by Scott Meadows
on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 3:05pm.
Babcock Ranch Punta Gorda, Florida
One of the most innovative new communities in Southwest Florida is renowned not only for its abundant amenities that far surpass those of many other surrounding areas, but also for its never-ending vision and measured achievement in producing a more sustainable lifestyle for new homebuyers. Found just to the north of Fort Myers, the massive solar-powered town of Babcock Ranch is still under construction, yet already more and more potential buyers are being lured to the area by its exciting collection of new homes Southwest Florida, paired with a unique lifestyle that you simply won’t find in any other new home community out there.
The new town is strongly dedicated to such things as water efficiency and solar energy, plus a sustainable lifestyle, incorporating green building standards into all of its homes and structures. Eventually more than 19,000 homes will grace the town, with designs reflective of not only a more environmentally and sustainable lifestyle, but also producing Babcock Ranch homes for sale that are designed to bring neighbors together, with more friendly design features of generations past, such as the large front porches.
Priced starting from the low $200,000s, the homes for sale in Babcock Ranch come from a select number of chosen homebuilders, including such well-known companies as Lennar, Pulte Homes, Stock and Solara Homes. There are also options from companies including Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premiere Builders and Homes by Towne.
Model homes are already open in Lake Timber, the town’s very first official neighborhood. There are also homes going up in the Trail’s Edge neighborhood of Babcock Ranch, and in Parkside, presenting even more options for potential buyers only just discovering this uniquely designed new community and town. A new option in the future is Babcock National, a brand new golf community coming to Babcock Ranch from Lennar.
In total, the Babcock Ranch homes for sale right now will someday be joined by thousands of additional homes and several more expected businesses, as the nation’s first such master-planned, solar-powered town continues to grow and evolve. Babcock Ranch is already home to two school buildings, with “greenSTEAM”-based education that allows young students to collaborate with area business owners, gaining first hand knowledge of issues that directly impact the community, including health and wellness, lessons in the promotion of clean renewable energy and in the farm-to-table movement.
Community gardens allow residents of Babcock Ranch to generate their own locally sourced food, yet another environmentally friendly feature of the town. Specially designed solar trees double as art and technology, able to be used as charging stations for handheld devices in addition to providing unique additions to the town’s design.
Offering up a central gathering place for Babcock Ranch residents and guests, Founder’s Square is the true social hub of the town. Overlooking Lake Babcock, it’s the place slated for celebrations, live music and planned events, as well as just a place to simply take a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the interesting surroundings. You’ll also find things like coffee shops in the town, a market and café, plus a uniquely designed co-working and office space dubbed The Hatchery.
The very first option in dining for the town is a lakefront restaurant called Table & Tap, offering up the opportunity to enjoy views right on the lakefront, while dining and testing out selections from local brewers and farm-to-table dining opportunities. Meanwhile, there’s also now an ice cream shop and a juice bar.
These varied options join retail stores and even a health and wellness center in the town, further advancing the location’s overall theme of promoting sustainable living and wellness at every opportunity. Babcock Ranch is also in the planning stages of developing environmentally friendly new transportation options throughout the town, with shared bikes already available, plus self-driving, electric shuttles. Plans even call for on-demand self-driving car service sometime in the future, allowing the town to live up to its lofty goal of making everything you want and need within a short walk, bike ride or even electric-powered vehicle ride away from your home.
It is also a master-planned “smart city”, with standard gigabit internet presented in every home built in the town. Much more than just a town of the future, Babcock Ranch is reinventing they design of a traditional master-planned community into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place to live.
From its solar facility to its uniquely appointed businesses and a large amount of shared green space, Babcock Ranch presents a more unique and original lifestyle for those searching for new homes in Southwest Florida. This fast expanding community continues to push ahead with more new homes and more opportunities for its existing residents and for the thousands of projected new residents who will someday call the town home.
With room for around 19,000 homes and an estimated 50,000 residents, Babcock Ranch is not only large in size, but is also large when it comes to a visionary outlook for the future of master-planned communities in Southwest Florida and possibly even elsewhere across the nation in the coming years.