Millennials, often pegged for being less likely to own cars or bear children, are surpassing their generational counterparts in at least one category: pet ownership. According to a US survey by research firm GfK, 35.2 percent of millennials own pets, compared to 32.8 percent of baby boomers.

Brookfield Residential’s Paisley at Heritage Valley development in Southwest Edmonton has proved paw-pular among millennial fur parents thanks to its pet-friendly home features and nearby amenities that cater to four-legged friends. The master-planned community of duplexes, single-family homes and townhomes is nestled among lush parks and green spaces, set back from Ellerslie Road and Anthony Henday Drive.

The newly built, pooch-approved homes at Paisley are equipped with pet doors that will give your dog a sense of independence. Designed for pets up to 40 pounds, these double-flap systems are insulated for energy efficiency and can be easily closed off when not in use. An installed pet door helps to protect carpets from accidents and allows you to catch a few extra z’s in the morning before taking your pup for a stroll around the neighbourhood.

Pet spas are a common amenity in high-end condo developments, but now you can have a dog washing station integrated into the design of your new Paisley home. Located near the back of the house (or in the rear entry closet), the pet shower includes a 12-inch deep acrylic tub basin, 30-inch-high tile surround and a handheld sprayer that makes bathing your pooch hassle-free — no more muddy prints scattered across the kitchen floor or worrying that rock salt will irritate Fido’s paws.

Other optional features include a built-in pet food cabinet that keeps food and water dishes neatly tucked away. This storage solution features two stainless steel bowl inserts stationed underneath the countertop, plus a slide-out drawer for stashing your dog’s kibble, toys and treats.

The outdoors play an important role in your dog’s mental and physical health. Without it, pets may develop behavioural problems or gain weight. That’s why Brookfield Residential has introduced portable pet enclosures that can be installed in the backyard when you take possession of your new home. Measuring four feet wide and ten feet long, these enclosed spaces feature wire fencing and a pebbled base. A pet run allows your pooch to spend more time outdoors, while giving you peace of mind that your dog is safe and secure.

Paisley at Heritage Valley was designed so the streets are set away from fast-moving traffic and no bus routes intersect the community. The walkable neighbourhood boasts a hipster vibe, with varied architectural styles and public art installations. The community’s new Dog Park has been approved by the City of Edmonton, and offers a fenced-in area for off-leash dogs, a separate zone for smaller breeds and double-gated entrances and exits.

The surrounding neighbourhood of Southwest Edmonton is replete with transit stops, shopping centres, medical facilities, golf courses, and recreation centres. Many local businesses are dog-friendly and will allow you to shop with your pup, or enjoy a drink on the patio with your furry companion.

To see Paisley’s paw-some, pet-friendly features in person, visit the community’s seven showhomes at 1003 Paisley Drive Southwest. Buyers can choose the features they’d like to incorporate into their home at the time of build, giving it a custom feel at a reasonable extra cost.

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