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New site helps commuters find convenient properties

Alex Johnson

image001 300x157 New site helps commuters find convenient propertiesHow long are you prepared to commute each day? That’s the question that new website Mapumental Property asks – before showing you the properties for sale within that time band. It covers the whole of Britain and takes into account every mode of public transport, as well as actual walking.

Using Zoopla’s API, the site displays houses for sale or rent, based on the public transport commuting time of your choice. Input the postcode of your workplace or children’s school to see everywhere within your chosen journey time – pictured is a map to find properties within a 35 minute commute time to the Independent’s offices.

Since transit times do not always equate with geographical distance, house hunters may be surprised to see new pockets of possibility within what they define as a tolerable commute.

So looking at the map pictured, the white area shows everywhere within a 35 minute commute of the Independent’s offices, assuming a 9am arrival time. Blue markers indicate houses currently for sale (3 bedrooms, up to £500,000 – these filters can be altered, as can the journey time).

The site uses the not-for-profit mySociety’s advanced journey time mapping software. Recent adopters include Foxtons and Winkworth. mySociety is also behind other civic/democratic projects such as like FixMyStreet.com and WhatDoTheyKnow.com.

Mapumental Property says it is not aiming to compete with the existing property sites. mySociety’s Director, Tom Steinberg, said: “Our philosophy at mySociety is to make complicated things simple. We hope that Mapumental makes life easier for commuters, and shows that mySociety can make complicated data simple for anyone interested in collaborating with us.”

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  • Mark Smith

    It’s very clever, but it would be even better if it included average driving times in rush-hour. Clearly, that’s not the point of it but it would be handy!


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