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...

3 BIG benefits of a move-in ready home

Buying and moving into a new home is a stressful, yet exciting time. Choosing either a move-in ready home or a fixer-upper can add or subtract to this stress. There are many benefits in moving into a move-in ready home. We’re going to explore the top three reasons why a move-in ready home is the perfect type of home to give you a pain-free, pleasant home buying experience that will make homeownership a little less scary. You get what you see No hidden problems! This is a huge issue for older homes. There can be a ton of money put into structural changes, updates, and bringing old construction up to code. With a move-in ready home, you can rest easy knowing that the construction was completed recently and all of your it is up to code . It's simple – you get what you see. It’s not unusual for surprises to arise during a remodel. The hidden costs of a fixer-upper could negate any savings you might have had by choosing a fixer-upper. It’s a gamble that you have to be brave enough to take on. You can enjoy it now As with a lot of fixer-upper projects, the amount of time that you pour into a remodel can be a little more than you bargained for, especially if you are working under a tight deadline. The beauty of a move-in ready home is that it’s ready when you are. No construction required. The only thing you need to worry about is arranging your furniture. Your home is ready on your time. Once you purchase a move-in ready home,...

4 reasons why you could get used to a master-planned community lifestyle

Master-planned communities come with lifestyle of their own. If you’re considering moving into a community like Harmony, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are four reasons why you could get used to a master-planned community lifestyle.  A unique community experience Arguably, the biggest benefit of living in a master-planned community is the experience of getting to know your neighbors and individuals that live in your community. Whether that’s through a yard sale, PTA meetings at the community school, or at one of the many monthly community events, it’s encouraged to make connections in your community. There’s always something to do in a master-planned community, and the beauty of it is that you’re in charge of what activities you want to participate in! The perks Buying a home in a normal subdivision, you’re faced with a lot more questions than you would be in a master-planned community. Why is that? You have to factor in the perks you’re missing out on. If you find a home that has a state-of-the-art gym, a golf course built on 276 acres of natural preserved land, two pristine lakes with free canoe and kayak rentals, 12.5 miles of walking trails, two dog parks, and two A-rated community schools within walking distance of your home, let us know! At Harmony, all of our residents have access to theses amenities and perks! Choices, choices, choices  Choosing a home that's right for you isn’t any easy task. With a wide selection of builders in a master-planned community, you’re sure to find your dream home that also fits within your budget.  A master-planned community isn’t just...

How being a better neighbor can benefit your own home

We’re taught to love thy neighbor.  But what does that really mean? What defines a good neighbor in the 21st Century? Why does being friendly with the folks who live around you even matter? Whether you’re buying your first house, renting an apartment, or settling into a new condominium, your home is sacred. Essential life functions occur there: raising a family, eating, sleeping, relaxing, studying, working, creating... you name it!   Home is defined not only by where you live but by how you live. You can have a “really cool place” but still feel disconnected from your own community. Feeling “at home” has a lot to do with your neighbors. The quality of a neighborhood depends  on the general behavior of the people who live there – how they act, react, and interact among one another. So it doesn’t matter if you’re new to the block or have lived there years, being neighborly is always worthwhile. HOW? Meet and Greet – Meet your neighbors if you haven’t already. You might feel more comfortable waiting for a chance encounter outside, but feel free to go knock on their door and introduce yourself.  Heads Up – Keep your neighbors informed of large parties, extended remodeling, or anything that could disturb or inconvenience them. They might not like it, but they’ll respect the sentiment. Acknowledge Differences, Find Common Ground – Age, faith, ethnic background, and marital status affect lifestyle. You and your neighbor may live right next door to each other, but view the world in completely different ways. That’s okay – just be aware of how that might create friction. That recognition alone can...

The benefits of living in a walkable community like Harmony

Sidewalks don’t automatically make a community walkable. Walkability is about much more than being pedestrian-friendly. Encouraging people to walk requires thoughtful design and a holistic approach to development and lifestyle. Residents need to have places to go, a desire to go outside, and yes, sidewalks. There are benefits of living in a walkable community, some of which include: Being more climate-friendly. Lessen the time you spend in your car and you lessen your contribution to global warming. When you can walk to your local town market, rather than drive, you're reducing the amount of pollution being emited into our air. Increasing safety. Logistically speaking, less time in cars means less chances of causing an accident. Furthermore, a walkable community means that there is natural surveillance taking place. People out walking are watching. And anyone up to no good will certainly not appreciate the eyes of yourself or your neighbors upon them.  Adding years to your life. Did you know, for every minute you spend walking, you are adding three minutes to your life? That means, if you walk an average of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you've essentially added almost a year and half to your life.  In Harmony, we’ve got the perfect recipe for a walkable community. The town is physically defined by distinct residential neighborhoods, two A-rated public schools, a Johnny Miller signature golf course, and Town Square, which includes a variety of restaurants, shops, and other retail businesses. The neighborhoods are interconnected by sidewalks linking them to Town Square, the boardwalk at Buck Lake, and Harmony Community School. An underpass running below U.S. Highway 192 connects to...

Active Adult Communities: 6 things to consider

Are you retired? Close to retirement? Have you worked hard all your life, raised a family, ready to finally relax? Or, perhaps you’re at the apex of your career. Either way, if you’re in your 50s, 60s, or 70s, an active adult community could be for you. So what’s an active adult community anyway? It’s a development that offers relatively maintenance-free living for people 55 and older. “Age-restricted” communities typically require that 80 percent of homeowners be at least 55. “Age-targeted” communities, on the other hand, simply market to the 55+ crowd. However, an active adult community isn’t just a run-of-the-mill development; it’s a lifestyle, with “active” being the key word. These are not assisted-living facilities or nursing homes. And by no means are children (especially grandchildren!) barred from these developments. Rather, they simply are communities of people in the same stage of life who enjoy the ease and leisure of resort-style living. Here are 6 things to consider when checking out an active adult community.1. What are the amenities? (And who can use them?)An average 55+ community has a pool, gym, golf course, and an activities center (more on that next). Some have libraries, tennis courts, and even spas. Again, your grandkids (and friends) are probably welcome to enjoy the amenities with you when they’re visiting. But make sure to inquire about the hours of operations and guest policies. Many communities are gated and require access cards or keys to enter these pseudo-public places. The Lakes Recreation Center rendering . This 6,200 square foot facility includes multipurpose rooms, a fitness center, and a pool will be exclusive to the...