Owning a pet, especially a dog, as a renter is more involved than just ensuring that your property manager is OK with it. You’ll need to make sure your pooch gets plenty of exercise, whether you play right in the apartment, go for long walks, or head to the park for a little dog-to-dog mingling. Madison is a city filled with recreational opportunities for people — but many of the city’s parks are rigidly dog-free. To get your pup a bit of outdoor play time, you’ll want to track down one of the city’s several dog parks. Here are some of the best pet friendly apartments in Madison, WI, near dog parks.
You’ll be living in luxury while your dog is living in pet heaven. These modern apartments — with features like a sprawling terrace with grills and a fire pit, gym, in-floor radiant heat, and lake views — are located right near Brittingham Bay, which has the city’s most central off-leash dog park. The complex is also near the Capital City Trail so you and your pup can go for long lakeside adventures. For the days at home, Seven27 also offers pet facilities on-site. Although many apartments have a one-dog limit, you can bring two into a two-bedroom apartment at the Seven27. For monthly pet rent, they charge just $50 per dog.
The floorplans range from studios to three-bedrooms, and each has a washer and dryer in-unit. On Madison’s near west side, Mckenzie Place is within a short walk of Demetral Field dog park on one side, and Burrows Park — which abuts Lake Mendota — on the other side. And since it’s hard to neatly smuggle a muddy pup back inside for a bath, Mckenzie has a dog wash station already waiting for you. Open floorplans allow tons of light to pass through, and some units also feature beautiful touches like fireplaces and built-in shelving. All units, however, come with access to the on-site gym.
On a quiet one-way street near the intersection of Williamson and Winnebago, Kennedy Place is right in the heart of Atwood, one of Madison’s most popular neighborhoods, and for good reason. Nestled near the shore of Lake Monona, Kennedy Place will put you and your dog right on the Capital City Trail, which spans for miles across the city and links up with other nearby paths, such as the Yahara River Bike Path that leads into beautiful Tenney Park. If you want to take your dog off-leash instead of on trails, the Demetral Park dog area is just a mile away. And for you, the complex has a variety of floorplans, as well as balconies, grills, a community lounge, and plenty of parking for your bike — and your kayak.
A bit farther from downtown — which will land you more square footage for your dollar, but will also yield a longer commute — Ridgewood Trails is on Madison’s east side. The property is also minutes from Sycamore Park, which has an off-leash dog park. Although it’s a slightly older building, it features fireplaces, skylights, tall ceilings, and a large wooded yard.