In The Pet Friendly Doghouse

‘Talk about Pet Friendly. Today’s article is about pet friendly homes that have ‘pet suites‘ for owners who want to splurge. Pet owners now think of their furry friends as children, experts say. So like we make our home child-safe…these pet owners thing of their homes as pet friendly. For me…it’s another look into what’s up today with people and their pets. It makes painting their furry friends more fun. Enjoy this one. 

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Boo, Olivia, Buzz and Buddy . (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Developers are building a new breed of homes that offer optional ‘pet suites’

Upstairs, the master bathroom has a spa built for him and her modeled after a five-star resort, with dual showers and porcelain tile. Downstairs, there’s another spa, but this one is strictly for paws and fur.

Each floor plan for the new homes being built in Brea, in a development known as Avignon at Blackstone, includes an optional 170-square-foot “pet suite.” The suite includes a tiled washing station with leash tie-downs and a hand-held sprayer, a pet dryer, a cabinet with built-in bedding, a stackable washer/dryer combo (separate from the human laundry room), a flat-screen TV and a patio door that opens to a dog run.

The developer, Irvine-based Standard Pacific Homes, says it’s building homes with the lap dog of luxury in mind.

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Dogs explore an optional 170-square-foot pet suite at Standard Pacific Homes’ Avignon at Blackstone development in Brea. The suite includes a tiled washing station with a hand-held sprayer. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

“It comes back to enhancing the lives of our homeowners who are pet owners,” said Danielle Tocco, a spokeswoman for Standard Pacific.

Pet-friendly residential design is gaining popularity

as owners become more sensitive to their pets’ needs, said Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley.

“Such inclusive designs range from apartment complexes with dog-washing facilities, cat-friendly interior design, dog runs, trails and parks, and entire communities oriented toward living with companion and other animals,” Wolch said.

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Boo, Olivia, Buzz and Buddy, all dogs belonging to a Standard Pacific Homes employee, check out the pet suite option. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

 

But Michael Bianchi, managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, said that after polling his network of 150 agents about the pet suites, he thinks Standard Pacific has taken pet-friendly offerings to a new level.

“Standard Pacific is the only builder offering it as a package,” Bianchi said. “The reality is, the amount of money people are spending on their pets is going through the roof. So why wouldn’t they?”

The home builder is just one of many responding to a surge in pet ownership — nearly 70% of American households have pets — and spending, according to a pet industry survey. The companies are also capitalizing on a trend that experts call “pet humanization.” Owners now think of their furry friends as children, and have begun to redefine what they consider necessary supplies, services and treatments, economists and pet industry experts say.

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Buddy stands by as a Standard Pacific employee gives the shower a test run. Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

“Some dogs, you know, they’re just born into luxury.”– Kelly Stern, owner of Beverly Hills Caviar

Wealthy pet owners have long splurged on high-end offerings that in many ways mirror what’s available for humans — hotel-style kennel accommodations, fitness programs, expensive veterinary treatments and organic, gluten-free foods, some even prepared by private chefs.

Dogs at D Pet Hotels in Hollywood are boarded in “suites,” including some outfitted like human bedrooms. Grooming options include full-body massages and detoxifying thermal wraps, and a chauffeur service will pick up lucky dogs in a Bentley, Rolls-Royce or Lamborghini Gallardo. Owner Alissa Cruz said her clients want to provide such creature comforts for dogs that love them unconditionally, like children who never talk back.

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chad.garland@latimes.com

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