Seattle startup Walk Score is rolling out a new search function that allows would-be apartment dwellers to find the perfect neighborhood — discovering rental properties that are close to coffee shops, grocery stores, car sharing drop-offs and schools.
Walk Score co-founder Matt Lerner said that the new service is designed for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, so-called Millenials who are renting more and increasingly choosing not to own cars. As part of that, Walk Score’s new “Gotta Have” search includes more than 4,000 car sharing locations from services such as iGo, City Car Share and ZipCar.
Walk Score is attracting about 700,000 visitors a month to its Web site, and it is showing about four million scores each day on behalf of clients. The service is best known for assigning a score on a scale of 1 to 100 for every address in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand based on the proximity to amenities such as theaters, restaurants and transit.
The company raised $2 million in funding earlier this year from angel investors such as former Amazon.com CTO Shel Kaphan, former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, entrepreneur Edward Yim, angel investor Geoff Entress and others.
Previously on GeekWire: Walk Score propels forward with $2 million, promises commutes that ‘don’t suck’