Missouri Makes a Great Playground for Pooches and Agents Alike
The Show-Me State isn’t necessarily recognized for its natural splendor, but perhaps it should be. There’s just something about those rolling Missouri hills, the lush greenery that’s very much alive, and of course, the plentiful lakes that make you feel closer to nature. At the very least, it’s a pretty place to purchase property — and if you have a dog, it’s even better. Missouri is full of dog-friendly hiking areas that are definitely worth living near.
This trail, located just outside of Branson, offers roughly 1.5 miles of varied moderate terrain, views from the bluffs, and even a waterfall. The trail does include narrow sections of stairs and can get muddy, so plan accordingly. Dogs are permitted but be sure to keep them leashed and always pick up after your pet.
If you or your client should want to live nearby, this 3 bed, 2 bath home listed for $250k just down the road lets residents enjoy both daytime hikes and all the nightlife entertainment that Branson has to offer. And, if staying in is the name of the game, relax and rejuvenate in your own slice of nature next to the home’s koi pond and waterfall installation.
The Wolf Creek Full Loop, located in the southwestern part of the state, is perfect for those looking to run. Here, there are 10.7 miles worth of densely forested trails to explore. Elevation changes very little, so this dog-friendly loop is better for older pets or those who are looking to walk or run rather than hike. Although dogs are welcome on the Wolf Creek trail, do keep them on leash — it’s not Dog Creek trail, after all!
Want to make the Wolf Creek loop part of the regular training regimen for you and your dog? This 6 bed, 6 bath house in Poplar Bluff sitting on three acres is the perfect pooch palace. After your outdoor activities are done, your tension will melt away in the marble walk-in shower. And, if you and your furry friend want to practice your puppy paddle, head into the in-ground pool just outside. There’s no ruff living at this $850k property!
The 2.2-mile Rocky Top Trail inside the Lake of the Ozark State Park offers stunning views of the lake without making your dogs bark. Not surprisingly, it’s a popular spot, but the views make it worth braving the traffic. Since the trail is inside the state park, pets must be leashed. Bring some doggie business bags and be ready to pick up any messes they make.
Real estate near the lake is extremely desirable, meaning you can find some unique properties for corresponding price points — including this nearby 3 bed, 3 bath lake house listed for $3.4 million. Sporting 5,390 sq. ft. of living space and multiple patios, you and your canine companion will have plenty of space to recoup after your outdoor escapades.
This trail might be close to St. Louis, but it’s still quite an adventure. Rated “hard” by AllTrails.com, this trail is 10.2 miles of inclines and declines tough enough to wear out even the most energetic sporting breeds. Traffic is moderate, meaning you’ll likely meet other hikers on the trail, so keep your pet leashed and keep the park clean.
St. Louis real estate has been trending upward. Real estate close to the park, however, remains relatively affordable. This 2 bed, 2 bath new build listed for $233k is just a short drive from the Rockwoods Range Conservation Area where the trail begins. With 1,149 sq. ft. of living space organized in an open floor plan, you and your pooch will have all the room to sit, stay, and roll over. Talk about barking up the right tree!
Real Estate and Pets
Think real estate has gone to the dogs? You’d be right. 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%. Not surprisingly, these are all attributes easily found in most Missouri markets.
“We believe that a home is so much more than a roof and four walls. It is where family and friends come together and memories are made,” Nate Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer for Realtor.com, said. “The results of this survey reinforce that our pets are our family and an important part of what makes a house a home.”
Considering that ~46% of all Missouri households own a dog — the fourth-highest percentage of pet owners by state — it could be helpful to do a quick search for dog-friendly parks and restaurants near your properties using the pet-specific search engine BringFido.com to boost your pet-friendliness as an 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 they actively volunteer with animal-focused organizations, and 24% said they would do so 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 for some volunteer pawportunities in Missouri, visit VolunteerMatch.org to find one near you.
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