In recent years there’s been a definite trend towards up-market apartment blocks becoming pet-friendly – that is to say they have by-laws that clearly permit pets, and some even actively promote pet ownership. There’s a growing belief among developers, real estate agents and buyers that pet-friendly by-laws can improve the value of a building.
With so many people wanting to own dogs and cats, if they’re expressly excluded from buying into a development because animals aren’t allowed, then there will naturally beless competition in the market for that apartment as a result.
Many exclusive apartment developments in Sydney and Melbourne now promote themselves as being pet-friendly. Pet-friendly developments in Sydney include Altair, Jacksons Landing in Pyrmont, Lumiere in the city, Meta by Starck and St Margarets in Surry Hills, Republic 2 in East Sydney, Darling Island at Pyrmont and Salacia Waters on the Gold Coast.
In Melbourne pet-friendly developments include Freshwater Place at Southbank and 70 Lorimer Street at Docklands.
It’s clear that as people take up city life and try to create a ‘Manhattan’ lifestyle, a pet is often part of the family and needs to be considered and accommodated.