Assessing Benefits of Neighborhood Walkability to Single-Family Property Values: A Spatial Hedonic Study in Austin, Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • This article investigates the impact of neighborhood walkability, measured by Street Smart Walk Score and sidewalk density, on property values by analyzing the 20102012 single-family home sale transactions in Austin, Texas. The Cliff-Ord spatial hedonic model (also known as the General Spatial Model, or SAC) is used to control for spatial autocorrelation effects. Results show that improving walkability through increased access to amenities in car-dependent neighborhoods does not appear to increase property values; adding sidewalks in these neighborhoods leads to a minimal increase in property values. Investments in neighborhood amenities and sidewalks will yield a greater home price increase in a walkable neighborhood than in a car-dependent neighborhood.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 9.65

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, W., Joh, K., Lee, C., Kim, J., Park, H., & Woo, A.

citation count

  • 61

complete list of authors

  • Li, Wei||Joh, Kenneth||Lee, Chanam||Kim, Jun-Hyun||Park, Han||Woo, Ayoung

publication date

  • December 2015