Today Domain announced the launch of their new search functionality RADAR. It is an extension of their existing search tool with additional options to allow the user to narrow their search for properties to include lifestyle features.
Additional lifestyle features property seekers can select include:
..transport, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, shopping centres, libraries, post offices, museums, high schools, primary schools, child care, golf courses, swimming pools, parks, hospitals, dentists, medical centres, police stations, airports, power stations, community centres, indoor sports facilities and more.
The tool then gives each property a rating out of 5 stars according to how well the property matches your criteria. They don’t mention how they calculate the rating but the tool is reasonably intuitive as it then tells you what features do or don’t match your criteria and also maps them in relation to the property.
Domain have definitely borrowed some ideas from WalkScore I wonder whether they source the data from a similar location. All they say about the source of their data is:
Best of all this information is independently sourced so you know you can trust it.
Any issues with the application? Domain have almost doubled the number of search filters which are available to property seekers. This is great but only in areas where they have a large representation of listings. In areas where Domain do not have many listings users might enter a detailed search only to see the words “No Properties Match Your Criteria”.