DIEGO, Calif. ó All homebuyers have their must-have
lists when looking for their perfect home, such as an
open floor plan or a spacious master bathroom. But pet
owners also need to consider their creaturesí needs
when looking for a house. Luckily, more and more
builders are taking four-legged companions into account
in new construction and neighborhoods.
lovers might want to consider these new homes and
at The Estates and Artesian Estates at Del Sur by
CalAtlantic Homes have optional pet suites available to
pamper your furry friend. Features include direct access
to the outdoors and a "pet spa" that a dog can
walk into after a dusty hike. The suites come with
plenty of built-ins to store treats, leashes and
grooming products and optional built-in perches for
Davidson Communitiesí The Estates at San Elijo Hills,
an oversized doggy shower is a featured option in an
expanded laundry room. The community of San Elijo Hills
also has a popular dog park and 18 miles of trails.
it comes to new-home options, choosing the right
flooring can be the key to happy co-existence for you
and your pet. Plush new carpeting may not only turn into
a large scratching post for your cat, it can also trap
hair, dander and fleas, and lead to allergies. Wood
floors are often susceptible to scratches, and tile
floors may be too slippery for older dogs. Older dogs
might also have trouble navigating stairs. That might
not be a problem for those with small dogs that can
easily be carried, but a larger dog might have to stay
on one floor of a two-story house as it ages.
walking is a great way to make friends in a new
neighborhood, and many new communities are focusing on
Millenia in South County, broad pedestrian pathways
connect to urban parks with dedicated dog runs. When
fully developed, the master-planned community will have
seven parks, and residents will be no farther than a
three-minute walk away from one. Additional pet-friendly
offerings may be available at each of the neighborhoods
offered within Millenia.
in Mission Valley is another urban community focused on
walkability. Civita Park includes trails for walking and
running, and a dog park designed for large and small
dogs. The park is connected to all the neighborhoods in
Civita through a web of trails and sidewalks for easy
access to the park, day or night ó the walkways are
illuminated with LED lighting. In 2017, Civita Park was
honored with the Urban Land Institute Healthy Places
award and an architectural "Orchid" award.
are welcome on leash at San Elijo State Beach, which is
just a few minutes away from Melia Homesí Laurel Cove
development in Encinitas. (The grand opening is
scheduled for March 3.) Laurel Coveís nine homes also
have large backyards, a feature essential for some
buyers with pets.
backyard is a great place for pets to relax outdoors,
but when looking for a home, make sure that outdoor
space is a safe environment. Although most fences wonít
keep cats contained, a solid 5- to 6-foot perimeter
fence is necessary for dogs. If that is lacking, itís
an additional expense that needs to be calculated into
the cost of the home.
a new pet-friendly home and neighborhood is becoming
easier as builders recognize the importance of
four-legged family members.