Hawks Ridge Estates sits on the banks of Spruce Creek and is a family-oriented community filled with single-family homes. The neighborhood is heavily shaded and with only two entry points considered to be quiet and safe. The creek offers a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily life while still ensuring you are close enough to essential amenities such as grocery stores, pet supply stores, veterinarians, and a selection of both local and chain restaurants.
The only thing you have to get used to is the constant traffic noise being generated by I-95, but you have the creek and woods as a buffer to help reduce it. There are several small community parks in town for you and your dog to play in, nature preserves, and wildlife management areas to hike in. You also have, of course, the beach to take your entire family to for a day in the sun and fresh air.
The homes here are not quite as tightly sandwiched together as you might find in other parts of town. There are sidewalks running through the entire community, but very little in the way of shade for you to walk under. The ground is flat and has little to offer in the form of challenge, with the exception of adding more distance to your daily walks.
Traffic here is not excessive during most of the day, but depending on the time you choose to go out, you may have to deal with morning and evening rush hour traffic. Luckily, in such a small community, this doesn't tend to last long. Being a family neighborhood, you should expect to encounter kids of all ages at play in their front yards, on the sidewalks, and in the streets. Be sure you keep your pup on a short walking-leash for everyone's safety.
Hawks Ridge Estates sits on the banks of Spruce Creek with some of the homes having direct access to the creek and surrounding woods. Some even have a dock extending out into the water.
If you're looking for a place where you can let your dog play off-leash, the Seemore Memorial Dog Park is only a few blocks to the east on Central Park Boulevard. Seemore is a one-acre dog park that has been separated into separate sections depending on breed size. Each section also has a water station for the pups and shady benches for you to sit on.
Next door is the All Children's Park where the kids can play on the pirate-themed playground, play in the water at the water splash pad, and enjoy a shady picnic while the four-legged member of the family relaxes in the shade after playing hard in the dog park.