Kitson & Partners announced that Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town, has surpassed 1,500 homes sold. With sales surging by 61% for the first half of the year, Babcock Ranch also jumped nine spots to the No. 25 position in the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2021 by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors.
“The hometown feel of Babcock Ranch continues to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers,” said Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “Our focus on health and wellness, commitment to sustainability, and advances in technology and innovation all contribute to making our vibrant community not only a destination but also a hometown.”
As the demand for residential homes in master-planned communities remains high, Babcock Ranch is looking to have another strong gain in home sales by the close of 2021, with new neighborhoods introduced later this year to meet buyer demand. Residents will also soon enjoy new retail offerings at Crescent B Commons, the 82,640-square-foot Publix-anchored shopping center at a new entrance to Babcock Ranch slated to open in September. Publix is expected to open in mid- to late-September.
Additional developments throughout the community include the construction of the highly anticipated Babcock High School, a new state-of-the-art, project-based learning destination at Babcock Ranch. A new one-story field house, under construction on the school campus, will serve as both an emergency shelter and a recreation center for school and community activities; the 40,600-square-foot facility is being built to International Code Council 500 standards for storm shelters and will accommodate up to 1,343 occupants.
“As Babcock Ranch continues to grow, we are excited to offer our residents and neighbors in the area a broad spectrum of services – from education and recreation spaces to additional options for shopping and dining,” added Kitson.
Ranked as Southwest Florida’s top master-planned community based on Metrostudy data for single-family home annual starts in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, Babcock Ranch was also named 2020 Master-Planned Community of the Year by the Lee Building Industry Association.
Created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand, half of the town’s footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district. Babcock National brings golf to Babcock Ranch with an 18-hole Gordon Lewis-designed course as the centerpiece of Lennar’s new lifestyle community.
Babcock Ranch offers homes from seven home builders in seven neighborhoods with more than 50 home design options ranging from 1,120 to more than 4,000 square feet. Homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike, with prices ranging from the $200,000s to over $1.5 million. Built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, homes emphasize energy and water conservation and offer a full gig of fiber-optic connectivity.
Within Babcock Ranch’s welcoming neighborhoods, more than two dozen model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Divco Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, and WCI.
For more information about Southwest Florida’s new Solar hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Woodlea Hall Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch.