BABCOCK RANCH — The pandemic has done little to slow down the sales momentum at Babcock Ranch, a community in Charlotte and Lee counties billed as America’s first solar-powered town.
The community, northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31 and developed by Kitson & Partners, surpassed 800 new homes sold in late August. The community reached 700 homes sold two months ago, according to a statement, and recently earned a spot on RCLCO Real Estate Advisor’s Top 50 list, ranking No. 39 among the country’s top-selling master-planned communities.
"So many homebuyers have reprioritized their preferences, and Babcock Ranch’s wide-open spaces, extensive nature preserves, and our overall focus on health and wellness are bringing more buyers to our new hometown,” says Kitson & Partners Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson in the statement. “Whether they are raising families or choosing a place to enjoy an active retirement, the homes and lifestyle of Babcock Ranch offer the amenities and designs today’s buyers are seeking.
Babcock Ranch began marketing new homes in 2017, with the first residents moving into the town in January 2018. Today, Babcock Ranch offers homes from nine homebuilders in seven neighborhoods, the release states. Half the town’s 18,000-acre 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.
Kitson & Partners also recently announced infrastructure construction had begun at Crescent B Commons, the Publix-anchored shopping center at a new Babcock Ranch entrance, south of the existing entrance with the signature Babcock Ranch bridge.