By and large, Springfield is a car city. In a lot of places in the city, you almost have to have a car or access to public transit to get around, but no two neighborhoods are the same in Springfield. There are lots of good options for people who are look for good walkability. In the real estate world the term walkability simply refers toÂ theÂ measure of how friendly an area is toÂ walking.Â The presence or absenceÂ of quality sidewalks, average traffic conditions,Â amenity accessibility, and safety all factor into a walkability score for an area. Let’s take a look atÂ 8 of the best neighborhoods for walking!
It’s probably not a big surprise that if you live in Downtown Springfield, you’re in a highly walkable area. According to Walk Score, Downtown Springfield is the most walkable area in town and it’s not really even close. It’s 25 points higher than the nearest neighborhood on walkscore.com. You’ve got pretty much everything you need within a 5 minute walk.
Walk score: 59
Rountree is not only one of the most walkable ‘hoods in Springfield, it’s also just a beautiful place to take a stroll, a factor that isn’t included in Walk score’s ratings. The tree lined streets of Rountree are gorgeous, especially during autumn. It’s also just a stone’s throw from Downtown, Missouri State and several convenience and grocery stores. Additionally, the neighborhood now has a handful of fantastic restaurants like Cherry Picker, Tea Bar and Bites and Imo’s Pizza. Plus, the homes for sale in Rountree are breathtakingly cool. There are so many stunning historic homes that have stood the test of time in terms of architectural beauty.
Tied for number one in terms of traditional neighborhoods, West Central has it all. Much like Rountree, it’s also just a few minutes away from the center of town. it has plenty of public parks to play in, easy access to restaurants and entertainment and some amazingly cool historical homes. The ‘hood is lined with classic Victorians, character-filled bungalows and lofts that are right in the thick of the scene. West Central is also the official home of the birthplace of Route 66, which is a feather in its cap for history buffs and car enthusiasts.
Midtown is on the rise folks! It’s always been a great area, but with the revitalization of the Commercial Street area, it’s becoming one of the culture centers of the city. Midtown stretches from the campus of Drury University all the way north to C Street. Cox Hospital is on the west end of the neighborhood and there are two parks on hand for some fun with the kids. Plus, Downtown is pretty close by as is Evangel University.
Just northwest of Midtown is Woodland Heights. It’s full of awesome historic homes, including a turn of the century Victorian that belonged to a descendant of Abraham Lincoln! It’s located conveniently near Downtown and many shopping centers, grocery stores and more!
Grant Beach is a community just northwest of Downtown. At its center is Grant Beach Park, which has a great pool with a giant slide for the kiddos and plenty of room to get out an enjoy the outdoors. On its north end, Grant Beach runs into C Street, offering plenty of eateries and shops. On its southern end is Chestnut Expressway.
From Brookside to Sunshine between Kimbrough and National is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Springfield. University Heights is peppered with absolutely gorgeous homes from the 1950s and 1960s. Springfield favorite Mexican Villa is an easy walk away, as is the Springfield Art Museum. Just across Sunshine is Mercy Hospital, making it easy to get to the doc for a check up! Just north of U Heights is Phelps Grove Park, one of the most popular in town.
Phelps Grove is older community that has been maintained extremely well over the years and has been one of the hottest neighborhoods in town for a long time as a result. It’s an urban conservation district, meaning that it has regulations in place to limit the types of developments and businesses that can come into the neighborhood. Phelps Grove intends to maintain its natural beauty for many years to come. It was also recognized by Southern Living magazine as one of its ten best “Southern Comeback” neighborhoods in 2010.
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