Golden Pond Estates is a tight-knit neighborhood of upscale homes surrounding a small lake close to the southern tip of the city. One of the more attractive features of the area is the number of trees surrounding it that provide shade for the many homes during the heat of the summer.
While your home might be at the southernmost point of town, you are still only fifteen minutes or less from essential amenities such as grocery stores, pharmacies, DIY stores, and pet stores where you can find just about anything you and your family need.
The city dog park is only five minutes to the north, as is the All Children's Park. The beach is only fifteen minutes away as well. While you can see the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve from the end of Spruce Creek Road, the only access is via US-1 or South Williamson Boulevard on the other side of I-95.
Within Golden Pond Estates, the only time you are likely to run into much in the way of traffic is during the morning and evening rush hours and when the school buses are running. There are sidewalks for you and your dog to use and grass berms to act as cool footing as well. Those who have the lake in their backyards can also walk around it.
During the day, you might not see much in the way of vehicular traffic, but this is a family neighborhood with relatively flat terrain. Which means you and your dog are going to run across other pedestrians wherever you go for walks. While a short leash might help keep your dog under control, you may also need to take time to let people know whether or not your pup is the social sort! If they aren't, you can take alternate routes or venture out into nearby parks to provide a nicer space to roam.
The nearest green spaces for you, your family, and your dog to use are one-mile to the north on Spruce Creek Road. First is the All Children's Park! Here, your kids will find a pirate-themed playground, a small splash pad, nature trails, two softball fields, tennis courts, shady picnic tables, and nature trails for everyone to enjoy.
Next door at the Seemore Memorial Dog Park, there are three fenced-in areas. There is one for the big guys, one for the smaller breeds, and one that is reserved for dogs with handicaps, injuries, or for those who are simply too old to hang out with the younger crowds. Each section has its own watering station for the dogs and benches in the shade to sit at. When playtime is over, there is a rinse station you can use to cool your dog down while, at the same time, rinsing off the dust and dirt accumulated during play.