The Bryan is a tiny pocket neighborhood of single-family homes close to the Chisholm Elementary School. While the area is far enough from the freeway to avoid dealing with the noise and heavy traffic, it's still close enough to be able to access the various amenities you need on a regular basis. These might include grocery stores, pet supply stores, bars, gas stations, and other services.
Living here also puts you close to a great selection of green spaces including parks, nature and aquatic preserves, and, of course, the beach. The Bryan is centrally located, yet rather than giving you the feeling of living in an urban setting, you feel more like you live out in suburbia.
One thing that many find odd about living here is that, despite the fact many people live very close or within the several golf courses in town, they are not open for walking dogs due to the course regulations.
Despite being a relatively quiet neighborhood, there are four times of the day when you can count on there being traffic on the roads around your home. The first two are the morning and evening rush hours as people head off to work or back home at the end of the day. The other two are when the many school buses that feed the elementary school on a daily basis head out during the school year.
During the early morning walk to school and afternoon walk home, you can expect the sidewalks and streets around you to be teeming with kids. This may not be the best times of day to take your dog for a walk, but if you must, be sure you use a short leash. The nice thing is that the streets are lined with plenty of shade trees to help both of you stay a little cooler during your walks under the scorching summer sun.
The closest park to your home is Pettis Park at the corner of Mary Avenue and Milford Place. This is a small neighborhood park, but it does have basketball and tennis courts as well as a large area of grass the two of you can play on. However, a little way to the north lies the 1,637 acres that comprise the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This nature preserve provides a home to hundreds of animals. It is also home to miles of nature trails you and your dog can hike along all the way to Rose Bay and back.
If sand is more to your tastes, it will take you less than ten minutes to cross the South Causeway to get to the beach. The sands make a great place to walk and the water provides opportunities for both of you to go for a nice cool swim after your walk.