Downtown has gone to the dogs.
By: Kavita Daswani
Apartments and condos in the heart of Los Angeles are boasting amenities for pets that would make most humans drool: free treats, spas, concierge services and dog-friendly on-site parks and rooftop decks.
"[Apartment dwellers] were getting the workout facilities, the pool, every amenity they could want. But then they started saying, 'Oh, I have a dog,'" said Jim Jacobson, senior vice president of sales for Douglas Elliman Real Estate's development marketing.
Currently under construction, the company's sprawling Metropolis development in downtown Los Angeles will boast its own dog park with bathing and grooming facilities.
"The dog park is not just a grassy area, either," said Jacobson. "We'll have tunnels the dogs can jump on and walk around."
Such pet-friendly offerings are especially important in dense downtown, where green spaces are few and far between.
But they're also cropping up throughout the city.
At the Camden in Hollywood, a "dog den" features a dog wash with a drying station and an off-leash gated space on the rooftop for canines and their owners to socialize; water bowls and treats are available throughout the property.
"Dog-friendly amenities have become among the most requested [feature] nationwide," said Benjamin Brosseau, vice president of developer Camden Property Trust. "And developers are getting smarter about giving tenants what they want."