Shady Oaks is a neighborhood in the southernmost part of New Smyrna Beach along S Ridgewood Avenue. Most of the homes here have large rural yards that are densely covered in shade trees. Having a home here puts you close to a few restaurants, but you are only a ten minute drive from the main part of town where you can find more places to eat and plenty of places to buy groceries and pet supplies.
Living here offers you a chance to live in a nice quiet neighborhood far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to it that you can reach anywhere in town with just a short commute. The community is on US-1 which used to the be the main highway running from the tip of Key West all the way up to Main, but you can use it to take your pup for rides to the beach if necessary.
While US-1 is a very busy highway that stays busy from early morning until late at night, Shady Oaks is set back far enough from it to keep the noise and traffic to a minimum. The only traffic you are likely to encounter out here is during rush hour as people head to work in the morning or back home at the end of the day. Beyond this, you can count on a small amount of local traffic while you and your pooch are out for a walk.
You may encounter a little pedestrian traffic, mostly in the form of kids playing or waiting for the school bus. You might also run across the odd neighbor out walking their dog just like you. Keep in mind the community is heavily wooded and you should be able to find several walking trails running through them to use for your walks.
The entire community is surrounded by woods the two of you can spend time wandering around in. The dense canopy offers both of you the opportunity to take your walks in the shade when the summer sun is at its hottest. You are also next door to the Turnbull Hammock Conservation Area, a nature preserve that covers more than 1,100 acres. Here, you and your dog should be able to find plenty of trails to hike on.
Getting to the beach from here means driving north into town where you can use one of the causeways. Once there, you can park your car on the sand and take your dog for a long walk to get a good workout. The coastal waters are typically warm and provide a great opportunity for a swim with your four-legged friend, provided they stay on a leash. The beach can get busy in the warmer months, so be prepared to run into plenty of tourists.