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A New Version of “Home Place”January 13, 2017
As construction of Phase I of the Downtown District and furnished models in the Lake Timber neighborhood at Babcock Ranch continues to progress as planned, Master Developer Kitson & Partners’ unique brand of place making is becoming evident.
Kitson’s vision for Babcock Ranch has been designed to appeal to the passion for a better, more fulfilling, more deeply connected life that resides in people of all ages. Places that offer a real opportunity to experience and know that joy firsthand have been incorporated into every facet of Babcock’s design.
Future Life at Babcock Ranch
Children will know the freedom and the joy of finding special “hidden” places along Babcock’s 50-mile network of trails, climbing a particularly tall tree for the first time, racing their bikes to beat their friends to a favored fishing hole, stopping at the ice cream shop on their way home from school, playing ball in the park, enjoying a backyard camp out, or spending an afternoon at the Lake House neighborhood pool and recreation center.
Parents will know they are part of a neighborhood and a town where other adults know their children by name and watch out for them. They will enjoy impromptu front porch conversations and pot-luck barbecues with neighbors, spending an hour or so working in the neighborhood garden, enjoying a hike, bike ride, kayaking on Lake Babcock, or attending a concert on the lakefront green at Founder’s Square followed by dinner at the adjacent Table & Tap restaurant.
Empty nesters and retirees will appreciate recalling a simpler time and place where neighbors knowing and caring for their neighbors was a valued tradition. Time spent with aspiring and rejuvenated entrepreneurs in the Hatchery’s Encore Career Center and at the Wellness Center will revitalize the mind and body while providing opportunities to socialize and connect with others.
Our Most Important Resource: Time
There is another facet to Babcock’s design that provides the greatest gift of all: time. Even as they live immersed in nature, the town’s neighborhoods will be in walkable or bikeable proximity to the Downtown District’s stores, shops, markets, restaurants, Wellness Center, and Encore Career Center. Children attending BNS can walk or ride their bikes to and from school. Time normally lost sitting in traffic during shopping trips or waiting in the afternoon school pick-up line will be transformed into time available for individual pursuits or connecting with family members and friends. Whether it be the neighborhood recreation center, a park or lakefront green space, the neighborhood garden, a trail head or kayak launch, the places Kitson has created for people to enjoy at Babcock Ranch are literally within minutes. The availability of additional time will contribute to Babcock’s low stress, high touch way of living that puts a premium on personal fulfillment, connecting with others on a personal level, and creating the memories that will forever be attached to one’s Home Place. Furthermore, every home and business at Babcock Ranch will be wired with ultra-high speed internet service capable of sending an email, downloading a song or movie, conducting a content search, or completing an on-line purchase literally within seconds.
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