How you can staycation in a master planned community in Orlando

We all need a vacation from time to time, but occasionally, it's nice to take a staycation and enjoy the environment in which you live. You can enjoy a staycation and a master planned community lifestyle in Harmony, Florida with the variety of activities we offer along with our beautiful conservation areas and lakes. In this blog, we're highlighting four ways you can staycation right here in Harmony, FL.   Enjoy community pools There are three community pools at Harmony for you to enjoy. Two of the three pools are open to all residents of Harmony — one is located in the Town Square and the other is located in the Ashley Park Neighborhood. If you are a resident of The Lakes at Harmony, you have access to a resort-style, zero-entry pool with a spacious deck and "sunset gazebo" on sunny, hot days. There is no need to drive all the way to the coast to get a nice tan when you've got pools right in your own community! Sometimes it can be such a hassle to drag everything to the beach. When you're on your staycation in our master planned community in Orlando, you can return to your own home in minutes if you've forgotten something or need a mid-day snack. Visiting one of our pools is also a great way to catch up with friends or meet someone new! Learn a new skill  Interested in learning how to golf? The Harmony Golf Preserve is the perfect place to learn how to golf on your staycation if you've never tried it before! Built on a 260-acre wildlife preserve, there...

See if you can find these migrant birds in Harmony this winter

Ask any Harmony resident what their favorite part of the community is and chances are they’ll mention Harmony’s proximity to nature. Whether residents are taking advantage of our two protected lakes, or 12.5 miles of hiking trails, getting outside and connecting with nature is always possible when you have preserved, protected lands in your backyard.Harmony has resident-run committees that connect residents with similar interests. One of Harmony’s committees, The Conservation Cafe, engages and informs residents about Harmony’s founding values, and conservation issues in general. For the 13th year in a row, The Conservation Cafe had its Harmony Christmas Bird Count this December. This event was a fun observation of Harmony's winged citizens. A guided walk showed parts of Harmony residents may have never explored and displayed wildlife outside the ordinary. While having fun, residents also contributed to an ongoing citizen-sourced database that tracks bird populations over time. So why the winter bird count? One of the reasons is that Florida is migratory location for birds. Migrant birds can travel thousands of miles over rough climates to stay in Florida for few short day or weeks before flying on. Some even rest for less than a day to feed and gain energy for the remainder of their journey south.   We asked The Conservation Cafe president, Dr. Kerul Kassel, what birds can be seen in Harmony (and the surrounding areas) during this time special time of year. She shared that over 30 kind of birds that can be spotted! If you’re up for the challenge, download our bird count sheet below and see if you can spot any birds in your area!  If you're...

Harmony’s lakes provide mental and physical benefits

What makes Harmony such a great place to live? There are many reasons, but a few of our favorites have to be Buck Lake and Cat Lake. Everyone who walks out on the docks at Buck Lake falls in love with the beauty and tranquility of this 511-acre natural wonder. Buck Lake and Cat Lake are pristine and protected, with shorelines rimmed with trees. At Buck Lake, you can use community-owned boats, kayaks, and canoes to explore. Only low-speed boats are allowed on Buck Lake, preserving the environment and maintaining the quiet calm. Cat Lake is only accessible by our residents and their guests. Campgrounds near the lake are perfect for a fun getaway (that’s not so far away) for the whole family! These amenities are both fun and benefit your health! Studies have shown that living near a body of water helps your mental and physical well-being. The calming effect lakes provide our bodies with are obvious. More interestingly, some theories link water’s soothing effects to evolution and our dependence on water. Another way of looking at it is that because our bodies are made up of about 60% water, we have a natural affinity for it and are drawn to lakes, rivers, and oceans since water is so integral to our lives. Don’t forget the physical benefits that lakes can provide. Buck Lake is a great place to get exercise! The kayaks and canoe rentals are free for residents. Relax and paddle along the beautiful calming waters at Buck Lake and feel your stress melt away. Thanks to Florida’s beautiful climate, you can take advantage of these amazing amenities...

