There’s much excitement in the Lang family as Tomasz, Dana, and little 2-year old Poppy celebrated the arrival of their baby boy, Hugo just after our interview process- in what might be Harmony’s first homeowner newborn.
With a tentative move-in date of December 2017 to their Augusta Fine Homes residence from the Tamarack Collection, The Langs can look forward to a very Merry Christmas with expansive Mountain views and big sunset skies.
“We loved the idea of a west-facing lot to maximize sun exposure in the afternoons and in our back yard as we spend so much time outside in the summer,” explains Tomasz, a District Manager in the oil and gas sector. “A view of the mountains was also key in our decision. The Canadian Rockies are one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world, and we’d be foolish not to take advantage of their beauty!”
For Tomasz and Dana, it was love at first dog walk, as they met in early 2013 while walking their dogs in Edmonton’s Laurier Park. The dogs got along well, and their people have been together ever since. Moving back to Calgary that fall, The Langs settled in the Springbank Hill area.
“We began hunting for a new house in early fall 2016,” says Dana, a stay-at-home mom and certified yoga instructor. “As our daughter grew and we started planning for another child, we knew we would need to find a place to suit our growing needs.”
“While a larger home is certainly easy to find in the city, we noticed a major lack of decent yard sizes and other outdoor spaces. Since indoor and outdoor living are equally important to us, we weren’t prepared to settle,” explains Tomasz.
“We first visited Harmony in September 2016,” says Tomasz. “We loved the urban feel in a rural setting, the views of the prairies and mountains, and the vision that was set out.”
“After our first visit, we searched in the city for several months, with periodic trips back out to Harmony. By December, we realized we were unlikely to find any house or community that was able to offer us the space, choice, setting and innovation we discovered in Harmony.”
While making the decision to move to Harmony aligned with The Lang family vision to be further away from the city and closer to a country lifestyle, the information about future amenities, both in the neighbourhood and nearby, only further strengthened their feeling the community was perfect for them.
“The top things that attracted us were proximity to the mountains and views of the surrounding area, expanse of walking trails and space for outdoor play, large lot sizes, innovative vision for future development, quality school system, connection to other young families with similar values, and of course the beach and lake!” says Dana.
A future amenity The Langs are especially anticipating?
“We can’t wait for the Village Centre! The concept reminds us of the city square in Krakow, Poland. We are looking forward to walking over for coffee and drinks with neighbours, checking out local vendors and meeting new people all the while being close to home,” says Tomasz
Like any active family, the Langs have their individual interests. Tomasz is happy pursuing hockey, golf, and charcoal barbequing, while Dana enjoys yoga, art, and animals. Easy going Poppy loves “anything involving playing outside, eating, and making new friends.”
“As a family we are pretty well aligned and up for anything that involves a good time!” smiles Dana.
“Camping, hiking, back yard fires, swimming and hanging out on the beach, walking and playing with our dogs, winter sports like skiing, skating and sledding. We also love to host friends and family for good food and great times. One thing we hope to achieve in the near future is to purchase a couple horses and get into trail riding.”
“As a family that values the outdoors, it’s important to us as parents that our children learn to appreciate and respect nature as we do,” continues Dana. “The benefits of unplugging to spend time playing and exploring the outdoors cannot be compared to any other type of activity. We are thrilled to be moving to a place with so much space and opportunity to do all the things we love!”
After purchasing, The Langs began attending Harmony events such as the Harmony BBQ and The Stampede Breakfast, both hosted at the Discovery Centre.
“These events have been a lot of fun for us. We’ve had the chance to make a few friends, meet people, and get a better feel for what life will be like once we take possession,” says Dana. “Our daughter has enjoyed these events as well as there have been lots of young children in attendance. It’s so much fun to watch them all play and interact with one another.”
“We’re also members of the Harmony Homeowners Facebook Group, which has been a great resource. We check the page regularly for community news and events, as well as to get to know our neighbours,” Dana adds.
“As we have already been able to make friends before taking possession, we definitely feel an advanced sense of community,” Tomasz observes. “I think this occurs more easily in developing communities because we can relate to one another with our decisions to move there and through the building process. We believe it is very important to have a close connection with at least some of the neighbours to provide that true sense of home.”
The Langs explain they have spoken a great deal about Harmony with family friends and many have become interested, whether they choose to move soon or sometime down the road.
“In our opinion, we feel that if potential buyers complete their due diligence along with a review of what is important to them in a community, the decision to purchase in Harmony becomes clear, like it did for us,” they agree.