Pet amenities and apartments: Q&A with FirstService Residential’s David Diestel
Dania Beach, Fla. (August 21, 2023) — Pet amenities and apartments: Q&A with FirstService Residential’s David Diestel
At one time, apartment complexes weren’t always pet-friendly locales. But as more renters delay marriage and children, cats, dogs and other small animals are increasingly becoming family. This, in turn, has meant that apartment owners and landlords are moving toward not just accepting pets but providing amenities to help lure pet parents.
Connect CRE recently posed questions to David Diestel, FirstService Residential CEO, about the growing acceptance of and demand for pet amenities and services, and what continues to drive the trend.
Connect CRE: Are you seeing more demand from renters and residents for pet-friendly properties?
David Diestel: We have seen more demand, creativity and investments in amenities and experiences for pets and their owners within residential communities. I often say, “Pets are part of the family,” – and that goes in my household too! That trend has been increasing over several years, but I do think even more so since 2020 through COVID. People take their pets into account when choosing where they live.
We work with diverse communities – from luxury high-rises and multifamily rental properties to single-family HOAs and large-scale, master-planned communities with extensive amenities. Across all these property types, people are looking for solutions to accommodate pets and enhance life for their owners.
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