Chicago New Home Buyers Can Consider Car-Free Living

November 24, 2013

More bike options for Chicago new homesIn addition to receiving one of the top ten walk-ability scores in the country, work on making Chicago an even more bike-friendly city is underway. With more than 200 miles of bike lanes available now and plans to complete a full 33 miles more before year’s end, the focus on additional infrastructure has won Chicago recognition on multiple top ten lists for being bike-friendly. This explosion of bike-friendliness means that those looking for a new home in Chicago can consider an option that may have been unthinkable just a few years ago: choosing to live car-free.

If you want to live car-free in Chicago, you need to do your homework and consider all of your non-automobile options. Chicago is growing rich with non-auto options including the rail and subway, plus walking and riding paths, but prices for housing near the rail stations are getting more expensive. It’s up to you to decide how far away you can live from what you need, and if the savings of living without parking spaces and car payments can make up for the increased rent or mortgage payments. When making this decision, don’t forget to weigh benefits like a more active lifestyle into the equation, too.

While this money saving, more active lifestyle is great, Chicago is still in a period of transition with adding more cycling options, so whether you are on foot, riding a bike, or behind the wheel, you need to make sure that you pay attention to the road. Also important is learning and following the rules of the road, as fines dealing with traffic misconduct for bikers and drivers has increased.

These rules and changes are hoping to alleviate some of Chicago’s growing pains, but one thing is certain: with numbers like 2,713 more commuters using bikes in 2012 and plans for 645 miles of bike trails by 2020, bikes are only going to increase in popularity.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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