Babcock Ranch, a planned solar-powered community located 20 minutes from Fort Myers along the Southwest Florida coast, will feature a sustainable designed community nestled in its natural environment. The new development will begin construction on homes sometime this summer. Residents will be able to move into the community early next year. When the development is completed, all of the neighborhood’s energy needs will be pulled from a solar power plant that will supply the community with renewable energy. Billed as an eco-city, the Babcock Ranch Preserve is one of the largest single purchases of conservation land in Florida’s history.
Babcock Ranch will incorporate 50 miles of nature trails and walking paths winding through the community. Babcock Ranch will offer a choice of housing options, including condos, and large single-family homes with prices beginning from the low $200,000’s. Babcock Ranch straddles Lee and Charlotte counties. The builders will use sustainable building materials. The first two neighborhoods will be centered around one of the lakes, and will feature 700 single-family homes, 70 townhome villas, and 330 condos all within walking distance of the town center. Babcock Ranch amenities will feature community pools, fishing docks, barbeque grill areas, a dog park, and playgrounds. The home designs will encompass both traditional and contemporary architectural styles, including craftsman, Spanish, farmhouse, and colonial West Indies. Plans include a public elementary school, a downtown with restaurants and shops, hiking trails, and lakes for kayaking.
Florida real estate developer, Syd Kitson, a former Pro football player who is backing the planned community, expects all of its energy to come from solar power. Kitson hopes to make Babcock Ranch the first solar town in America. When the sun shines, electricity from the solar power plant will flow directly to Babcock Ranch, with the excess power being fed back into the grid to provide power to residents at night or on cloudy days. Kitson hopes to make Babcock Ranch a sustainable, innovative and health-focused community. This will be the first phase of Florida’s first solar powered town of 19,500 residents by the end of summer.
Phase One of the plans includes Florida green build-certified homes with eco-options, like solar rooftops, native landscapes and gray water irrigation systems, a health center with tele-health services, fishing, and camping areas, walkable schools, and locally grown produce. The homes will feature front porches, and mixed price ranges in each neighborhood. Homebuilders who have signed up for Phase One include WCI, Stock Development, and Homes by Towne, Fox Custom Homes, KTS Homes and Stellar Living Homes.