When Size Doesn’t Matter

New apartment complex takes pet-friendly to a whole new level.

By Todd Pernsteiner

Being a dog at one local living community is nothing to bark at. In fact, no matter how large or small the breed, four-legged roommates are very much welcomed.

Open since March 2013, 36 Park Apartments in St. Louis Park has welcomed many dogs of all shapes and sizes to their community. While a majority of apartment buildings turn away pet owners with large breed dogs weighing more than 20 pounds, 36 Park rolls out the welcome mat. Actually, residents are allowed up to two dogs or cats in their unit.

Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

“We wanted to set ourselves apart as a welcoming community,” said Rachael Hoeschen, 36 Park property manager. “We accept dogs of all sizes.”

To add to their pet-friendly mission, 36 Park provides a dog spa where residents can give their pooch baths as needed. The facility even supplies the shampoo. And for those who don’t want to wash or groom their own pups, a full-service pet spa is a couple of blocks away at Excelsior & Grand. Also nearby is Bone Marché pet store which is attached to nearby Byerly’s grocery store.

Pet lovers will appreciate the playful nature that 36 Park has created for their residents. When residents get out of the pet-specific elevator they are greeted by a stamped paw print path that leads them outside to the pet potty area and trash station. The pet exit is also a quick way to get onto a sidewalk that leads to nearby parks, trails and pet-friendly stores.

Resident Kari Gray and her furry roommate Grizzly, and her foster dog, Mckenzie, love to walk to Wolfe Park, just two blocks away from the complex. The large city park boasts a variety of trails, grassy areas and water features.

“Being pet-friendly is the main reason we choose 36 Park,” said Gray. “We did a lot of research and found that they were one of the only places in the Twin Cities that allowed larger dogs.”

Kari Gray and Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Kari Gray and Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

The community accepts a majority of canine companions, minus aggressive breeds such as Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Akitas and a small handful of others. The community has a simple chart of breeds that are discouraged on the property.  “We understand the strong bonds people have with their pets. To many, their pets are part of their families and we embrace that,” added Hoeschen.

My summary: 36 Park is so pet-friendly, they should’ve named the building “36 Bark”.  It definitely wins best of show in my book.

36 Park Apartments is a new residential community located in St. Louis Park, just outside Minneapolis. The building boasts a wi-fi café, lawn bowling, a roof deck featuring a fire pit and entertaining room overlooking the Minneapolis skyline, and spacious apartments. The apartment building is close to dining, shopping and entertainment venues. More details can be found at www.36park.com.

Stylish decor at 36 Park (36 Bark) Apartments. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Stylish decor at 36 Park (36 Bark) Apartments. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

 

Kari Gray and Grizzly on the roof top deck. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Kari Gray and Grizzly on the roof top deck. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Bath Time with Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

Bath Time with Mckenzie. Photo by Todd Pernsteiner

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