a day can help you whittle your waistline, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones, lift your mood and even prevent or manage medical conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Even if you break it up into two or three shorter sessions, you’ll still reap the rewards of a daily walk. And, if you live in a walkable community, it’s even easier to get out there and just do it.
At Taylor Morrison we take a lot of pride in building where people are close to parks, shopping, schools and services. Many of our urban locations put residents within walking distance. In fact, three of our California communities have earned pedestrian-friendly kudos from Walk
Score by Redfin, an online service that helps people identify walkable communities based on proximity to stores, restaurants, parks and other amenities.
Bay Area Beats
Brighton, our new metropolitan community in historic Livermore, was named as one of the Top 5 Hottest Neighborhoods in America a couple years back, and it just keeps getting better. In addition to seven stylish floorplans and easy access to BART, Brighton offers hiking trails, downtown art walks and plenty of dogs-welcome play areas. Brighton’s Livermore location netted a Walk Score of 95 out of a possible 100, earning it the designation of Walker’s Paradise! Walkscore.com noted that daily errands can be done on foot and you’re close to parks including Lizzie Fountain and Carnegie. Three-story homes at Brighton start in the mid $600s and include many that are ready right now.
3rd and Main, a collection of contemporary, energy-efficient townhome-style condos, puts you right in the heart of beautiful Walnut Creek. That’s one of the East Bay’s most desirable cities, with more open space per capita than any other California community! Walkscore.com calls it Somewhat Walkable because some errands can be accomplished on foot, but they also point out that it’s quite bike-friendly, too, and close to Larkey Park, Walden Park and Shell Ridge Open Space. Sound like your style? Check out our ready-now two-bedroom homes priced from the mid $550s.
Urban living in Southern California doesn’t get much better than Level 1. For starters, you’ll be living right on the boundary between Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The ocean is about a mile from your front door and you’re even closer to the area’s hippest shopping, dining, nightlife, parks and cultural hot spots. Walkscore.com ranks the area at 73, Very Walkable, since most errands can be done on foot. Level 1 two- and three-bedroom, three-story plans with spacious private rooftop decks start in the mid $700s. We’re only building 60 units, so you might want to pick up the pace and jog by soon!