Roundabout Brooklyn in New Muckleneuk Pretoria has been designed for pet owners who have always wanted a home that will provide more than bricks and mortar.
The new development, which has already sparked interest from pet lovers, is being built in three phases with phase one scheduled for completion in early 2020.
“Many people with pets living in apartments find it hard to have their animals fully integrated into the building because of confined spaces, or according to the rules of the complex, they are not permitted to keep pets,” says Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties Pretoria regional executive.
“For various reasons, pet-friendly apartments are very hard to find, including pets being either too big, noisy or not suited to apartment living. In addition, bodies corporate in any sectional title development have rules on how residents and their pets (if allowed) ought to conduct themselves to ensure there is harmony among residents.”
She says Roundabout Brooklyn is a development with pet-friendly apartments designed to create an environment where pets and owners can co-habit in a healthy and happy manner.
The apartments range in size from 59m² to 187m² and are priced from R1.9 million to R5.9m. There are one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as a bespoke luxury penthouse apartment.
Unlike ordinary apartments, which allow owners/tenants to keep pets, Roundabout Brooklyn goes beyond that, offering state-of-the-art facilities and services to ensure pets are as happy and healthy as they should be, says Schutte.
“However, homeowners without pets will also enjoy the luxury of the apartments, and will not be disturbed by measures put in place to manage the pets. Having service providers such as pet grooming specialist, Little Companions, and Paws-itive Paws-abilities, offering puppy socialisation, dog training and canine behaviour training, will ensure that owners, especially those owning pets for the first time, have a full understanding of what it takes to look after pets, and also get the right size and type of pets that will be suitable for apartment living.”
Susan Welgemoed, who runs Little Companions, offering these kinds of services is a growing trend globally, and South Africa is no different as pet owners want the best for their pets.
Welgemoed will offer grooming, and dog hotel services and Whitfield, a specialist in animal behaviour and training, will offer dog day care services, training and behaviour concerns that may arise from stresses for pets adapting to apartment living.
The day care centre will provide a variety of activities as well as all the necessary play and learning tools to help pets adapt to the new environment. Whitfield will also focus on physiotherapy for pets after surgery, trauma or injuries.
For first time owners, puppies can be trained through many puppy issues including house-training, chewing, barking and jumping, basic manners, social skills as well as grooming and nutrition.
Says Whitfield: “Having this kind of set-up is as important for pets as for humans, as pets also need to socialise, engage and feel loved in a secure environment.”
South Africa’s first state-of-the-art pet hotel opened in Bree Street, Cape Town in 2018. The 2 400m², AtFrits Cape Town Pet Hotel and Day Centre is believed to be the biggest dog hotel in the world, with the official record in the Guinness Book of Records still pending.
The hotel offers services including overnight stays, day care, dog park, salon and spa, dog training, wellness, pet store and other add-on services.
AtFrits, the brainchild of owner and pet lover, Yanic Klue, has been operating for the past three years and moved to its new location late last year.
Klue did a lot of research and visited some top pet hotels in the US, and saw a gap in the market for this type of offering in South Africa. She says many pet lovers living in apartment buildings that don’t allow pets would love to make use of a hotel service.
“Although some may have doubts about pet hotels, they really work and are a great way for pets to socialise which is an important aspect of their existence,” she says. “Having internationally designed pet-friendly apartments such as Roundabout Brooklyn ensures people can own and live in harmony with their pets and other residents.”
Klue says that for anyone with a pet and lives in a confined apartment space, it is important to ensure pets have their favourite blanket or toy, for example. Owners can install a pet camera enabling them to check in on their pet via webcam, and they can even go as far as installing a treat dispensing machine, which go a long way towards making pets comfortable in a small space.