The community of North Village lies to the west of I-95 and north of SR 44, providing a home to the Venetian Bay Golf Course.
Beyond the course itself, there isn't very much out here besides large farm fields and generous sections of woods, giving the area an almost rural atmosphere. Anything you might need requires driving back on the other side of I-95 and into town. But, while this might seem like an ordeal, the drive should only take you ten to fifteen minutes, depending on where you are headed.
Each of the housing communities within North Village has been carefully planned to ensure maximum usage of the space, yet there are also plenty of green spaces in between the sections of housing, making this a very pleasant place to live as well as helping to add a little bit of natural beauty to the neighborhoods.
The terrain here consists of slightly rolling hills which is one of the reasons for building a golf course and community out here. While not a gated community, the traffic is relatively slow except during rush hours. It is considered to be a very safe place, not only to raise your family, but also to take your dog for daily walks.
While you can't take your pooch for a walk on the golf course or the farmer's fields, there are several areas of woods nearby where you and your pup might find trails you can use to walk in the shade on the many scorching hot summer days you will enjoy living here. For those of you who prefer the pavement, there are plenty of sidewalks running throughout the entire North Village area, so you won't have to use the streets and risk being hit by a car or wayward golf cart.
The entire area is one vast green space from the golf course to the farm fields and woods that surround the housing areas. You can walk in the woods and green spaces in the various neighborhoods, but you cannot take your dog for walks on the golf course or the fields.
The good news is that you are only a short drive from the South Tomoka Wildlife Management Area. Here, you and your dog can hike along paths that meander through over 30,000 acres of forests, pine-palmettos, and swamps. Twenty years ago, the WMA was severely damaged during the wildfires that ravaged the area. Today, it is a vibrant, fully revitalized area filled with dozens of species of animals.
The other option is, of course, to drive over to the beach where the two of you can enjoy hiking along miles of coast using the soft sand for serious exercise and the water to cool off in after your walks.