The town of Harmony was built upon on a simple principle: Connect people with nature.
Founders Jim and Martha Lentz envisioned a master-planned community that embraced and honored the environment -- the plants, the animals, the land itself. They forged a new standard of modern Florida living, one in which conservation and convenience go hand in hand.
Jim, a Central Florida developer, and Martha, a former director of the Orlando Humane Society, started with The Harmony Institute in 1996.
They created the non-profit research organization to promote health and wellbeing through interactions between people, animals and the natural world. Built on the former Triple E Ranch, Harmony became a place where these relationships could be fostered and grow.
The institute became the inspiration for the town, named in honor of Martha’s mother, Margaret Harmony Eastman. The word also embodies the spirit of the couple’s collective vision around which the community has taken root. Now, more than a decade later, life is flourishing in Harmony. Here’s why.
Harmony began taking shape in earnest when the first residents came in 2003. The community has expanded over the years, and it’s still growing as new home construction continues. But even at build-out in a few years, 70 percent of the 11,000-acre community will remain be open, green space. Yes, the majority of the Harmony will remain untouched in perpetuity. Thousands more homes and businesses easily could be built, but it’s not about maximizing profit. It’s about appreciating nature in abundance. Harmony also is Central Florida’s largest Green Certified development thanks to the eco-friendly construction and the 7,000-plus acres of pristine Florida land that will always surround the community. Green living at its finest!
From architectural style to price range, choice abounds when it comes to homes in Harmony. But, by design, outdoor life is just as important. The town was built on the southern shores of Buck Lake and Cat Lake, which offer passive boating, primitive camping, boardwalks for strolling and plenty of wildlife watching. There are more than 13 miles of hiking trails and several parks (even two dog parks!) throughout town, which is connected by miles of sidewalks.
At Harmony you’ll see people—young and old—on bikes and on foot. And whether they’re having fun or taking a rest, all of them are enjoying the rich outdoor life found in Harmony.
CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION
Conservation Cafe is perhaps the best place to see how the principles of environmentalism and lifelong learning play into daily life at Harmony. The organization hosts everything from hikes to golf cart expeditions to hands-on encounters with baby alligators. Explore the community’s joint programs with the University of Florida and its dedication to nature while having a good time neighbors and friends.
The Community Garden, off Five Oaks Drive, is another place where residents connect with Mother Nature. Here, folks are literally get their hands dirty, cultivating fruits, vegetables and a sense of community!
Harmony was designed with both conservation and convenience in mind. Living close to nature doesn’t mean giving up the creature comforts or going off the grid! If you haven’t been to Harmony yet, come check it out for yourself and see why residents feel good about living well.