We took a Buyer out the other day to look at condos. He had up to $150,000 to spend and wanted a full amenity resort with a strong rental program in Bartlett or Jackson. Both River Run Condos and Nordic Village had properties that met his criteria, with successful onsite rental income systems. Plus, they have swimming pools indoors and out, tennis courts, basketball and walking trails, and much more. River Run is across the street from Attitash Ski Area, and Nordic Village is in between Attitash and Wildcat Mountain, with over 100 acres for recreating on site. In the end it came down to one small, furry, tail wagging, people-loving detail ... Nordic Village allows owners to bring their pets and River Run Condos do not, and that is all it took to make up this Buyer's mind.
When it comes to houses, dog amenities are important too. A pet door, a yard, a fenced-in dog run, proximity to walking trails, all these extras mean a lot to a buyer with a dog or two. Especially since the number of dog owners in this country has risen in the last decade from 54% to 63%.
As a long time dog owner myself, I understand that dogs are not just pets, they are part of the family. Our office in North Conway is home to agents whose families include a Boxer/Shar Pei, Hound Dog, Rottweiler, Black Lab, Belgian Tervuren, Husky, Dalmatian, and of course my loveable Golden Retriever mixed-breed rescue dog, Skye, adopted 12 years ago from the Conway Area Humane Society. We take our dogs hiking, they sit outside with us at Frontside Grind or The Met while we sip coffee and people-watch; they make new friends in Schouler Park and they visited Four Your Paws Only in North Conway for Puppy Playtime when they were young. When we have a particularly long day of showings and listing appointments we load them up in the car for a special treat - Doggie Day Care at Karla's Pet Rendezvous or an on off the leash, spin around in circles, excited-to-go hike with the K9 Mountaineering Club. On our free days we take them with us to the beach, for a hike in the woods, or climb up our abundant mountain terrain - Black Cap is my fave. Never a day goes by when I don't see dogs--many dogs--out and about with their owners in the Mount Washington Valley.
We live and work where we love to play. If you are thinking of moving to the Valley, or owning a vacation home that welcomes dogs, no worries. You and your dog will fit right in!