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Business Observer Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 2 years ago

Solar-powered town ranked a top master-planned community

The Babcock Ranch chief operations officer says the community has seen more than $140 million in home contracts.

BABCOCK RANCH – The Southwest Florida town that bills itself as one of the country’s first to be powered by solar was ranked as the region’s top master-planned community.

Analysis of the Southwest Florida housing market through June shows Babcock Ranch as the region’s leader by more than 20%, with 295 annual starts, according to a press release. The research was conducted by Metrostudy, a provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry.

“Babcock Ranch’s variety and value has translated into more than $140 million in home contracts,” says Al Dougherty, chief operations officer for Babcock Ranch, in a statement.

Babcock Ranch, located northeast of Fort Myers off State Road 31, was created by Kitson & Partners, with half of the town’s 18,000-acre footprint set aside for greenways, parks and lakes. The town’s 11 homebuilders offer 50 home designs ranging in price from $189,999 to more than $1 million.

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