Cottrill is a single-street neighborhood located close to the intersection of Mason Ave. and Ridgewood. The homes and the neighborhood itself are older and are showing their age, but for the most part, it is a clean area to live.
Daytona is a melting pot of international cuisines and dozens of places serving virtually any type of seafood dish you can imagine. Pet supply stores and dog-friendly parks are also going to be slightly outside of the neighborhood. However, there is always the beach which is only 15 minutes away on a slow day!
Speaking of the beach, did you know that you and Spot can hit the beach virtually every day of the year, even in January? During the winter, the daytime temperatures are in the upper 40s or warmer. You can even take your pooch to the beach on Christmas Day when temperatures are likely to be in the upper 50s or even the low 60s!
The terrain around Cottrill is typical of this area of Daytona. It is a blend of flat land, larger yards, and lots of pavement. Being connected directly to Ridgewood Ave. means the area stays pretty busy, so keep this in mind as you take your walks.
Your best bet is to take your short daily walks around the few blocks close by. You could walk alongside the FEC tracks in the grass, but if you do, be sure to stay far away from the tracks themselves, especially when there is a train going by. If you don't mind going over to North Street, it will take you to another residential area where you and Spot can extend your walking terrain which should help keep things a little more interesting for both of you.
In the summer months, be sure you take your walks early in the morning while the pavement is still cool enough for your pup to walk on safely.
Living on Cottrill puts you in an area where there is very little in the way of usable green space. The nearest park is Sunnyland Park over on Mason Ave., but all you will find here is a softball diamond and an area of grass to use for quick breaks.
For more green space than just enough for a lawn mower to cut in an hour, you and Spot need to hop in the car and head west on International Speedway Blvd. The journey will take you out to the Tiger Bay State Forest and Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. You and your pup will find over 30,000 acres of prime Florida forests and wetlands. There are miles of trails for you to explore wandering through the WMA.
Do keep in mind that this is an active wildlife preserve full of birds, black bears, and the ever-present alligators. Exercise caution around some of this larger wildlife!