Did you know that Americans own approximately 77.5 million dogs? That’s more than double the population of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined! Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own at least one dog and of those owners, twenty-four percent own two dogs. And if you happen to reside in an urban environment, like Chicago for example, choosing the right home may not only have to fulfill your requirements, but your dogs’ as well. And for the majority of would-be homeowners, a dog-friendly environment will almost always outweigh all other factors.
Believe it or not, for dog owners, shopping for a condo or apartment is just like shopping for a new couch or new carpet. One of the first questions usually won’t be linked to whether it fits your needs, but how will it accommodate your dog. For example, I may see the perfect sectional sofa that fits in with the layout of the living area perfectly; but is this particular sofa right for my golden retriever? If he sheds or happens to have an accident, is this sofa stain-resistant or the right color to hide such problems? Well the same goes for a potential new home. Does this building allow dogs? Are there limitations to the number of dogs I can have? Where are the nearest parks I can take my dog to get the necessary exercise he needs? These are all questions EVERY dog owner will be asking themselves when looking for a new place.
Fortunately, Chicago happens to be a very dog-friendly city-so much that just a few years ago, it was voted as the top “dog-friendly city” in the country by DogFriendly.com.
While most buildings have restrictions such as a 2-dog maximum at 25 lbs each, there are a few buildings in the downtown area with no restrictions at all. As always, pet policies are almost always being modified, but for now 512 N McClurg, 222 East Pearson, 200 East Delaware, 201 East Chestnut are four of the city’s most lenient properties when it comes to having pets and do not have any quantity or weight restrictions. Other top pet friendly buildings around Chicago include Aqua, 225 N. Columbus Drive-which is only steps away from Lake Shore East Dog Park and also has several other outdoor spaces dogs will enjoy that include an 80,000 square-foot outdoor garden; and Catalpa Gardens, a somewhat newer building located at 125 South Jefferson, which even has a rooftop dog-walk which is an especially convenient and unique amenity available to it’s residents. When searching for the perfect pet-friendly condo or apartment, it is important to choose a Realtor who understands animal policies and regulations of downtown Chicago and has the knowledge of local pet-friendly services and facilities.
Ted Guarnero, REALTOR® is a full-time real estate agent with over 1000 homes sold and $400 million in sales. Working with Compass real estate offering professional and effective real estate services to help you succeed in the local real estate market. Visit www.seeChicagorealestate.com for information on downtown Chicago real estate and to get in touch with an expert in the Chicago real estate market. Before you hire your next Realtor call Ted Guarnero 855-See-Chicago, it's on the House !