The area around Route 17 and Plumosa Avenue is a mix of commercial and residential. Lake Ellen is on the north side. The majority of the residences here are single-family houses with urban yards. Some are lucky enough to live with Lake Ellen or Lake Griffin in their backyards. US 17-92 is the major highway running through town and a bustling roadway at the best of times. During regular business hours, the traffic can be extremely hectic, generating a lot of noise.
Living in this busy neighborhood puts you close to plenty of shopping amenities including a Publix Supermarket, a Home Depot, and even a PetSmart. There is a Veterinary Emergency Clinic just around the corner on Concord Drive and pet groomers nearby to keep your pup looking fresh. From food for your family to grub for your dog, you can find it all within a five-minute drive of your home.
While this is a residential area, it is also next to a bustling highway. You can expect heavy morning and evening traffic as people head to and from work. During the school year, the buses only add to the congestion. While there are sidewalks for you and your dog to use for your walks, the traffic noise can still prove to be too much for your pup to handle. You should try to take your walks during the quieter parts of the day as it will prove to be less stressful.
The other issue you will have to deal with is the number of pedestrians who can be found roaming in the area. This can be especially trying for a pup who is undersocialized, as the flat terrain of the area makes it an easily walkable neighborhood. You may need to keep a short leash on hand or take another, less busy route to keep your pooch comfortable.
One of the great things about living on or near Plumosa Avenue is that this street is also home to the Pawmosa Dog Park, one of several in town. The park offers two fenced in sections. One is for larger breeds over 25 pounds and the other is for those under 25 pounds and puppies. The sections each have a water fountain for the dogs to use and plenty of seating for you to enjoy in the shade while your dog goes off and plays with the others. Not only is this good exercise for your dog, but it will help to improve their socialization skills!
If you are looking for somewhere to take your dog hiking, the Wekiva River Buffer Conservation Area is only a 20-minute drive to the west. Here, you and your pooch can hike for miles on the many nature trails running through the park. You can ride bikes on the trail or simply relax in the shade while waiting for the next fish to bite!