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'Million Dollar Dog House' to be featured in Wake's Parade of Homes

Posted September 30, 2013

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— Nearly 200 houses will be open to the public this weekend for the annual Wake County Parade of Homes, including one known as the "Million Dollar Dog House."

“Everybody’s got a pet they love,” said Mark Davis, owner of J.M. Custom Homes Inc. in Raleigh, who designed the house.

The three-story, four-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 200 Narrow Water Lane in Raleigh is on the market for $1,385,900 and features several dog-friendly details, including a dog shower.

“Even if you didn’t have a dog, you could hose your kids off in it,” Davis said. "We elevated it so you don't have to bend over."

There's also a special nook for a dog bed and acid-stained concrete floors instead of carpet or hardwood in the basement.

“It's great for pets. If they had a little accident, it could go away real quick,” Davis said.

The Wake County Parade of Homes tour offers inspiration to home owners who want to fix up or renovate their current space. Homes on the tour range from the low $100,000s to $2 million. Davis’ dog-inspired house is one of 11 homes on the tour valued at $1 million or more.

Mark Davis, owner of J.M. Custom Homes Inc. in Raleigh 'Million Dollar Dog House' to be featured in Parade of Homes

“During the Parade of Homes, that’s what people are looking for. They are coming to get ideas, even if you can’t afford a million-dollar house. They are coming to get an idea or two ideas to take back to their house and remodel,” Davis said.

WRAL is a sponsor for the Million Dollar Dog House project. People who visit the home will be invited to make a donation to the SPCA of Wake County. The Parade of Homes is free to the public and runs the first three weekends of October from noon to 5 p.m.

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  • HomeBrewDude Oct 2, 2013

    You have to put the price in perspective. $1.3M is pretty near the average in Northern California for a 2000 Sq foot home built in the 1960's

  • wideNCawake Oct 2, 2013

    nice house but typical ugly

  • crustyhalo Oct 1, 2013

    Great concept and face it, we make purchases everyday for our convenience and pleasure, if we could afford a house with such amenities for our "pet family" we would.

  • town guy Oct 1, 2013

    a shameless display of conspicuous consumption

  • Inside The Beltline Sep 30, 2013

    " I don't see a fence on the picture above." -mfarmer

    You are telling us you spent $400 on just doggy doors and you don't see a fence? Really? Really? You think you would need to see a fence? Most people don't need to spend half that to not see a fence. You can even buy a "no see" fence at a big box store.

    Lovely home, lovely features. Thank you for sharing WRAL!

  • mfarmer1 Sep 30, 2013

    I have two doggy doors, for my 5 dogs, it cost me $400. the dogs can come and go to the fenced in yard. I don't see a fence on the picture above.

  • lec02572 Sep 30, 2013

    My house has a dog shower. Its in the sink, regular shower, or bathtub (not their choice). Its which ever my wife decides to use.

  • Womble_Fred Sep 30, 2013

    “It's great for pets. If they had a little accident, it could go away real quick,” Davis said. Go away real quick? That doesn't seem great for pets at all, lol!

  • whatever02 Sep 30, 2013

    We can't afford a million dollar plus house but great idea! Both of the houses we've bought over the past 8 years were bought with our dogs in mind. And all of our cars and our boat (tall railings and no access to prop) were bought with our dogs in mind. may sound crazy to some but it works for us

  • Bartmeister Sep 30, 2013

    I like the ideas..............