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There are plenty of Instagram and Facebook photos that highlight the typical South Florida lifestyle. The sun and the beach take center stage as the backdrop for family photos while escaping the winter cold. However, at Harbour Ridge, a different kind of Florida beauty compels your followers to hit the “love” button. It is rare to see this type of pristine “Old Florida” beauty combined with modern, state-of-the-art amenities and scenic nature. It is all mixed together to create the truly remarkable community that is Harbour Ridge. See what makes Harbour Ridge the ultimate photo-worthy destination:

Natural Beauty

Harbour Ridge is a certified Audubon community. It is meticulously designed to highlight Florida’s natural landscape within 885 acres and a two-mile-long riverline along the St. Lucie River. Whether you are at the National Geographic-worthy Rookery to see thousands of egrets taking flight at first light or exploring the nature trail along the riverfront, there are plenty of places to capture the essence of environmental preservation. Even on the golf course, players will see the beauty of the golden marshes and the quiet water of the river winding by the pristine course.

Birds flying from Rookery

Small-Town Charm

Harbour Ridge is located in the picturesque village-like city of Palm City and neighbors across the St. Lucie River from the city of Stuart. Stuart’s quaint and charming walkable historic downtown is filled with shopping, restaurants, a gorgeous waterfront, boutique hotels, and inns. This small-town charm immediately resonates with visitors and residents and can be easily explored by a quick water taxi ride across the St. Lucie River. Historic Downtown Stuart has garnered national attention as it was named winner of the 2020 Great Places in Florida award, as well as the 2016 Happiest Seaside Town in America.

Downtown Stuart sailfish fountain

Wide Open Spaces

Harbour Ridge is recognized for 20 years of certification as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, a testament to the community’s valiant efforts in local wildlife conservation and natural preservation. The Rookery proves that Florida’s wildlife lives alongside humanity at its own pace. Catching a glimpse of dolphins swimming by in the river, watching sandhill cranes stride across a green, or witnessing a bobcat peer out from behind a bush are frequent occurrences at Harbour Ridge. A collection of mangroves on the water’s edge, The Rookery serves as a shelter and feeding spot for many of Florida’s animals, but unique to this community is the abundance of egrets that take flight at sunrise and return every sunset.

Bobcat sitting on golf course

Most of the land area surrounding Harbour Ridge looks untouched by time. Driving around you will see undeveloped areas that are still filled with old Spanish Oak and other natural flora that perfectly depict the “Old Florida” beauty. Most of these untouched wooded areas are state nature preserves. For a length of the Treasure Coast beaches, you’ll be transported to a time before anyone touched the sands of Florida. It’s easy to find wide-open spaces and plenty of room to grab a piece of nature to yourself; something we’ve all found more valuable these days.

Harbour Ridge is the very best of waterfront, country club living. The heart and social epicenter of Harbour Ridge is our 45,000 square foot Clubhouse that is perfectly designed to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas of the picturesque St. Lucie River. Residents can also entertain themselves at the Lakeside Lifestyle Center. The state-of-the-art complex features signature spa services, a full-service salon and barbershop, physical therapy, a fitness pool with lap swimming, a spacious fitness center, and a tennis facility with nine Har-Tru tennis courts. Our two USGA recognized, championship golf courses, designed by Pete & P.B. Dye and Joe Lee, and redesigned by Bobby Weed in 2018, wind along the river and throughout our community offering breathtaking views – and Audubon certified! An active calendar of events informs resident members of the activities available throughout our community ranging from fishing and golf tournaments to waterfront dinners and multiple shared interest clubs who enjoy birding, cycling, tennis, and more!

Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club is the premier, private waterfront and golf community on Southeast Florida’s Treasure Coast. The “Private by Nature” waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes for the perfect place to live.

To learn more about the unique private club lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.

