If you are a pilot or love aircraft, then living in the Mangroves at Inlet Shores may be just ticket. The same applies to those who love to get out on the water. Why? Because this neighborhood of single-family homes sits at the end of the main runway at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport and is built on a spit of land jutting out into the Ponce de Leon Inlet. Many of the homes here have docks on the water, allowing them to head out into the inlet right from their backyard.
Living on the water can help keep your home cooler during those scorching hot summer days. The entire community sits just off US 1 which will take you straight into the heart of town where you can find plenty of restaurants, places to buy dog supplies, and just about anything you could possibly need. The New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Course is only five minutes away.
Even if you are only five minutes from town, you live in a very private area with little in the way of traffic to deal with. The community does have a small park, but it's not much more than a playground for the littles and a small patch of grass.
There are sidewalks for you to walk on while your dog can walk alongside you on the grass berms. Be kind and clean up after them. You might encounter others out walking their dogs, but this may not be very often. The ground itself is flat, but you are surrounded by the waters of the Indian River and its many tributaries.
To extend your walks, you can go into the neighboring community, but you will have to do without sidewalks as there aren't any here. But, at least, you can walk the loop with your pup for extra distance on your daily outings.
Within Mangroves at Inlet Shores, you won't find much in the way of useable green space. But when you live on the Indian River and your community sits on the southern boundary of the Spruce Creek Preserve, you have all the green space you need.
The preserve is huge, covering over 1,600 acres of waterways, swamps, and forests. There are plenty of trails to enjoy hiking along. In fact, you can hike all the way to Rose Bay and back. It's a great hike with plenty of shade and lots to see along the way.
If you and your pup like to spend time out on the water in a canoe, you have to check out the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve. There are miles of waterways to explore, tons of wildlife to see, and a pod of dolphins that have been living here for decades. You might even catch a glimpse of the odd Florida manatee from time to time!