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, Fla. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Babcock Ranch residents and neighbors now have a new place for easy and convenient shopping at the newly completed Publix Super Market in the Crescent B Commons shopping…Read More
Annual school grade cards provide a boost to morale as the new school year kicks off Babcock Ranch, Florida – The 2020-21 school year is likely to go down in history as one of…Read More
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (July 13, 2021) – Babcock Ranch has jumped up 10 spots in six months to the No. 24 position in the country’s 50 top-selling master-planned communities of 2021 by RCLCO Real Estate…Read More
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. (July 19, 2021) – Site construction is underway for the highly anticipated Babcock High School, a new state-of-the-art, project-based learning destination at Babcock Ranch for students in 9th through 12th grades. The…Read More