The Doghouse Ain't What It Used To Be
The way to a tenant's heart is through his or her best friend. These days pets are like children, and they've become an integral part of the renter's decision-making process. AMLI began incorporating pet amenities in its properties about eight years ago, and interest continues to grow exponentially, AMLI SVP Traci Hall tells us. Features range from pet spas to high-end pet vending machines (offering bejeweled collars, treats, fancy shampoo... and stuff for your pet as well), and even include areas like paw parks, where owners can bond with each other and their animals. Early adopters of these pawesome trends include Atlanta, Austin, and Denver, while the West Coast is now getting started on incorporating pet parks, she says.
Here's one of AMLI's paw washes, featuring animal-friendly steps, a tub, sprayer, and dryers. At garden-style properties, AMLI's tried fenced-in personal pet yards that range from $50 to $200 depending on the size. (Though the grass needs to be replaced more frequently, and you can guess why.) Also, you can't forget move-in gifts, Traci adds. They've educated leasing consultants to take note of any pets moving in and provide a personalized welcome treat (dog bowls, leashes, collars, etc.). AMLI has seven properties in greater Denver, all of them with pet-friendly features, including the brand-new AMLI Riverfront Park, which includes a paw wash and pet spa, and is close to the Railyard Dog Park.
The pet craze has its challenges, Traci tells us, since not everyone wants to live around furry friends. AMLI properties might incorporate pet floors or pet elevators to create some separation. Keeping pet bathroom habits contained is another issue, so they'll strategically place dog waste bags throughout a property (even in the elevator) and they've engineered pet parks to have wash off and drainage systems to avoid any unpleasant smells. All in all, things seem to be looking good for Fido.