BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2019) – Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town located just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, is ranked Southwest Florida’s top master-planned community based on Metrostudy data on single-family home annual starts in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties.
The 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 Metrostudy, a leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry.“With 11 of the area’s top homebuilders and pricing starting under $200,000, Babcock Ranch’s variety and value has translated into more than $140 million in home contracts,” said Al Dougherty, chief operations officer for Babcock Ranch.
“Babcock Ranch offers homebuyers an inventory of ‘quick move-in’ homes, the availability of autonomous transportation, and integrated smart home technology, which Metrostudy identified as emerging trends in the new home market,” said Dougherty. “We look forward to a strong second half of the year, as well.”
Babcock Ranch was 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 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.
Emphasizing a front-porch lifestyle to nurture a sense of community, Babcock Ranch promotes healthy living through a walkable community plan with 50 miles of planned biking and hiking trails, the 4.5-acre Jack Peeples Park with tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, interconnected lakes for paddling enthusiasts, a robust calendar of exercise classes, and the Healthy Life Center managed by Lee Health at Founder’s Square, with health club facilities, nutrition counseling, therapeutic services and medical offices.
Table & Tap restaurant, Slater’s Goods & Provisions, Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Curry Creek Outfitters, and Babcock Neighborhood School welcomed the greater community to Founder’s Square even before the arrival of the town’s first residents. Founder’s Square is also home to Bloom Academy, offering infant care through VPK, and The Hatchery and Hive co-working classroom and meeting spaces.
A sprawling downtown park offers a lakefront bandshell, boardwalk, covered pavilions, and charging stations for electronics, including cars. An autonomous shuttle – part of the town’s mobility plan – provides transportation between homes and Founder’s Square. And with plans to expand into On Demand services, goods delivery and hourly/daily car rentals within the next year, Babcock Ranch will continue offering compelling mobility solutions that reduce the need for car ownership in the new town.
Babcock Ranch has 11 homebuilders offering more than 50 home designs for nearly every lifestyle, from condominiums to villas to single-family estates ranging from 1,107 to more than 4,000
square feet.Homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike, with prices ranging from $189,999 to more than $1 million. Homes are built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, emphasizing energy and water conservation, and offer a full gigabyte of fiber-optic connectivity.
More than two dozen model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Divco Custom Homes, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pulte Homes, Solara Homes, Stock Classic Homes and WCI. Many models are open for viewing daily.
Babcock National, a new golf and lifestyle community within Babcock Ranch, will feature 18 of Lennar’s most popular home designs offering 1,120 to 3,473 square feet of living space. A mix of multi-family and single-family homes, including condominiums, luxury coach homes, executive homes and estate-style designs, will incorporate innovative design details and Lennar’s signature Everything’s Included® program that provides customers with a high level of standard features already included in the home price. Homes at Babcock National start from $189,999.
For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Discovery Center inside Woodlea Hall at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit www.BabcockRanch.com.