For some downtown L.A. dogs, the living is easy

Downtown has gone to the dogs.

Apartments and condos in the heart of Los Angeles are boasting amenities for pets that would make most humans drool: free treats, spas, concierge services and dog-friendly on-site parks and rooftop decks.

"[Apartment dwellers] were getting the workout facilities, the pool, every amenity they could want. But then they started saying, 'Oh, I have a dog,'" said Jim Jacobson, senior vice president of sales for Douglas Elliman Real Estate's development marketing.

Currently under construction, the company's sprawling Metropolis development in downtown Los Angeles will boast its own dog park with bathing and grooming facilities.

"The dog park is not just a grassy area, either," said Jacobson. "We'll have tunnels the dogs can jump on and walk around."

Such pet-friendly offerings are especially important in dense downtown, where green spaces are few and far between.

But they're also cropping up throughout the city.

At the Camden in Hollywood, a "dog den" features a dog wash with a drying station and an off-leash gated space on the rooftop for canines and their owners to socialize; water bowls and treats are available throughout the property.

"Dog-friendly amenities have become among the most requested [feature] nationwide," said Benjamin Brosseau, vice president of developer Camden Property Trust. "And developers are getting smarter about giving tenants what they want."

Here are some downtown properties that extend the welcome mat to man's best friend:


Studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units (in development)

Condos starting at $616,000

Dog park, grooming and washing stations

The Emerson

Studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units

Rents starting at $2,495 a month

Dog run, 24-hour pet spa with concierge service option


Fully furnished and equipped one- to three-bedroom units (also available for short stay)

Rents starting at $4,700 a month

Concierge to walk residents dogs; complimentary Treat Bar in the lobby; a new luxury dog bed and bowl as welcome gift to new tenants. A dog run is under construction.

Eighth & Grand

One- to three-bedroom units

Rents starting at $2,210 a month

Pet washing stations and grooming area

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A version of this article appeared in print on April 02, 2016, in the News section of the Los Angeles Times with the headline "Downtown living is a doggy treat - More apartments and condos are catering to all members of the household." — Today's paperToday's paper | Subscribe
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