From play dates and outdoor activities to walking services and on-site convenience, new homes with state-of-the-art pet amenities are becoming increasingly popular in metro Atlanta. Homebuyers are as concerned about their four-legged family members’ happiness as they are their own bliss. Pet-friendly amenities make life easier for not only the smallest residents of the home, but also for you too. Many of Atlanta’s top homebuilders, including Stanley Martin Homes, Pulte Homes, The Providence Group and Smyrna Grove, offer several pet-friendly amenities within their homes and communities.
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A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of SunTrust Mortgage found that 33 percent of millennial home buyers’ decisions to buy a home was driven directly by their dog. Baby boomers may no longer represent the largest portion of pet owners in the U.S., but they are still replacing their millennial children with pets. In almost all cases, pets are a major aspect of customers’ lives and homes, and they want to pamper their pals as much as possible.
With pet-parents in mind, WalletHub conducted research in 2017 on the most pet-friendly cities in the United States. They evaluated the dimensions using 21 relevant metrics such as average veterinary care costs, veterinarian’s per capita, dog parks per capita, weather and more. Atlanta landed as the No. 9 city with the most-pet friendly restaurants per capita being the main attraction to residents and visitors. Whether you have a mischievous cat or a pleasurable pup, metro Atlanta can offer restaurants, parks and shopping near your new home – many of which are pet-friendly!
Buying a Home in Atlanta with Pet-Friendly Amenities
Stanley Martin Homes offers custom pet-friendly amenities, like dog washing stations or specific spaces to leave your dog during the day while no one is home. At Edgewater in Holly Springs, you’ll find a pet station located in an area off the garage, with space that can also include benches, cubbies or even a desk. A wash station is included with a tile backsplash and drain tray, while the room is finished with a split door and screened area so the dog can see through it. In addition to these amenities, the builder also offers flooring options and communities that focus on the values of their buyers. The company’s new single family community, Canopy, located in the heart of Roswell, offers an exclusive dog park for furry family members.
Atlanta-based Pulte Homes has introduced an expanded entryway with features such as built-in shelving and benches. While this is the traditional place for backpacks and shoes, it’s now the landing spot for bowls, beds and other pet supplies. Many Pulte homes also offer the customization option of transforming the space under the stairs into a pet area, making it the perfect place for food and water bowls or even a cozy napping spot in the center of your home. You’ll also find dog parks included in the amenity packages at many of Pulte’s Atlanta-area communities, including Ashford Manor Enclave in Cumming, Falls Crest in Kennesaw and Parkside at Mason Mill in Decatur.
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The Providence Group, a luxury, upscale Atlanta builder, offers many customized options, including custom pet stations. Typically priced between $1,000 and $6,000 depending on the selections, pet stations in The Providence Group’s homes can range from smaller elevated bating stations that look like sinks to pet washing areas that are more like walk-in showers. The stations are primarily constructed with subway tile and darker grout so they’re easy to keep clean, and they usually incorporate some type of handheld shower head to make the entire process easier. Like many of today’s builders, The Providence Group also incorporates dog parks into its communities. Find one at Chelsea Walk, a gated townhome community in Alpharetta, or Brookmere at Johns Creek.
Smyrna Grove, a new home community in the heart of Smyrna, features many parks, green spaces and outdoor areas, all of which are open to man’s best friend. The community offers two large parks and several smaller pocket parks, as well as an abundance of sidewalks and walking trails.
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See, Sit, Shop
In-home, pet-friendly conveniences are a must for the many Atlantans who treat their pets as members of the family. However, when it’s time to head out for fun, dining or exercise, there are also several places around the city that allow -- or even encourage -- you, to take your furry best friend along!
- Take them out to the ballgame when the Atlanta Braves host Bark in the Park every spring.
- All pets are welcome at Woofstock Festival, which takes place in Suwanee in the spring and Smyrna in the fall.
- Have your four-legged friend run wild at Piedmont Park's designated dog parks
- Head to the super popular Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall for cocktails, snacks and a pet-friendly patio.
- Visit Atlanta’s famous SweetWater Brewery, which offers a pet-friendly patio.
Metro Atlanta may be known for city amenities, but there are several communities and homes with sprawling open space for your furry friends. As you can see, there are also plenty of builders who feature luxurious built-in pet features that make for convenient at-home pampering.