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Lake Oconee – A Best Place to Live

Friday, Nov 2, 2018  |  admin  |  Latest News


You may have already heard the news that Harbor Club on Lake Oconee won the Bliss Award for Best Georgia Community of the Year. There were tons of factors that went into that important decision by the team at Real Estate Scorecard. Several of those factors stem from the many positive aspects of our community itself. However, there’s more to it than that. We are fortunate to be located directly on Georgia’s second largest lake, beautiful Lake Oconee. This 19,000-acre body of water represents one of the best places to live in Georgia.

Here’s why:

Stable lake levels

The Army Corp of Engineers manages many of the lakes in the state of Georgia. Due to planned releases and varying degrees of rainfall, many of those lakes experience rapid changes in lake levels. Not so at Lake Oconee. It is renown for having very minimal lake level variations. This is a big factor if you plan to own a lakefront home with a dock or boathouse. You’ll save both time and money since you won’t need to call in a special company to professionally move your dock in or out whenever the lake levels change.

Charming, well-appointed towns

Our hometown of Greensboro is Lake Oconee’s closest town. Eatonton is the next nearest city. Both offer a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Greensboro has several big-box stores, like Home Depot and Publix. It also boasts several antique stores, artisan shops, and boutiques in its historic downtown area, making it a favorite stop on the 200-mile Antiques Trail of Georgia. Top-notch healthcare and schools are readily available too, such as the award-winning St. Mary’s Hospital and the famous Lake Oconee Academy charter school.

Excellent climate

You can’t experience great “lake life” without great weather. Lake Oconee is located in Central Georgia where the weather is typically moderate to hot. Under normal circumstances, the months of May through September experience average temperatures from the high 70’s to low 80’s. December through February, the average temperatures are from the mid 40’s to low 50’s. The hot, dry weather during the summers and the cooler winters are excellent for growing fruit trees, perennials, and several tropical plants. While snowfall does occur, it is a rarity at Lake Oconee.

Sports abound

Lake Oconee has eight marinas, four of which are full-service. Our Boathouse Marina is one of the best. Those who love to go fishing, boating, jet-skiing, and tubing will find everything they need — gear, gas, and guides included. Also, there are multiple golf courses around the lake, including our own highly acclaimed Weiskopf-Morrish course. The 18-holes here at Harbor Club offer a fun yet challenging game for players at any skill level. The course takes advantage of the rolling terrain and highlights the natural beauty that the lake provides. On the northern part of Lake Oconee is the protected, 800,000-acre Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. There, hikers and mountain bikers can enjoy at least 50 miles of picturesque, wooded trails.

Reasonable taxes and home prices

Georgia is widely known for providing a lot of value for its low-cost standard of living. Here, the Greene County estimated real estate tax millage rate is only $32.40 per 25% of $1000. Homes that are for sale in the Lake Oconee area typically average in the mid $300’s. At Harbor Club, single-family homes start in the high $200k’s and can exceed $1 million, especially for those that are located directly on Lake Oconee’s scenic shoreline.

No matter the price, every home at Harbor Club has access to Lake Oconee via our Boathouse Marina. If you would like to see and learn more about living at Harbor Club, stop by for a tour. You’ll see that the resort-lifestyle in our Southern Living-Inspired Community is exceptional. Start planning your visit today.