So Saxon, is a small cluster of homes squeezed in between the Ocean Village Shopping Center and the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. Being tucked in behind a shopping center and strip mall offers your home some protection when the winds are coming off the ocean, especially during the winter months.
Thanks to the shopping center, you have access to a couple of restaurants and somewhere close to pick up the basics. For a supermarket, there is a Publix just up the beach where S Atlantic and E 3rd Avenues come together. You will also find more restaurants and stores here to check out.
Take your walks during the daylight hours for your safety and that of your dog. Areas like these tend to attract trouble. This being said, the crime rate in New Smyrna Beach is quite low, but planning for trouble and making the necessary adjustments can virtually eliminate the risk.
Within So Saxon, the traffic levels are steady without being excessive, but you still need to pay attention to traffic as there are a lot of tourists who tend to get lost. Saxon Drive runs alongside the lagoon and makes a moderately quiet street to take your dog walking on.
You can expect a lot of pedestrian traffic in the neighborhood as there is an elementary school right next door, a shopping center with restaurants, and a liquor store to the east of you. On top of all that, you are only a short walk from the beach, all of which adds up to a lot of foot traffic and something you need to plan for. Times like rush hours and when school is starting or ending will be the busiest times, so try to plan your walks for early in the morning before it gets too busy.
So Saxon is trapped between two very large greenways. Immediately to the west of you is the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon System. This vast area of waterways, swamps, and dry hammocks is best explored by boat. You can pay for a ride on a tour boat or take a guided canoe tour. Alternatively, you can grab your GPS and explore them by yourself.
Two blocks to the east is the beach. What can you say about living somewhere where you can take long walks on the beach with your dog in tow? You don't say anything. You simply make the best use of it you can! Try walking in the soft sand first to get in a good workout. Then hop over to the water's edge where you and your dog can walk back playing in the water or going for a swim in the ocean.