At one time, there was a sugar mill and plantation on the original 995-acre land grant given to Patrick Dean in 1804. Old Sugar Mill sits on a small part of that grant. The neighborhood is home to several duplexes on Old Sugar Mill Road close to Sugar Mill Elementary School and Dunlawton Sugar Mill Garden, the site of the original plantation and sugar mill.
Living here puts you within a short drive of Dunlawton Avenue, the main east-west highway through town. On both sides of this road are most of the stores and amenities you need such as grocery stores, pet supply stores, and the ubiquitous Walmart Supercenter. It is also home to restaurants for those of you who like to go out for a bite to eat from time to time.
From here, you and your family can be on the beach within ten to fifteen minutes. Alternatively, you can be on I-95 if you find yourself needing to commute.
Although there might be some traffic to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, this is a tranquil area of town most of the day. You might find a little bit during rush hours, but beyond this, there is very little for you to worry about as you take your dog out for a walk. The only bad thing is the lack of sidewalks to keep you safe from the cars on the road.
The entire area is filled with family homes and the many children of all ages that come with them. At any given the time of day, you might come across kids playing, riding their bikes, on their skateboards, and generally just having a good time. The last thing you want is for your dog to become unsettled and behave uncharacteristically. The best way to maintain control and keep everyone safe is to use a short leash as you take your walks through these areas.
When it comes to green spaces where you and your dog are welcome, there isn't much here. If your dog is a service animal, you can enjoy walking around the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens. Inside this free park are dozens of different species of plants for you to enjoy, trails to walk on, and the ruins of the 19th-century sugar plantation that once stood.
Since you can only take service dogs in the gardens, if you want somewhere to take your dog that the two of you can use for some good exercise, the beach is your best option. On a good day, it should only take about ten minutes to drive over the Dunlawton Avenue bridge and out onto the sand. Once you find a place to park, there are many miles to give your legs a great workout. In between, you can take time out for a swim with your canine companion!