Woof! Pet Friendly Cities Worth Speaking About (And Home Amenities Too)
Just in time for National Hug Your Dog Day, tech-powered brokerage Redfin has joined forces with Rover, a networking platform to pet sitters, to rank the top cities for dog lovers. Seattle, Chicago and Denver top the list, compiled from over 14,000 cities across the country using Rover's data for walks, dog walkers and pet sitters. Rover also uncovered the most popular breed in each area.
Redfin then coupled Rover's insights with data on homes for sale to take a closer look at what life as a dog is like in each city. Redfin analyzed how often the keyword 'dog' appeared in the online listing descriptions of homes for sale, often to note that a property was dog-friendly or close to dog parks. The company also included each dog-friendly city's Walk Score® to highlight how easy it is to treat your dog to his or her favorite activity.
"Dogs are part of the family, so it's important to factor in our furry friends when choosing a place to live," said Daryl Fairweather, Redfin's chief economist and a Seattle dog owner. "Highlighting dog-friendly amenities like a spacious yard or a mudroom for dirty paws in your listing can make it easier for buyers to find the home of their dog's dreams."
Here's Redfin and Rover's definitive ranking for the most dog-friendly cities of 2019:
Share of For-Sale Home Listings that mention "Dog"
Los Angeles, CA
Pit Bull Mix
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Pit Bull Mix
San Jose, CA
Despite the notion that some people may wait to move to the suburbs to adopt a dog, urban cores still rank highest in dog friendliness. Cities renowned for leafy parks and outdoor activities like Seattle, Chicago and Denver claimed the top spots. And while New York City, Brooklyn and San Francisco rank highest for walkability, a seemingly significant factor when deciding to get a dog, they rank lower for overall dog friendliness, perhaps due to a higher cost of living, and housing inventory of typically smaller apartments.
Other highlights include Washington, D.C., and its Virginia suburbs of Arlington and Alexandria, all making the list, possibly aligned to an influx of interest in the area following Amazon's arrival to town.
Needless to say, "pet friendliness" is in the eye of the beholder. Staff at REAL Trends have noticed more homes on the market being touted for pet friendly features. Check out our video on some of the amenities we're seeing.