For those who like the idea of having a small lake in their backyards, a home in Dagwood Acres might be just what the doctor ordered. While living here puts you very close to Dunlawton Avenue, you are just far enough away for the traffic to not be an issue. The only thing you have to deal with is the traffic noise and the FEC railroad tracks running to the east of the community.
While you are alongside Dunlawton, it's a bit of a drive to the west to find the stores you and your family need. These include a Publix Supermarket, a Pet Supermarket, and even a Home Depot.
The best part about Dunlawton Avenue is that it is the main road over the Halifax River and to the beach. In fact, it is the only way over the river to the dunes. Alternatively, you can take South Ridgewood Avenue to the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. Both make great places to walk your dog.
"Mostly residential" would be one way to describe the terrain here. At the same time, the same road that runs through the neighborhood also feeds to the Port Orange Wastewater Plant, the Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra, and Pete White Boxing and MMA. What this means to you when you are out walking your dog is that, during the day and into the evening, there is likely to be more traffic than you might expect in most residential communities.
Walking your dog here could be riskier than in most family neighborhoods due to the increased traffic. Luckily, if you stick to walking around the small lakes next door and keep a close eye on traffic, you shouldn't have a problem. The one thing you shouldn't do is take your dog for walks along the FEC railroad tracks. Not only is the area near the tracks is private property, but walking near an active railway line can be very dangerous.
The lakes next door count as green spaces and offer both of you room to walk around them. There is also a large wooded area to the south where the two of you can run and play. Beyond this, if you want more open space, you have no choice but to hop in the car.
The nearest is going to be over on the other side of the Halifax River. Not only can you park your car on the sandy dunes of the beach, but you and your pup can hike for as many miles as you are up for in either direction. The soft sand will make both of you work your leg muscles, but it's a great way to spend time together in the fresh air and sunshine. Make sure you take time out to hit the waves and cool off in the Atlantic waters before you walk back to your car on the wet sand!