Has Tampa Bay Real Estate Gone to the Dogs?

People love their dogs. Dogs love their owners. More and more dog related places and things are showing up all over the place, and Tampa Bay is no stranger to the craze. Pet friendly hotels, restaurants, and stores are around every corner these days. Gone are the days that dogs lived in the back yard or the basement. Most pet owners choose their furniture and flooring around the needs of their dogs. Some even have custom designed beds and personalized food dishes for their dogs. Just about every city in the Tampa Bay area has a Dog Park these days and people want to live near them too. Dog owners are starting to take their dogs to the park as much as they take their children it seems.

Some of the more popular places for dog lovers in Tampa Bay are Dunedin and Davis Island. Dunedin has a Dog Beach, with a separate section where dogs can run free up and down the beach and swim in the gulf. Davis Island’s Dog Park in Tampa is fenced on three sides with the fourth side opening up to the water with views of the sailboats in the marina. There are also many fenced and unfenced dog parks in the Tampa Bay area as well including Clearwater’s Crest Lake Park, Tarpon Springs’ Anderson Park and Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg to name a few.

Just when you think you have heard everything dog related, a new real estate twist emerges. Bay Park Condominiums just off Old Coachman Road in Clearwater announces the opening of new “dog friendly” condominium project. They have gated, well-lit dog runs for large and small dogs in each building, landscaped with pet friendly plants and accessories. There is also a concierge service which includes pet sitting, walking and feeding. This is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill condominium either. This is a gated, luxury condo complex with 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units, complete with granite countertops, rich wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. Bay Park also has many amenities such as a heated resort style pool, tennis and volleyball courts, a gorgeous clubhouse, a 24 hour fitness center, and a putting green.

A day at the park is one thing but keeping your four legged friend in mind while shopping for a condominium is probably quite a good idea if you are a dog lover. After all, not everyone is. Why not indulge in something that will enhance your life as well as the life of your pooch, while sharing this common trait with your neighbors? All in all, this time the dogs and the owners both have gotten a special treat and Tampa Bay Real Estate has really gone to the dogs!

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