If you have elementary school age kids, living in Sugar Forest might be just what you need. The Sugar Mill Elementary School is within walking distance for those who like to get out and start the day off with a walk. The best part is that you can bring your dog along for the walk, but you should keep them on a short leash to help you maintain control as there are sure to be plenty of other children walking to and from school at the same time.
Living here puts you with a few minutes' drive of the downtown shopping district along Dunlawton Avenue. No matter what you need, from food for everyone in your family to nuts and bolts. All along this road from the beach to the Interstate, you will find a wide variety of both chain and local restaurants to sample when you don't feel like cooking or are ready for a treat.
Sugar Forest is a family-oriented community located along Sugar House Drive. The one thing missing is a sidewalk for you and your dog to walk on. This means you have no choice but to use the road for your daily walks. While Sugar House Drive is nice and shady, it also makes it hard for drivers to see you. Be sure you walk against traffic and keep your eyes open.
Because access to the community means traffic is generally limited to those who live here, it's usually light. Even with this, the only time there is any serious traffic would be during the morning and evening rush hours or when the school buses are running. However, as with most residential communities, you should also plan to keep your pup on a short leash at any time of the day as you never know how many kids are likely to be playing in their yards and on the sidewalks and streets.
The nearest green space is only a couple of blocks away. The Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens is home to fabulous botanical gardens, a number of dinosaur sculptures, and the ruins of the 19th Century plantation that once stood here. There are several nature trails running through the gardens for you and your pup to walk along as you look at the flowers and trees.
From your home, the beaches are only a few minutes' drive to the east. You and your pup can use the soft, dry sand for the outbound leg of your walk. It's hard to walk in and will give everyone's legs a good workout. When the time comes to a stop, be sure you take a few minutes out to cool off in the ocean and play in the surf. Then, use the wet sand to walk home. It's much easier to walk on and a great way to relax on the way back to the car.