Longstreet is a small neighborhood consisting of mostly homes on the north side of Flagler Avenue, right by where the North Causeway comes across from the mainland. There are many advantages to living on this side of the Indian River starting with being close enough to the beach to walk to it every day.
At the same time, you are close to several excellent places to eat, lots of shops to buy souvenirs, and a major grocery store where you can shop to buy dog food.
Living here also puts you right on the east bank of the Indian River North which, when combined with the breezes coming in off the ocean, help to keep you a little cooler during the heat of the summer months where the temperatures can reach the high 90s on most days. When temperatures reach this point, you should be taking your dog out for their daily walks early in the morning before the area starts heating up.
Living at the beachside end of the causeway guarantees that you will be dealing with a fair amount of vehicular traffic and having a hotel at your doorstep isn't going to help make things any quieter. In fact, living here puts you in a fairly busy part of town.
Keep in mind that just because the main road is busy, this is not a good reason not to go out for walks. Instead, it acts as a reminder that you need to pay close attention to traffic, especially as sidewalks are, for the most part, non-existent in the area. Watch for traffic and try to get out in the early morning hours for your walks. As long as you stay away from the main road, you shouldn't have as much to deal with. There are plenty of residential streets to walk on that are much quieter and a lot safer to use.
Living on the beachside of New Smyrna Beach offers you and your dog access to miles of sand and surf less than a ten-minute walk to the east. The beach is a fabulous green space with soft sand for extreme exercise and hard-packed wet sand that is perfect for walking on while your dog plays in the water.
This is one of the few beaches in the area where you and your dog are welcome along with tourists and cars. Anytime you choose to go for walks here, your dog needs to be on a leash. You can bet that the tourists behind the wheel may not be as familiar with the area as you are, so exercise appropriate caution.
The best part of the beach is that you can walk your dog here all year round as even the winter months here tend to be quite warm!