If you are looking for pure working-class suburbia, Brandy Hills in Port Orange might just be the place. The homes here are modest, single-family ranch-style houses made to raise your family in. The streets within the community break it up into comfortable neighborhoods where most of the neighbors know each other and their kids all play together. As an older community, most of the streets have a sidewalk divided from the street by a narrow grass berm.
Brandy Hills is just north of the City Center Sports Complex and Sports Fields where you and your dog can go play as long as there aren't any games going on. There are a few restaurants and shops nearby, but you are only a few minutes' drive from Dunlawton Avenue, the main shopping district of Port Orange. Along with the typical big box and grocery stores, you will also find a couple of pet supply stores where you can buy everything you need for your canine companion!
Brandy Hills is a large family neighborhood, so you can expect to see a lot of traffic running around during the morning and evening rush hours. Along with this, there is bound to be a plethora of children at play throughout the day and school buses to contend with during the school year.
All of these present different challenges, but careful planning can help you time your walks to avoid the worst of the vehicular traffic. As for the kids outside playing, riding bikes, skateboarding, playing ball, and taking part in any number of fun games and activities, the trick is to keep your dog on a short leash that not only tells your pup that you are in control but also puts you in a better position to react should something startle your pooch. The best time of day to take your pooch out is early in the morning before the community springs to life.
Within the boundaries of Brandy Hills, there isn't much in the way of green spaces for you and your pup to play on. But to the immediate south is the City Center Sports Complex and Athletic Field. There is plenty of grass for the two of you to run around on, but only when there aren't games going on.
If you walk to the southern end of the sports fields, there is a walking trail that runs around the city center lake. During the summer months, you might see a show or two at the Kenneth W. Parker Amphitheater.
Port Orange has only one off-leash dog park fifteen minutes to the south on Spruce Creek Boulevard. This one-acre park is split into two fenced-in areas with plenty of room for big and small dogs to play safely. There are watering stations for the dogs, shade-covered benches to sit on, and a place to rinse your pup off when the fun is over.