Denver sure does love its dogs! According to a recent survey from Rover.com and Zillow, the Mile High City is ranked number one in the country for dog-friendly cities, followed by Orlando, Fla. and Anaheim, Calif. Denver took the top spot largely because of its plethora of parks, dog-friendly restaurants and bars, and speciality stores like dog bakeries.
With the number of dogs we see out and about around the city, this news may not come as a surprise. But, what you may not know is how seriously dog owners take their pet’s needs when seeking a new home. According to the survey, 62 percent of dog owners would consider moving for their dog and 86 percent list pet-friendly features – especially a fenced-in outdoor area – as an important factor when house hunting.
Further, a 2020 Zillow report on home sales found that homes sold faster when their listings mentioned dog-friendly features. Homes sold 5 days faster than expected when the listing mentioned a fenced backyard, 4 days faster when mentioning a dog run, and home listings that mentioned a dog house were associated with a 3 percent higher-than-expected sale price.
Some other interesting results:
- Dog owners are willing to spend more on purchasing or renting a home for pet-friendly features.
- Nearly half (40%) of dog owners are willing to pay $5,000 more when purchasing a home to have dog-friendly features.
- Twenty six percent (26%) are willing to pay $10,000 more.
- When renting, 30% are willing to pay $100 more a month.
- Ten percent (10%) responded that money is no object to accommodate their dog’s needs.
Our fur babies become part of our families, and from dining out to house hunting, there isn’t much we wouldn’t do with or for them. What is your favorite doggie hot spot in Denver? Tell us below.