Pet-friendly new-build homes across London that you can buy or rent

New build homes across London where you can bring your pet to live with you
Your furry friends are welcome to move in (Picture: D Pepe)

About 17 million UK households now own a pet, and many of us would have found lockdown even tougher without the comfort and companionship of our faithful hound or precious moggie by our side.

But if you are searching for a new home, don’t automatically assume that your pet will be allowed to live there with you, as leases sometimes contain covenants that prohibit keeping animals.

Happily, many sales and rental developments throughout London are throwing open their doors to four-legged as well as human residents – here’s where to look.

Socialize your pet. This is especially important for puppies. Again – behavior problems are the number one reason dogs don’t stay with their families and don’t get adopted by new families. Lack of proper socialization can result in inappropriate fears, aggressive behavior, general timidity, and a host of other behavior problems that are difficult to extinguish once a dog is mature.

Trinity Walk, Woolwich SE18

From £355,000

Dogs and residents at Trinity Walk
Dog owners at Trinity Walk have bonded (Picture: D Pepe / Digital Nation Photography)
Lovell’s scheme of one, two and three-bedroom apartments ought really to be called Trinity Walkies, due to the number of pet owners who have forged firm friendships through exercising their dogs in the landscaped grounds and local parks. Among them are post-production manager Ron Ibarra, 32, and his husband Lento Tang, 31, a research analyst, who have an adorable seven-month-old pup, a Japanese Shiba Inu called Loba.

Sprinkle parsley on your dog's food for fresher breath.

‘Before we got Loba we didn’t know anyone here but now I know a lot of my neighbours, and am part of a group of dog owners and meet some every day,’ says Ron.

‘We go out for walks and a coffee around the area, which has been great and it really does feel like a community. It’s not something I would have done without Loba. There are a lot of green spaces nearby and the landscaping is nice, and we have quite a few options for walks.

‘We chose this development as it was quiet, had lots of space and was affordable. But it’s so convenient, too, as shops, restaurants and the station are also close by.’

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Your dog can help get you a date! One study showed that a man’s chances of getting a girl’s phone number went from 10% to 33%, just by having a dog with them. In the study, a staggering 66% of men and women would not date someone who didn’t like pets.

Check it out at Trinity Walk

Centenary House, Highams Park E4

Two-bedroom flats from £420,000

Nearby Epping Forest is ideal for long walks
Pets are allowed if agreed in advance at the first development by Sixty Bricks, the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s wholly owned housing development company. Highams Park Lane is under a mile away, and Epping Forest’s a quick drive. Check it out via Red Loft

L&Q at Deptford Landings, SE8

From £123,705 for a 25% share of £495,000

L&Q at Deptford Landings, SE8
Choose from walks in the park, round the gardens or along the Thames

Available through shared ownership, these two and three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom duplexes all have a balcony or terrace.

Get Your Dog Microchipped For a Permanent Identifier. A scan of your dogs microchip will give all of your personal information to help with a speedy reunion, just remember to update your information with the microchip company if you move. (microchips are also one of the ways a court can make a decision regarding ownership of a dog, if it ever came to that)

They’re built around communal gardens, are next to Deptford Park and a five-minute walk from the Thames.

Check it out via L&Q

New Mill Quarter, Wallington SM6

From £335,995

The large grounds are dog friendly (Picture: Image Creative Partnership Ltd)
This joint venture from Barratt and David Wilson Homes is opposite Hackbridge station and a short walk from Beddington Park. One and two-bedroom apartments and a single three-bedroom house are currently for sale and there’s a Help to Buy event this weekend. Check it out via Barratt

No8 Harbord Square, Canary Wharf E14

Make Your Dog Their Own Digging Box. If your dog loves to dig keep you can keep your garden safe by teaching them to use their very own digging box.

From £745,000

No 8 Harbord Sq
Your pet can roam around your open plan home (Picture: Lee Mawdsley)

These loft-style apartments are completely open plan apart from the bathrooms, giving buyers the flexibility to design their own layouts and even give pets a zone of their own.

The front door opens onto one of the area’s largest green spaces.

Check it out via Residential Canary Wharf

Royal Albert Wharf, Royal Docks E16

From £81,250 for a 25% share

Centenary House, Highams Park E4
Plenty of room for a pet
Your furry friend will have everything they need right on the doorstep at Royal Albert Wharf by Notting Hill Genesis. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are next to waterside walkways and plenty of parks nearby.

It’s not a fever…A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. How much do you know about dog health? Take our Doggy First Aid Quiz!

They come out to an open-plan layout perfect for relaxation and play. Private sale also available from £367,500 with Help to Buy available on selected plots.

Check it out via Notting Hill Genesis

Fizzy East16, Canning Town, E16

From £1,430 pcm

Fizzy Eat16 is pet heaven (Picture: George Whale)
The latest addition to Fizzy Living’s private rental portfolio consists of 292 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, each with a private balcony.

There’s a dog washroom, a pet station equipped with treats, toys and paw wipes, and pet owners have the option to receive a pet-friendly furniture pack.

Create Your Own Doggie First Aid Kit. You never know when an accident might happen so it’s recommended to have a first aid kit on hand just in case. Here’s a great list of basic items a pet first aid kit should have.

Check it out via Fizzy Living

Quintain Living, Wembley Park HA9

From £1,700 pcm

Quintain Living - Canada Gardens Penthouse 2302 Chris Winter / Quintain Living
There’s even an on-site pet daycare (Picture: Chris Winter / Quintain Living)
15% of leased homes in this new rental community have pets, which are catered for with dog runs, bark parks, walking and daycare services. The latest phase, Canada Gardens, is a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom homes. Check it out via Quintain Living

Apo, Barking IG11

From £1,200 pcm

Apo, Barking IG11
Dogs love Barking
Scroll through this rental development’s Insta feed and you will find plenty of contented pets, as it offers accessible outside space for them to enjoy, with walking routes, parks and riverside pathways nearby in aptly named Barking. Studio, one and two-bedroom homes are available.

Be Diligent about Vet Visits. “Don’t wait for the signs,” Dr. Becker stresses. Focus on “prevention first.” Pets age fast, and when it comes to illness they are programmed to mask weakness, “they’re naturally secretive.” One to two visits a year is ideal, but if you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate, and don’t self-diagnose. “In the last two years I’ve seen four or five cases where people went to the internet for help, and by the time they get to the vet it’s too late,” says Dr. Becker.

Check it out via Knight Frank

Rehearsal Rooms, Acton W3

From £1,500 pcm + £30 per pet

Rehearsal Rooms, Acton W3
It’s not far to go for walkies
Named after the BBC’s former rehearsal rooms nearby, this build-to-rent development comprises one and two-bedroom homes and is moments from North Acton’s London Underground station and new public square, so you won’t have to venture far to give your dog a run around.

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