Sitting on Rose Bay at the tip of the Spruce Creek Preserve is the tiny community at South Ridgewood Avenue and Harbor Road. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting with the bay all around you and nothing but miles of wetlands, waterways, and marshes to the south. The home here all have views of the bay from their front yards and the preserve from the backyards.
While it might seem like you are miles away from anything here, keep in mind that US-1 is still a bustling highway, even this far out. Luckily, being on this road also means that you can be on Dunlawton Avenue and the central shopping district in town within fifteen to twenty minutes. Here, you will find a Publix Supermarket, a Walmart Supercenter, pet supply stores, and many other businesses along with many of the best restaurants in town for you and your family to sample.
The terrain here is one of the best reasons to live on the bay. Beyond the traffic along the highway, the only other traffic is that which uses Harbor Road to access the other residential community to the south. Even this is minimal except during rush hours, making it possible for you and your dog to walk along it for your usual strolls. All you have to do is keep an eye out for traffic and use a short leash to keep your pup close at heel for safety. There are no steep hills to traverse as an added bonus.
The business fronting US-1 may bring a small amount of traffic during the day, but it doesn't tend to bleed into the residential area. The rest of the terrain out here is heavily wooded, offering you and your dog plenty of shade to go walking in. The only hard part is having to cross the main road, requiring patience and extra caution.
The woods directly to the south and on the other side of the highway are the nearest green space to your home and have plenty of cool areas for you and your dog to go roaming. Three minutes to the south is Spruce Creek Park where you can hike the nature trails or launch a kayak out into the waters of the Halifax River.
A little further to the south, you will find the entrance to the Spruce Creek Preserve. The preserve covers an area of over 1,600 acres of forests and wetlands. If you and your dog like going for long hikes, there are trails running throughout that you can use. There is also a trail that makes the six-mile round trip to New Smyrna Beach and back.
The beach is only a fifteen-minute drive away and you can park right on the sand. You and your pup can walk as far as you want, cooling off in the ocean before heading home!