They make Instagram accounts for their dogs. They bring their dogs to brunch. They throw doggie birthday parties and weddings and spend a fortune on organic dog treats. So, it’s no surprise millennials are also choosing their homes based on dog-friendliness.
Although Streeterville is known for its stunning high rises and big city feel, it is quickly becoming a millennial magnet because of its reputation as a dog-friendly haven. The number of pet-welcoming condos is multiplying, and the incredibly pedestrian-friendly neighborhood makes it easy for locals to walk the street with their four-legged babies.
Whether they’re moving out of their parents’ house for the first time or buying a home after years of renting, millennials aren’t willing to leave their dogs behind. Condos that don’t just tolerate pets but welcome them with open arms is a significant plus for this generation as they step into the real estate market. Condos like One Bennett Park offer beautiful residences for humans and their dogs and are close to public parks, dog parks, and pet supply stores. The location of luxury condos like this makes it quick and convenient for dog owners to hit the trail or swing by a dog park without going too far out of their way.
Millennials are planners, and they’re not willing to settle. They want comfort, convenience, and a welcoming, inclusive community — and that includes all members of the family. For the rising number of millennials who are choosing to have jobs and dogs and social lives instead of kids (for now!), areas like Streeterville are looking even more appealing.
Being in a good school district isn’t usually high on the “must have” list for millennial home buyers, but easy access to dog parks and not having to deal with the hassle that comes with pet fees and restrictions is a big perk. A recent study that polled millennial homebuyers showed that 42 percent of homebuyers listed that their dog — even their future dog — was a critical factor in where they decided to buy a home. Even homebuyers who don’t have a dog yet cited that they definitely see a pet in their future and want to live in a place that makes having a pet hassle-free.
Streeterville is known for its impressive high rises, but millennials are finding single-family homes in the area that are affordable, safe, and Fido-approved as well. Many homebuyers are looking for homes with dog-friendly amenities, such as big yards that are fenced in and are finding them in Streeterville. Known as “The Gateway to the Navy Pier,” this bustling district offers all of the perks that millennials are looking for in a first-time neighborhood, including bars with pet-friendly patios, miles of walking trails, and access to dog-friendly beaches.
While millennials aren’t known for staying in one spot very long, they are entering the real estate game with a set of expectations that will make life for them, and their pups, enjoyable while they’re there.