Atlantans love their pets. A big back yard or fenced area for the beloved dog is often a major consideration in purchasing a home. Many Atlanta developers and builders have taken the happiness of the family pet into consideration and offer dog parks, walking trails and other dog friendly amenities in new home communities.

The newly launched Atlanta Petz magazine recently dedicated an entire article to “Great Atlanta places for you and your petz to call home.” And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Homefinder story “A dog’s life. . .” details the factors important to dog owners.

We’d like to highlight our favorite dog friendly communities.

Astoria at The Aramore offers intown dogs a place to play alongside beautiful Peachtree Creek. A dog park/walking area and more than one acre of green space is just one of the fabulous amenities at this community. The Astoria is an exclusive, 71-home luxury condo community under construction in the heart of Buckhead. One, two and three bedroom homes start at the high $400,000s and Penthouses from the $900,000s. Large floorplans over 4,000 square feet are available. The Astoria offers homeowners the unique opportunity to personalize their home. Upscale amenities include a heated spa, poolside summer kitchen and grilling area, state of the art fitness center overlooking the sundeck and of course the dog park and greenspace. Condos will be ready for move-in Summer 2008.

Bowen Family Homes’ Stonehaven Terrace in South Forsyth offers something for every member of the family including the four-legged family members. A one-third acre dog park gives dogs a place to play off-leash within the safety of a 42-inch cross buck fence. A sidewalk leads to the landscaped entry and peanut-shaped field, which is complemented by flowering shade trees and evergreens. Homeowners can watch their dogs play from the comfort of benches. Doggie bags, a disposal bin and a water faucet make it easy to take care of the dog’s basic needs on the spot.

AXIS, located in DeKalb County offers a dog walk located in the rear of the property where residents can take their four legged friends for playtime. The 47 one and two bedroom condos and seven live/work units are priced from the high $170,000s to the low $300,000s. Homes range in size from 796 to 1,355 square feet and feature gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as hardwood floors in all living areas. Located within walking distance to MARTA.

Skyline Atlanta is a pet friendly condoSkyline at Lindbergh in Buckhead offers a dog walk area and plenty of green space for afternoon picnics. Developed by MCL Companies, the all glass tower will encompass 220 one- to three-bedroom homes priced from the $190,000s to $1 million plus penthouses. It features fantastic views from the eighth floor and up. Homeowners will enjoy superb amenities such as a swimming pool with waterfalls; cabana; clubhouse with fitness center and billards room; concierge service and more.

McCar Homes McCar Homes’ Deerfield Landing in Alpharetta offers two and three-story luxury townhomes near Windward Parkway. Home prices range from the $230,000s to $260,000s with floorplans up to 2,494 square feed. This gated, Georgetown inspired community includes sidewalks, a pool with cabana and a dog park.

It looks like we have all gone to the dogs. The pet industry is a multi-million dollar industry and now our four-legged hairy friends are dictating our largest investment — our homes. We all like to be welcomed home and I can’t think of a better greeter than the tail wagging, smiling, slobbery dogs that meet me at the door. Photo caption: Jerry Lee, Carol and Scrufty.

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