Located along Hensel Road with I-95 a stone's throw away, Sweetwater Hills is an upscale neighborhood in which many of the houses have in-ground pools in their backyards. Sweetwater Hills is a family and dog-friendly neighborhood far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy a little peace and quiet. At the same time, it's close enough to Dunlawton Avenue, the central shopping area, for you to be there in five minutes.
Along Dunlawton Avenue, you will find Walmart, Publix, Home Depot, Lowe's, and a Pet Supermarket to name but a few of the many stores located along both sides of this main east-west road through town. You will also find most of the restaurants in town, making it easy to take the family out for a meal.
To the west of the community is a small strip of woods where you and your pup can go walking to Spruce Creek. In addition, the local dog park is only five minutes to the east.
While Sweetwater Hills might be an upscale residential neighborhood, those who live here still must go to work every day. This means dealing with rush hours every day of the week. It also means that during the school year, there will be morning and afternoon school buses to deal with. Luckily, you can soon learn to time walks with your dog to avoid these hours.
The neighborhood has plenty of sidewalks for the two of you to use for your daily walks and no up or downhill climbs to make it too difficult for any kind of pup you may have. Unfortunately, you won't find much in the way of shade to help keep both of you protected from the summer sun. Stick to areas that are cooler or keep your walks in the evenings or early mornings to avoid having to face the full fury of the Florida sun.
Beyond the woods to the west and the creek to the south, you and your dog have no choice but to hop in the car and go for a short ride to access nearby greenways. The nearest green space big enough for your dog to play is the Seemore Memorial Dog Park, a few blocks to the east on Central Park Boulevard. This park offers separate fenced-in areas for small and big dogs, along with one that's reserved for dogs special needs.
At the same time, your kids can play in the All Children's Park right next door. This is a vast park with a pirate-themed playground, a small splash pad, and athletic fields where you and your dog can play as long as you keep them on a leash. Between the two parks, every member of your family can come here for some fun in the sun and, when you get too hot, there is plenty of shade to hang out under.