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A Guide to Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods and Amenities

October 30, 2023 

Searching for the perfect neighborhood for you and your furry friend? You’re in good company! At Bedford & Driggs, we understand that your pet is an essential part of your family, and their happiness and safety are paramount. Moving with a pet can be a challenge, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. So here’s a guide to help you find a pet-friendly neighborhood and the perfect pet-friendly housing options.

Signs of a Pet-Friendly Neighborhood

1. Welcoming Walkways
One of the key signs of a pet-friendly neighborhood is the presence of sidewalks and ample walking space. No one wants to navigate bushes every time a car passes by, so ensure the area has safe walkways for you and your pet.

2. Lots of (Night) Light
For those who enjoy evening walks with their pets, well-lit streets are essential. Checking the neighborhood’s streetlight situation both during the day and evening can prevent any unpleasant surprises.

3. Plenty of Parks
Dogs need space to run and play, so nearby parks are a must. Verify that these parks are pet-friendly and equipped with open, grassy areas and proper disposal facilities for pet waste.

4. Close Veterinarians and Great Groomers
In emergencies, quick access to a veterinarian is crucial. Assess how close the neighborhood is to a vet and consider the ease of getting there, especially if you plan to walk and for pets requiring grooming, proximity to a reputable groomer can save you from bad hair days. Ensure there’s one nearby or check for highly-rated alternatives if you’re moving to a new area.

5. Pet-Friendly Public Transportation
If you rely on public transportation, investigate whether nearby buses, subways, or other options allow pets and what rules apply, such as carriers or leashes.

Choosing Pet-Friendly Housing Options

1. Check Housing Rules
Even if the neighborhood is pet-friendly, not all housing options may be. Some apartments and condos have strict pet rules. Always clarify these rules with landlords or homeowner associations before deciding on a place.

2. Fenced Yards
If you want your dog to have outdoor space, make sure there’s a fenced yard for their safety.

3. Local Pet Services
When considering housing options, it’s crucial to take into account the availability of local pet services such as pet stores, pet-friendly restaurants and cafes, pet-friendly events, and more.

4. Pet Amenities
Some housing complexes offer pet amenities such as dog parks and pet waste stations. These can be a bonus for you and your pet’s convenience.

5. Observe Other Pets
During property tours, take note of how many residents have pets and whether they’re well-managed. Online reviews can also provide insights into the pet-friendliness of a complex.

Finding a pet-friendly neighborhood and housing option can feel overwhelming, especially for first-time pet parents. At Bedford & Driggs, we understand the importance of finding the perfect home for your entire family, including your furry, feathered, or scaled companions. 

Ready to embark on your search for a pet-friendly place? Contact us today and explore Bedford & Driggs’ pet-friendly rental options and find your perfect home today because at Bedford & Driggs, we know it’s more than just a move – it’s a home for your pet!

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