Why master-planned communities are so much more than “cookie cutter” houses

Master-planned communities and home builders are often labeled as being “cookie cutter” or unoriginal. In reality, Harmony and other master-planned communities out there are anything but! There’s so much more that goes into a home than just picking a floor plan, and so much planning and involvement with the community members to create an environment where everyone feels at home.  Here are a few reasons why Harmony is so much more than “cookie cutter”. Harmony’s for everyone. Harmony’s community plan welcomes all, whether you are single, married, raising a family or looking for your little slice of paradise. Our neighborhoods include townhomes and single family homes in a variety of sizes, styles and prices. We have seven amazing builders who make Harmony exteriors and interiors beautiful. Unlike a majority of master-planned communities, all of the homes in Harmony are built with eco-friendly construction standards. Living a green lifestyle. These eco-friendly standards came from the idea that people and nature can coexist. Residents have many opportunities to learn about and explore their environment. For example, with lakes and trails (over 12.5 miles of walking trails!) nearby,  wildlife is never too far away. Harmony realizes that the connection between humans and nature is an important one, which is why we take part in preserving some of Florida’s rich natural heritage and conserving natural resources for future generations. The phrase “leave it better than you found it” comes to mind. An entirely unique community. What makes Harmony really unique, though, are the individuals who live here. Harmony’s diversity is what makes it such an amazing place to call home. We encourage our residents...

The best of both worlds: When city life and country life collide

If you grew up reading classic fables, you know the story of the town mouse and the country mouse. But for those of you who may have forgotten, or never heard the story, let us fill you in a little bit... Country mouse loves his little home until his cousin from the big city comes to visit and tells him all about his life there. So country mouse decides to pack his bags and go back to the city with his cousin to experience it for himself. In the end (and after a scary confrontation with a cat), he decides his little home in the country is not so bad after all.  Are you wondering how this story relates to Harmony? Easy. Harmony has that small town, country-living feel while also featuring many big city amenities and benefits, too. Let's talk about a few... 12.5 miles of walking, hiking and bicycle trails through some of the 7,700 acres of conservation areas. Talk about country! With over 7,000 acres of conservation land and trails galore, there is no question that Harmony is situated away from the hustle and bustle of any big city life.  Two natural lakes, Buck Lake and Cat Lake. A fan of canoeing, kayaking, or fishing? When you live in Harmony you can do any number of these activities any day of the week. Why? These lakes are literally in your backyard. Who wouldn't love to come home from a long day at the office and unwind on the water? A-rated Harmony High School and a K-8 Community School within walking distance of every home. Having a school (let...

Cat Lake: Discover nature, Find peace, Celebrate life

In the northeast corner of Harmony, at the end of Five Oaks Drive, you’ll find a rustic wooden gate and a footpath leading to Cat Lake. Follow it and within five minutes you’ll discover one of Harmony’s most pristine natural wonders. A majestic copse of live oaks springs up from the shoreline like a welcome sign as you walk up. The 460-acre freshwater lake and surrounding wetlands are completely natural. No playgrounds, no boardwalks, no restrooms – Mother Nature in all of her glory. Come solo or bring your tribe. Either way, let Cat Lake inspire you to get outdoors and soak in the good vibes. A Wealth of WildlifeBecause Cat Lake is undeveloped, its waters and the surrounding wetlands are brimming with animals. They live among the thick tree canopies and dense patches of knobby cypress knees that ring the lake. Bring a pair of binoculars and increase your chances of spotting wild turkeys, red-shouldered hawks, white-tailed deer, armadillos, otters, and even alligators – all natives to our state. Don’t be surprised if you come across a cottonmouth or pygmy rattlesnake – two of the six venomous snake species found in Florida (and in Harmony!). Don’t worry, just be aware and stay cautious. Steer clear of all the wildlife, and don’t feed them either! Never feed wildlife. It not only violates certain laws, it’s dangerous to animals, people, and property. Cat Lake and nearby Buck Lake (which has wooden boardwalks, fishing piers, and passive boating) are part of Jug Creek Swamp. The two lakes also connect with the town’s residential ponds, thus making Harmony part of a larger...