3500 Harmony Square Drive West, Harmony, Florida 34773
Harmony is an All-Ages Planned
Community with a Love of Nature, Open Spaces and a Wide Selection of
The town of Harmony is a development with a
vision. It bills itself as "environmentally
intelligent" and promotes the idea, through its
planning and design, that for humans to prosper, flourish
and live well, they must interact positively with the
environment and with wildlife. To that end, this community, built on
11,000 acres southeast of Orlando, will utilize just 30
percent of the land and leave the rest as parks, open
space, recreation areas and wilderness. There
is a belief here that people have a responsibility to the
land and need to protect it.
Begun in 2003 and built on an old cattle farm,
Harmony is a community that is still being developed, with plans for
7,500 units and attracting
singles and families with children, as well as retirees, a mix many
seniors find appealing. Currently, about 1,000 people call
Harmony home, but eventually, 18,000 will live here. There are
eight architectural styles, including Craftsman, Colonial Revival
and Georgian, and six distinct neighborhoods, each with homes of
similar style and price. Sizes range from town homes with
1,305 sq. ft, two bath and two bedrooms to the largest
home, a mini-mansion with nearly 6,400 sq. ft. All homes are Energy Star compliant and most come
with a front porch. Builders include D.R. Horton, Robertson
Homes and Signa Homes. Home sites are also for sale.
www.harmonyfl.com for more information.
As Harmony grows according to plan, design rules are implemented
to promote a small town ambiance. These include limiting
neighborhoods to 100 homes, encouraging pet ownership (there are two
dog parks), allowing for
on-street parking, nurturing lush landscaping, building small parks
scattered throughout neighborhoods and providing services within
walking distance of home sites.
This community is ideal for anyone who loves nature.
From their front door, residents regularly spot owls, eagles,
osprey, deer, otter and armadillos, and miles of walking and
bicycling trails through wide open meadows provide plenty of
opportunities to relax and admire the beautiful surroundings.
There are two 500 acre lakes, Buck Lake and Cat Lake, but no houses
are built anywhere near them, providing a tranquil setting for
boating (sailing, kayaking, canoeing or other non-motorized
and other water activities.
Harmony also boasts an 18 hole, championship Johnny Miller
signature golf course that is open to the public and that has
golfers seeing nothing but great green expanses, wetlands and pine
trees. No homes are built near the course. The 16,000
square foot clubhouse is a social center and houses a tavern and a
popular restaurant. There are also riding stales and a
swimming pool, and the community is Dark-Sky compliant, allowing for
star gazing all night long.
Homeowners pay an association fee that covers infrastructure,
amenities upkeep and park maintenance, but there is also a CDD fee,
and it varies depending on the neighborhood (CDDs - Community Development Districts - are common
in Florida). CDDs fee cover infrastructure
One of the pluses of this community is that it is out in the
country, yet close to everything a retiree needs. Downtown
Orlando is 40 minutes to the northwest. Local shopping is 10
minutes away, and Melbourne Beach is 40 minutes to the
east. The Harmony Town Center is still being developed but
will house a supermarket, a pet cafe, bakery, restaurants,
boutiques, human cafes, hardware store, ice cream parlor and much
more, all gathered around a town square.
Major health care facilities and hospitals are located in
Average summer temperatures in this area are in the mid 90s
(evenings dip into the 70s). Winter temperatures generally
stay in the 60s, with some low 70s. Rainfall is anywhere
from one inch to 5 or 6 inches per month.
While housing costs are not lower than the national average,
Florida has no state income tax, which helps lower overall living
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