Houghton is very small neighborhood of single-family homes just off of the beach. The homes in and around the neighborhood are relatively new. Living this close to the beach is a foodie's dream as there is a virtual smorgasbord of restaurants all along A1A for you to tempt your tummy with. There are a few small parks for you to check along A1A, but they are small and only offer enough room for a little bit of play. Pet supply stores are located over on the mainland, but it's only a short drive and you can always include the trip with your next grocery run.
Living on the beachside is the best place to be if you love the sun, sand, and surf. You can bet your pup will enjoy running up and down the beach in the early morning hours before the temperatures get too hot. Plus, the cool breezes coming in off the ocean help keep things comfortable.
The terrain around Houghton is much like the rest of beachside: flat and mostly sand. Like many areas of Daytona, topsoil has been hauled in and sod planted over the top of it to create beautiful yards. As for walking, there are sidewalks along most of the streets in the area you can use to go from block to block that will take you for miles in either direction.
Once your pup gets used to the terrain, they will love going out for long
walks as long as you don't wait until the middle of a summer day. Speaking of
summer days, the temperatures here spend weeks in the high 90s and low 100s. When
it's this hot outside, your dog may cook inside of their fur coat! On top of
this, the pavement at these temperatures can be hot enough to cause burns and discomfort, so keep that in mind when heading out on your daily walks.
One of the hard parts of living over on the beachside is the distinct lack of any sizeable green spaces in most areas. There are, of course, a few small parks up and down the beach, but if you want plenty of room to really get out there and stretch your legs, you don't have far to drive.
Tomoka State Park covers over 2,000 acres along the Tomoka River just to the north of Ormond Beach. The park is built on the site of Nocoroco, an ancient Timucuan Indian village, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It's a great place to take your pup and the rest of the family out for picnics, an overnight camping trip, fishing, boating, canoeing, and going for long hikes. If you plan on summer hikes here, you need to make sure you bring plenty of bug repellent with you.