Here's a cool website to check out: www.walkscore.com. The site gives a score to properties in the USA based on how close amentities are for walking. If you live in a downtown metropolitan area then your score will be quite high. If you live in a suburb or rural area then your score will be much lower. The site is also great for home buyers that are looking at a house in an unfamiliar area to them.
Walkscore provides tons of information about the closest restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, bars, schools, parks, shopping, banks, entertainment and more. A great way to really learn a neighborhood in a short period of time. A fun site to spend a few minutes if you are interested in buying or just wanting to look up your own house? What is your walkscore? Mine was 40. I live in a suburb :)