The Treasure Coast is surrounded by natural lands and refuges that offer plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities; but Harbour Ridge stands out from the rest and is every nature lover’s dream. Just recently, this private community was recognized for 20 years of certification as an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary and even received the Outstanding Florida Community Award. Members of this community continue to cherish this nature sanctuary, whether it be on a walking trail or on the river. They even assist local wildlife services with conservation efforts, such as protecting and caring for on-site wildlife. At Harbour Ridge, Florida’s wildlife lives alongside humanity at its own pace.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 8 reasons why nature lovers should call Harbour Ridge home—

1. The Unmatched Rookery

This large collection of mangroves is home to an abundance of egrets and other birds, making it a superior area for bird watching…it’s where the birds fly out in the morning and return at night at the same times, just like clockwork. This spot is an absolute favorite of the Harbour Ridge Birders Club!

2. Picturesque Waterfront Trails

Residents have access to miles and miles of nature trails coursing through the community and a majority of them have a waterfront view. The most prominent is the two-mile River Side Trail along the St. Lucie River. These paths are surrounded by wetlands and lakes, including scenic Mile Lake, that are bursting with active native wildlife.

3. A Preserve Within a Sanctuary

Very, very few communities can say they have an Eagle Preserve on their property and Harbour Ridge is one of them. This Audubon-certified preserve is of comprised of 35 acres within the Golden Marsh course, where two Southern Bald Eagles nested for many years and their nest is still intact.

4. Waterfront Clubhouse that Captures the Magic

The Clubhouse offers panoramic views of the St. Lucie River and is tucked under the large Spanish Oaks that gives residents the feeling of being outside while inside. While enjoying a sunset dinner, the nightly entertainment is often provided by the Harbour Ridge wildlife.

5. An Aquatic Kingdom Awaits

The community is nestled on the North Fork of the mile-wide St. Lucie River. This part of the Indian River Lagoon system is the most diverse estuarine environments in North America. There’s almost a guarantee you’ll spot some type of wildlife activity while on the river, whether that be a manatee visiting the surface or an osprey fishing for a snack.

6. The Nautical Haven

Three marinas, easy access to the Florida Waterways, and just 55 miles from the Bahamas— it’s no wonder that Harbour Ridge is the ultimate address for boaters. This community not only gives members the opportunity to indulge in nature on land, but also on the water with endless access.

7. Get Up Close and Personal with Nature

Boating isn’t the only way to experience the peaceful intercoastal waterways, at Harbour Ridge, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding are two very popular activities. Both activities make is easy to explore the wildlife on the river being as they can effortlessly venture through the mangrove-shoreline. Plus, there is a member-run Kayak Club!

8. Golf That Celebrates Its Surroundings

Members can play a round of golf alongside a sandhill crane as it strides across the green. Many of the fairways are surrounded by long freshwater lakes, which can be unfortunate for golfers, but an absolute joy for nature enthusiasts looking for wildlife. Both championship golf courses are even certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

This private community truly is the place to live for nature lovers. Not only is it filled with wildlife, but it is also home with many other outdoor enthusiasts and even several nature-related member-run clubs within the community to be a part of. With so many different ways to explore the outdoors, there is always an opportunity to enjoy Florida’s natural wildlife.

Discover the Treasure Coast’s Best Kept Secret

Harbour Ridge is the best of the best.

There is a place for everyone with 28 different “villages” within the community. Each “village” is different and unique as residences range from single family homes, to condominiums and estate homes. The heart and social epicenter of the community is the 45,000 square foot Clubhouse that is perfectly designed to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas of the picturesque St. Lucie River. Residents also can entertain themselves at the recently opened Lakeside Amenities Center. The state-of-the-art complex features signature spa services, a full-service salon and barbershop, physical therapy, aquatic center with lap swimming, and a spacious fitness and the tennis facility with nine Har-Tru tennis courts. The two championship golf courses, designed by Pete and P.B. Dye and Joe Lee, wind along the river with breathtaking views throughout the entire courses and are even Audubon certified. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

Harbour Ridge is one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live; members and residents alike enjoy the well-rounded Florida lifestyle that it offers.

To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community. You may also contact Harbour Ridge Realty at 772.336.1800.