Buy vs Rent?  For young couples, that has long been a decision motivated largely by the desire to grow a family. But millennials are bucking the trend. In a recent nationwide study, buyers aged 18 to 36  cite their dog's need for more space as the top reason for buying a home. In fact, dogs ranked higher for the reasons to buy than having children or getting married.

A third of the buyers polled said their #1 reason for buying a home was to have more space for their dogs. Maybe this is surprising for a national poll, like the sample surveyed for the SunTrust Mortgage study. But in Tahoe, dogs have long ruled the home front (and the roads, and the beach, and the list goes on).  

Many Tahoe hotels welcome dogs, and some gourmet restaurants like PlumpJack in Squaw Valley offer indoor doggy dining in specially designated areas. 

(My dog, pictured here, ordered the steak tartare)

With the exception of properties backing to busy roads, most every area of Tahoe is dog-friendly. And here are a couple of areas worth exploring:

Donner Lake, with a dedicated dog beach at the east end, and miles of trails winding through the state park, is a great spot for dog owners.

Kings Beach and many of the quiet neighborhoods of North Shore are areas where it's not uncommon to see dogs off leash or just "hanging out" in front of their homes.

Sugarbowl and all of Donner Summit is a dog's paradise with endless hiking trails, high alpine lakes in summer and outstanding backcountry skiing in winter.

There are so many excellent spots for dogs in Tahoe that it's impossible to list them all in a short space. If you and your pooch are looking for a home here, please feel free to contact me or visit my website to browse homes by price & neighborhood. I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends soon!

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