Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
“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.