Harmony developer Starwood Land Ventures has begun prepping for another 536 homesites on Buck Lake. The master planned community east of St. Cloud is approved for up to 7,200 homes.
Harmony developer Starwood Land Ventures has begun prepping for another 536 homesites on Buck Lake. The master planned community east of St. Cloud is approved for up to 7,200 homes. (Starwood)

Starwood Land is beginning to prep for the western expansion of it's 11,000-acre master-planned community in Osceola County.

The developer won approval Wednesday from the county's Development Review Committee for the first phase of Harmony West, which includes 432 single family homes and 104 townhomes.

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Harmony was originally approved as a DRI in 1992 and was entitled for up to 7,200 single-family and multi-family homes, as well as a mix of commercial, office and light industrial uses.

Starwood spokesman Lindy Stalder said Harmony West would maintain the "traditional neighborhood" design concepts. However, only a fraction of the single family homes would feature rear-loaded garages -- a TND staple. And the preliminary subdivision plan does not include any neighborhood commercial uses or an amenity center.

Starwood Land won approval Wednesday from the Osceola County Development Review Committee for the first 536 home sites in Harmony West.
Starwood Land won approval Wednesday from the Osceola County Development Review Committee for the first 536 home sites in Harmony West. (Osceola County)

Harmony West incorporates a significant amount of shoreline on Buck Lake, but Stalder said Starwood has not confirmed any immediate plans for a second boat dock. The expansion is divided into four sub-phases. The first section, just off U.S. 192, includes 134 single family lots and a welcome center.

Stalder told GrowthSpotter that Starwood doesn't anticipate starting construction on Harmony West until 2018.

"They're still trying to sell out their previous phase," he said. "If the market catches fire and all of a sudden they're burning through their inventory, they'll accelerate this."

Harmony main currently has five active builders: Ryland Homes (now CalAtlantic), Lennar, D.R. Horton, Richmond American and Regatta. CalAtlantic signed on earlier this year to build The Lakes at Harmony, a gated, 410-lot active-adult community tucked between the golf course and Cat Lake.

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