You can't get much further to the west than Royal Trails while still being considered a resident of Deland. The only thing separating you from being a resident of Paisley is Lake Tracy. However, if you are looking for a place to raise your family, you couldn't ask for anywhere better. Out here, homes sit on acreage rather than tiny urban yards and everywhere that doesn't already have a house on it is still heavily wooded.
There are a few small stores in Pine Lakes to the southeast on SR-44. If you want larger shops like a Walmart or a Winn Dixie, then it's a twenty-five-minute drive into downtown Deland. While you are in town, there are plenty of local stores worth checking out, keeping your dollars in the local economy. The town is also home to Stetson University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the country that was founded in 1883.
There is a song that goes "I'm a little bit country" which is a perfect description for living out here. Not only do most of the houses have large yards, but there are large areas where there are very few homes. Walking your dog is never much of a problem, despite the lack of city amenities like sidewalks. There just isn't enough traffic for you to have to worry much about. However, this being said, you should still keep your eyes open for cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
While there might not be any sidewalks in the area for you to use, what you will find is wide grass berms along most of the roads. Your dog is sure to appreciate not having to walk on the hot pavement during the summer months. You may even still be able to find areas on your walks that have yet to be developed, allowing you and your dog to enjoy long uninterrupted strolls.
This far west, virtually everywhere around you is a green space. This includes the large yards most of the homes sit on, the undeveloped areas between them, and the forest all around Lake Tracy. There are so many trails running through these areas that you and your dog can probably find one for each day of the month! Some will lead you to the lake while others will take you around it to Paisley. The rest end up taking you out into the woods and back.It's up to you and your dog how far you hike each time you go out and no one says you have to walk the same trail or distance at any given time. Most of the trails take you into the woods where the shade not only helps to keep the sun at bay but also keep things a little bit cooler. If you are planning a long hike, be sure you take plenty of fresh water.