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LIVING IN HARMONY


Mission, Goals and Objectives

We are neighbors!  Our mission is to work together to build a more welcoming and supportive community and to be a visible presence in the Sedona Community planning process with the goal of being a model of diverse, multigenerational neighbors Living in Harmony.

 GOALS and OBJECTIVES

  • Neighbors getting to know, appreciate and help each other
  • Pride that we live in the oldest residential subdivision of Sedona
  • Encourage and support businesses of neighbors Living in Harmony
  • Living greener and healthier
  • Unite our voices and be included in Sedona’s planning process
  • Plan what to do and how to help each other in emergencies
  • Street Festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Harmony in 2012

History of Harmony
Welcome to “Living in Harmony” — not just a state of mind but a real-life community where homeowner and renter alike join together to provide a friendly, supportive network of “neighbor helping neighbor.”

One of Sedona’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, Harmony Hills originated in 1963 when the Sedona Development Company drew up plans for a subdivision aimed at providing affordable housing for retirees and working class families.

Zoned for both manufactured and stick-built homes, the site would eventually cover 127 acres and include 488 single family homes in 7 subdivisions: Harmony Hills, Harmony Hills No. 2 and 3, Harmony Knolls,Harmony High Park, Harmony Heights North, and Harmony Heights. Conservative estimates currently put the Harmony Hills population at around 1000.

Aside from its unique location near Chimney Rock and under the magnificent towering presence of Capitol Butte (a dome shaped mountain that stands 6,355 feet in elevation), and has been referred to as: Thunder Mountain, and Grayback — Harmony Hills has other outstanding features. With its sometimes hilly, sometimes rocky terrain, house setbacks often do not conform to rigid grid systems. Streets meander, front yards and gardens dot the landscape in interesting configurations, and stately old growth trees which abound here, flourish in all sorts of places, including the middle of some streets, like Concord Drive. Similarly, hundreds of native Arizona plants and shrubs thrive along roads and pathways. Noticeable, too, are underground utilities, a preponderance of front porches and a minimum number of garages. “Individuality” seems to be the key feature of this historic subdivision, with homeowners adding their own personal style and color to many of their dwellings.

Wildlife, too, is a fairly common sight. The howls of coyotes often punctuate the night’s pristine silence while daytime visitors like javelina can occasionally be seen plodding along down our streets at high noon. Although rare, black bear and mountain lion have been spotted from time to time. And birds of every feather flock together here as well. Hawks, falcons, ravens, cardinals, blue jays, hummingbirds, and migrating robins are just a few of the dozens of species that can be sighted in Harmony Hills.

But it is the Harmony Hills people who are the most interesting in their diversity. Anglo, Hispanic, African American, Asian, East Indian and Native American, they cross all cultural and economic barriers. Young families, teenagers, senior citizens, single professionals, small business owners, teachers, artists, writers, health administrators, service and hospitality employees, Ph.D’s, and construction workers all live side by side here. They know and appreciate the value of being able safely to walk their dogs, let their kids ride bicycles, or push baby strollers on the quiet and untrafficked Harmony streets. They appreciate the convenience of accessibility – to the library, grocery stores, post office, pharmacies, movie theaters, restaurants, salons, and city offices — all within a walking distance of their homes. And most importantly, they understand the immeasurable value of “neighborhood.”

Today, Harmony Hills is approaching its fiftieth anniversary … our “middle-age.” It is time for reflection, reassessment, re-energizing. And the neighbors of Harmony Hills are doing just that.

They have come together in the true spirit of community, identifying problems and needs and discussing ways to address them not only with a positive, constructive attitude but a dynamic and focused plan of action.

They are offering their time, their talent, their wisdom and their energy to not just improving their own beloved neighborhood but to make it a role model for other neighborhoods that wish to preserve and revitalize the Sedona lifestyle that we all love and cherish so dearly.

History of Harmony written by Cynthia V. Nasta, a 27 year resident of Harmony Hills,
with contribution from Andrea Del Gado  Copyright Cynthia V.Nasta

 

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