Harbor Club at Lake Oconee - Best Lake Community of the Year

When we look for the best lake communities in the South, the water quality and lake level fluctuations are important factors we consider. Lake Oconee in Central Georgia, is Georgia’s second largest lake so it made exploring the lake a logical choice. Lake Oconee is warm, it’s clean, and the annual lake levels vary less than 2 feet. This is important for folks who own a home directly on the lake because they can have a permanent dock behind their home. 

Purchasing lakefront property like this can be expensive. But an affordable alternative is to own a home with views of the lake all throughout the community. It is also important to have amenities on the lake such as a marina, fuel and dining. When we stumbled upon Harbor Club at Lake Oconee back in 2013, we knew we’d found something special. Both lakefront and lakeview homes. Unlike many of the vacation and second home communities nearby, approximately 90% of the residents live year round in the 1,000 acre neighborhood. The community is vibrant and full of social activity. 

Last year, Harbor Club at Lake Oconee experienced record sales with over 100 families choosing to live at the lake community. 540 homes are already built to date of the 1,100 planned. While the area has attracted vacationing Atlantans over the years, retirees from all over the country have discovered this friendly lakefront neighborhood. Folks like the fact that golf membership is not mandatory yet they have the option.

Established over 25 years ago, all the amenities are built for the property owners enjoyment which include a full service marina and restaurant on the lake, elegant 15,000 square foot golf clubhouse (newly renovated), swim and tennis center, new state-of-the-art fitness center, croquet and event lawn, nature and fitness trails. The golf course was named Top 4 places to play in the state of Georgia by Golf Magazine. The course beautifully intertwines between sparkling ponds, gentle rolling hills and four holes touching the water of Lake Oconee.

We visited Harbor Club at Lake Oconee earlier this year and toured several of the model homes. The spacious new Cottage Series homes are impressive priced in the $300’s. New homes range from $279,000 to $659,000, a bargain to us when comparing against other lake communities. Homesites range from $49,900 to the $600's. The Harbor Club at Lake Oconee HOA fees are only $900 a year. To access the amenities (except golf), a social membership is needed and fees are only $103 a month. The initiation fee is $1,500. Full golf membership fees are $341 a month plus a $10,000 initiation fee. These are the lowest fees we have seen among almost 100 lake communities we’ve analyzed. For less than $200 a month in HOA/social fees, property owners can live in one of the best places to retire on a lake. Giving more bang to the buck, the real estate taxes in Greene County are among the lowest in Georgia too.

Getting around The Harbor Club at Lake Oconee is easy. The community hugs nine miles of Lake Oconee shoreline and is golf cart friendly. At The Boathouse at Harbor Club, you’ll find 72 dry stack storage slips of the 330 planned and day docks, fuel and two boat ramps on Lake Oconee. Lake Oconee is located below the ‘snow line’ in Central Georgia which means year round boating and water sports. The winters are mild and summers are hot, just what folks hope for living on a lake. 

The Harbor Club at Lake Oconee is an obvious choice our 2017 Bliss Award winner for Best Lake Community of the Year. Kudos! 

If you’d like to experience the club, ask us to send you a complete information package and check on Discovery Package information. It’s our pleasure to help!

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