Riverview is a modern community of single-family homes sitting on the east bank of the Halifax River with the Atlantic coast a five-minute walk to the east. While South Peninsula Drive runs right past the community, this road tends to be less busy than South Atlantic Avenue, the main road running along the beach. Those houses that sit right on the riverbank have docks with covered areas for their boats and, in some cases, a covered pavilion with a picnic table for family fun days.
There are several stores, bars, and restaurants nearby, many within walking distance. However, if you want anything more significant like Walmart or Publix, it will mean having to go over the Dunlawton Bridge and back into town. As long as you stay on Dunlawton, it will take you through the main shopping area in the city and all the way to the I-95 interchange. It doesn't get much better than this with everything so close!
Being a couple of blocks from the beach and Dunlawton Avenue means that you are likely to hear far more traffic than you actually see. While South Peninsula Drive also tends to be a bustling road as well, the Riverview neighborhood sits a block to the west from this, which should keep vehicular traffic to a minimum. There is a little bit during the daily rush hours, but it shouldn't be anything too daunting for the average dog walker.
The yards are large and often have children playing in them during the day and into the evening, along with people walking to the beach or the many local eateries and bars. In general, you may find you want to take your walks early in the morning or late in the evening when both vehicular and pedestrian traffic is at a minimum and you and your dog can walk around the area without running into too many problems.
There aren't many parks nearby for you and your dog to play in, but luckily, you live five minutes from the beach. How much more green space do you need? If you don't feel like walking to the coast, you can pile your dog and everyone else into the car instead. If you park on the sand itself, you can hike for miles to the north or south. Be sure you use the dry sand for the outbound journey. It will give you a good workout!
When you have gone as far as you feel like going, take a few minutes out to dash into the surf and cool off in the waves. The water here is spectacular and can be 80°F during the summer months. Finish your hike with a slow relaxing walk in the wet sand. You will find the damp sand much more comfortable to walk in and an excellent way to let your muscles cool down after your workout.