Pet-Friendly Condos and Cooperatives in Washington Metro
We are a society consumed with animals and with pet ownership, a fact that also has an effect on where we live. It’s as true in urban neighborhoods as it is in rural settings with wide open spaces. And when it comes to shopping for condos, townhouses and cooperatives in the Washington Metropolitan area, pet-friendly policies can be ever so welcome.
Our non-human companions can take many sizes and shapes, of course. They can come in the form of a snake or a lizard, or just a cute little goldfish swimming contentedly in a bowl. Or, it could be a hamster, a gerbil, a cat or a dog. And then there are the people who swear that miniature pigs make the best pets of all!
Pet Friendly Building and Condos for Sale in the Washington Metropolitan Area
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But not all condominiums or co-ops allow our funny little friends. Or, there may be certain size limits or other restrictions. For instance, animals over 25 pounds might be a no-no. What can a prospective home buyer do then? Say goodbye to their precious Golden Retriever just to satisfy a condo board’s rules and regulations? Or, give up on an awesome building in a great neighborhood and continue the search?
First things first. Don’t ever assume that a particular place allows pets. Check the rules carefully. And if you have a question, ask someone in authority. Perhaps an exception can be made. But don’t blow off your faithful companion just to nab that overpriced studio penthouse! Because there’s plenty of pet-friendly properties for sale in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax County, Maryland and Washington DC.
All those different areas also present additional options to consider. Because sometimes we want to be within walking distance of a fantastic dog park. The District has some very cool places to take your canine, including the Montrose Park in Georgetown, S Street Dog Park near Dupont Circle, Lincoln Park and Stanton Park in the Capitol Hill area, Riverdale Conservancy in Cleveland Park and the Newark Street Dog Park which is part of Glover Archbold Park.
But don’t fall in love with the notion of a ferret within the Washington DC borders as the slinky creatures are strictly prohibited. On the other hand, they are allowed in Arlington County. Good to know, right?
Arlington also has some great adoption options for pets, with the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the SPCA of Northern Virginia and Dog World Rescue.
Want to take Fido out to play in Arlington? There’s a number of great places, most of which are fenced in and off-leash. They include Fort Ethan Allen Dog Park, Fort Barnard Park, Benjamin Benneker Park, Glencarlyn Park, Towers Dog Park, Shirlington Dog Park and Utah Dog Park.
Alexandria is another place that’s super dog crazy. It also has some of the best condos, townhouses and co-ops for sale in the Washington Metro area. There’s also more than 20 off-leash parks including Dog Run Park at Carlyle, Ben Brenman Park, Grist Mill, Founders Park, Braddock Road, Chinquapin Park, Beauregard Street, Simpson Stadium and quite a few others.
You can even get some river enjoyment with your pup via the Canine Cruise, hosted by the Potomac Riverboat Company!
The fabulous neighborhood of Del Ray in Alexandria is another dog-happy place. You can stock up on organic pet food at Nature’s Nibbles or shop for all sorts of stuff at Your Dog’s Best Friends, both of which are on the indie-spirited Mt. Vernon Avenue. Or how about adopting an animal from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria or the Alexandria Animal Shelter? Or if you’re more of a bird person, try the Virginia Bird Rescue or the Rescue Me Mission.
The good citizens of Fairfax can frolic with their off-leash dogs at the Blake Lane Dog Park or Nottoway Park-Hunter House. And who can resist those pleading eyes at the adoption events thrown by Webber’s Pet Supermarket or Petland Fairfax?
But if you want more choices when it comes to animal rescues, check out HART in Fairfax Station, Friends of the Homeless Animals, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter or the Homeless Animals Rescue Team on Chain Bridge Road.
And those longing to live in a modern glass and steel tower in Bethesda, Maryland will also find some great pet-friendly buildings. Plus, you can adopt a doggie through the Best DAWG Rescue in Bethesda or find a cool cat at Alley Cat Allies. As for great places to hang out with your four-legged friend as well as human beings, it’s hard to beat the Cabin John Dog Park.
So remember the basics—check the rules and regs when shopping for condos and co-ops for sale in the DC Metro area, and make sure to leave plenty of water for your animals while you’re away at work. And then give them lots of attention when you get home. Because they miss you when you’re gone!
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Listing information last updated on December 19th, 2018 at 9:04am EST.