It's Not Ruff to Find Dog-Friendly Spots for Your Atlanta Real Estate Clients
Humans have fostered a relationship with dogs for roughly 16,000 years or more. To put that into perspective, the very first forms of written language only go back approximately 3,200 years. So it goes without saying that our love affair with our four-legged goofballs isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
That’s especially true here in America. Dogs have long been a member of the American household — so much so that the majority of U.S. presidents have had a dog while in office. The name “Fido”, often used when discussing an unfamiliar dog, actually comes from President Abraham Lincoln’s dog Fido.
Not surprisingly, then, Atlanta residents are just as passionate about their pooches as the rest of the country, and it’s important for agents to be aware of the role canines play in the homebuying process.
Real Estate and Pets
According to a recent Realtor.com survey, almost 95% of pet-owning homebuyers reported that they thought about their pets’ needs when choosing which home to buy.
The survey also found that 38% of respondents cited a “big yard” as a property’s most important feature followed by “outdoor spaces” at 29%, “garages” at 24%, “dog-friendly areas” at 22%, and last but not least — interior square footage at 20%.
Considering the significant number of homebuyers who have pets, it could be helpful to do a quick search for dog-friendly parks and restaurants near your properties — regardless of where they are in Georgia — using the pet-specific search engine BringFido.com to boost your reputation as a pet-friendly real estate agent.
And if you’re passionate about animals, you’re not alone. According to the National Association of REALTORS® study ”Animal House: Pets in the Home Buying and Selling Process”, 81% of the agents surveyed said they consider themselves to be animal lovers. Furthermore, 14% said that they actively volunteer with animal-focused organizations and that 24% would in the future. Volunteering could be a great way to help differentiate your brand — not to mention help make a difference for some animals and their owners.
If you would like to sniff around volunteer opportunities in Georgia visit VolunteerMatch.org to find one near you.
Dog Parks Around Atlanta
With over 402 dog parks and green spaces to choose from, Atlanta is a great place for dog owners. So if your client is looking to make four or two-legged friends, consider showing properties near one of these great dog parks:
Piedmont Dog Park is three acres worth of off-leash dog fun. With areas for both small and large breeds, dog water spickets, plenty of shade, benches, and a network of walking trails, it’s the perfect place to help your pooch get those zoomies out.
While real estate nearby usually goes for seven figures, little gems like this charming historic 1 bed, 1 bath apartment can be had for $300k.
In the words of one 5-star Google reviewer, “[Ormewood is] a neighborhood dog yard. Most people know each other and their dogs." Here neighbors can purchase a membership — only $5 per month for small breeds and up to $25 for large breeds — to help keep the place friendly, clean, and maintained for the community.
Homes near the Ormewood Dog Yard, like this nice 5 bed, 4 bath home, can go for as much as $800k.
The Freedom Barkway Dog Park offers two acres of pooch-friendly green space with specific areas for both small and large breeds. It’s centrally located too, meaning it’s a great convergence point when meeting friends from across town.
The Freedom Barkway Dog Park is part of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, meaning it’s right in the heart of the city. Something like this 1 bed, 1 bath apartment listed for $255k would be perfect for a city-dwelling dog owner.
4. Fetch Park
Fetch Park is more than just a dog park: It’s a dog park concept with an open-air bar serving beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Recognized by large media outlets such as The Travel Channel, CNN, and ESPN, it’s worth dropping by Fetch Park for a little pooch and pilsner time.
Fetch Park is also close to Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. Perhaps this hip 1 bed, 1 bath industrial-chic apartment listed for $290k would be the perfect home base since it’s only a short walk away.
Oakhurst Dog Park, located in Decatur, is one large free-for-all of fun. It’s a no-frills dog park that provides the essentials and even features a substantial wooded area, which is nice on hot days — not to mention full of great earthy smells to delight canine companions.
Real estate nearby includes a mix of apartments and gorgeous older homes like this 3 bed, 2 bath cottage listed for $575k.
Of course, that’s just to name a few spots sure to delight your dog-happy clients. Beyond the numerous dog parks, Atlanta is also home to over 382 pet-friendly establishments. How’s that for a tail-waggin’ good city to own a dog?
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