They will come, suggests the 1989 baseball-oriented movie, “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner.
That’s certainly what real estate firm Kitson & Partners must have thought when they first purchased 18,000 acres of Florida Gulf shore properties, later named Babcock Ranch , and then started to build an ecofriendly, net zero energy, solar-powered town.
But it hasn’t been all sun and games. The land purchase took place in 2006. Less than a year later, the entire project crashed along with the nation’s housing market. Even bucolic Charlotte County, located between Fort Myers and Sarasota, couldn’t handle the challenge.
Fast forward to November of 2015, and the project – comprised of ultra-efficient homes and a utility-scale in-house solar power plant – takes hold. And where better to hold than the favorite location of Florida’s birdwatchers (three wildlife conservation preserves), pristine beaches (Manasota Key), a handful of small but scenic, unspoiled state parks, the 85-acre Worden organic farm, and TEAM Punta Gorda, which mixes bicycling camaraderie and community gardens.
Babcock Ranch named 2021 Edison Awards finalist: International competition honors game changing innovations
BABCOCK RANCH, FL – Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town located in Southwest Florida, is among an elite group of finalists for the 2021 Edison Awards – an annual competition honoring the world’s top innovations…Read More
Guests at the Babcock Ranch Art Show can enjoy fresh air fun while being inspired by the work of more than 50 exceptional juried artists on Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…Read More
Babcock Ranch posts highest year-over-year increase among RCLCO’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2020
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2021) – Babcock Ranch was named among the county’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2020 by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors, with 540 home sales propelling America’s first solar-powered town to…Read More
Babcock Ranch leads Charlotte, Lee and Collier master planned communities in country’s top 50 list of 2020
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2021) – Babcock Ranch leads the list of best-selling communities in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties, ranking 34th on John Burns Real Estate Consulting’s list of the 2020’s top 50…Read More
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2021) – Luke Kenzik has been named Community Manager of the Babcock Ranch Residential Association. A Florida State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Kenzik is a certified…Read More