The split community of Clearlake Village straddles Clearlake Road with a large townhouse community on the east side of the road and a much larger neighborhood of single-family homes. As with most of the communities along this street, there are several businesses in the region, including restaurants, used car lots, and convenience stores. To the north is the Eastern-Florida State College-Cocoa Campus, which brings a lot of traffic to the community during the school year.
For those groceries you need in a hurry, there is a small local supermarket two blocks to the south, next to Clearlake Middle School. If you need more than this or prefer to shop in a larger store, all you have to do is head north on Clearlake Road. In less than five minutes on the average day, you can be at a Walmart Supercenter, a Publix Supermarket, or an ALDI Supermarket where you should be able to find everything your family needs, including food, treats, and toys for your pooch.
Both sides of Clearlake Village are working family neighborhoods without the benefit of sidewalks. Taking your dog for walks in these smaller communities presents particular challenges. Both halves of the "Village" tend to see a significant amount of congestion during the usual rush hours. Then, during the school year, you have school buses running through.
The best time to take your dog out for long walks is in the early morning before the area comes to life. Alternatively, you can wait until the evening, but the temperatures are much warmer at this time of day, during most months.
There are sidewalks running along both sides of Clearlake Road you can use to walk to the various restaurants and the 7-Eleven. Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed in most places, so you may have to take a walking buddy if you plan to pick up your lunch.
When it comes to green spaces for you and your dog to play on, both sides of Clearlake Village have access to areas of woods where you might find trails to hike along in the shade. The east side of the village behind Cambridge Elementary School is a largely undeveloped area with several lakes. The west side also has a large area of undeveloped woods and there is a paved walking path around the baseball fields belonging to the college.
Most dogs don't like being on a leash. They prefer the opportunity to run around free when they're able to! While your dog must be on a leash when walking along the streets and in all public parks, less than ten minutes to the south on Pluckebaum Road is Barks and Recreation. This fenced-in dog park sits on a large green space complete with a huge lake you can enjoy before heading into park itself for some serious off-leash fun.