One of the best things we can do for our dogs, and more importantly, our own sanity, is find a dog friendly place to live. Living in a neighborhood where there is a dog park for your dog to socialize, a nearby tree for those late night bathroom breaks and a dogs allowed mentality, are all important considerations when searching for a dog friendly home in Boston.
When I am not writing articles for Fido Loves, I am searching for dog friendly apartments and homes for clients moving to Boston. During the past six months I started taking notes as I looked at the various Boston neighborhoods and how they rate as a dog friendly neighborhood. I had sought out to answer the question; “Which neighborhoods in Boston are the most dog friendly?”. Recognizing the primary needs of a Boston dog owner, here is a quick overview of Boston’s most dog friendly neighborhoods.
As you read through our list of the most dog friendly neighborhoods in Boston, you will begin to recognize the list is less about neighborhoods as a whole, but specific areas, generally around parks and other green space. Quite simply, dogs need to go outside and exercise, so do we. Walking a dog along a treeless freeway does not add to your life or the dog’s. Fortunately, Boston is a great walking city, for you and your dog.
With accessible green space and other very important factors in mind, which I pushed to a second page of this article, please enjoy these quick takes on the Boston neighborhoods which we found the most dog friendly.
The Fido Loves Favorite Dog Friendly Neighborhoods in Boston
Around the Boston Parks – Back Bay/Beacon Hill/Midtown Boston: Certain parts of the Back Bay (technically the area is huge) are perfect for living in Boston with your dog. The Back Bay gives you access to the Boston Public Garden, the Commonwealth Mall and beautiful tree lined streets. Both you and your dog could easily enjoy walks together as the architecture in the Back Bay is beautiful. The Back Bay is in the heart of Boston and hosts a wonderful community of dog owners.
The Charlestown Navy Yard – A 30 Acre Dog Park: The Navy Yard could easily be described as a 30 acre dog park. This waterfront community is only one mile from downtown Boston. While First Avenue is relatively quiet; park the car and walk over to the Boston Harborwalk. This is where you will see other people and yes dogs, plenty of them, walking, running, and socializing. The Navy Yard is one of my favorite places to walk my dog in Boston. Enough so, we currently live in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
South End – shopping and dining (dogs too): In addition to the 13 parks in the South End, a neighborhood known for great restaurants, shopping and tree lined streets of bow front homes. You will find more dog boutiques, and dog walkers than any other part of Boston. You will also find a great dog bakery and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. During the summer most of the restaurants have outdoor patios where dogs are welcome to join you while you eat. At Peter’s Park you will find the Joe Wex Dog Park, a well designed fenced in off-leash dog park right in the middle of the South End.
South Boston – parks and winter beaches: The Castle Island Recreation Area borders South Boston; Castle Island, Pleasure Bay, the L&M Street Beaches, Carson Beach and the Boston Harborwalk which connects them all together makes “Southie” a great place to live in Boston with your dog. You will also find the South Boston Bark Park. During the summer dogs are not allowed on the beach but there are plenty of other parks where you and your dog are welcome. South Boston also has a good selection of Dog Washes and dog walkers to keep your Boston dog fit and clean.
The Waterfront – North End/Financial District/Fort Point Channel: If you work in downtown Boston and own a dog, this is an area you will want to consider. The main reasons are; you will be able to walk home to let the dog out, the Boston Harborwalk, The Greenway and the Christopher Columbus Park are all great places to take your dog within minutes of Boston’s Financial District.
The Emerald Necklace – Jamaica Plain: When you talk to dog owners living in this area, Jamaica Plain really stands out as a dog friendly neighborhood for Boston dog owners. One of the highlights of the Emerald Necklace, the Arnold Arboretum, is a fantastic place to take your dog for a walk or run. Other areas of Boston’s Emerald Necklace are equally exiting for dogs. You will also find an off-leash dog park at the Angell Animal Medical Center where all Boston dogs are welcome. Even our favorite dog treat bakery, Polka Dog, has opened a store in Jamaica Plain.
Defining Dog Friendly Living in Boston
Live close to your work: Dogs just want your attention and time with you. The closer you live to your work the more time you and your dog will have to play in the park. Besides, commuting sucks. Fortunately, Boston has plenty dog friendly apartments, neighborhoods and for those who work out of town, the reverse commute is a breeze compared to all those sitting in traffic during the typical rush hour.
A Close Tree For your Dog To Pee: Unless you happen to find a place with a yard or garden patio, you will appreciate a spot of grass or tree near your front door for those late night visits to your dog’s bathroom. What s even better is an outside garbage can to leave you bag of poop. Not all streets in Boston have a place for your dog to go to the bathroom or garbage cans to dispose of poop bags. Flushable poop bags can be tough to find..
The last thing you want to do is leave your dogs poop behind. Whenever I have been in discussions with landlords about considering taking dogs as tenants, their main concern is always poop on the street. If you want to turn a dog friendly apartment into a no dogs allowed; leave your Boston dog’s poop behind. I am just saying….
A Nearby Dog Park or Off-leash Area: In Boston there are some very pet friendly apartment buildings which have an area set aside for exercising your dog. Other apartments or homes are located near an established Boston dog park or Bark Park. We currently live with an off-leash area right around the corner. For us, it is very easy for our English pointer to get the exercise he needs to be very happy. Good dog parks and streets to walk your dog can make or break a neighborhood as the best of Boston dog friendly.
Good Pet Related Businesses: In Boston there are some fantastic dog walkers, dog boutiques, dog day care and dog washes or groomers. When you live in Boston it certainly helps when you can just walk up the street to get what you need for your dog. Or in the case of a dog walker, it is always nice to have more than just one choice of someone to care for your dog when you can’t be there.
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