- June 2, 2020
Babcock Ranch, billed as the country’s first solar-powered town, has surpassed the 2,000-homes sold milestone.
The community, developed by Kitson & Partners, hit the mark by selling 714 homes in 2021, according to a statement. The community ranked No. 14 on the RCLCO Real Estate Advisors fastest-selling master-planned community list for 2021, the release adds.
“This is a significant milestone from a development perspective and for the 2,000 families who were looking for a better way of life and found it at Babcock Ranch,” Kitson & Partners Chair and CEO Syd Kitson says in the release. “They understand the vision and recognized Babcock Ranch as an authentic hometown that emphasizes people, community and a healthy lifestyle.”
Encompassing 18,000-acres, Babcock Ranch is planned for 19,500 residences and 6 million square feet of commercial space. Construction activity continues to accelerate to meet demands with new homes, neighborhoods, amenities and facilities introducing the next phase of the town’s development. Half of Babcock Ranch’s footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.
The completion of the 82,640-square-foot Crescent B Commons shopping center last fall brought a Publix, restaurants and professional services to residents, with more businesses opening in the coming months. Also under construction are the state-of-the-art Babcock High School, planned to open for the 2022-23 school year, and a one-story field house, which will serve as an emergency shelter and a recreation center for school and community activities. “Providing shopping, education and recreation close to home is important to the Babcock vision as a vibrant, sustainable community filled with possibilities,” said Kitson.
Named Master Planned Community of the Year by the Lee Building Industry Association for a second consecutive year in 2021, Babcock Ranch offers homes from AR Homes by Arthur Rutenberg, Divco Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes and WCI. Additional neighborhoods by D.R. Horton and Toll Brothers are coming soon. Built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, homes emphasize energy and water conservation and offer a full gig of fiber-optic connectivity.
Babcock Ranch is northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31.