Solara Homes, the newest addition to Babcock Ranch’s builder lineup, is now accepting contracts for new townhomes in the world’s first solar-powered town located just northeast of Fort Myers on Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31.
The first phase of Solara Home’s 25 contemporary-design townhomes will be located in the Lake Timber neighborhood directly in front of Lake Babcock and across from Founder’s Square and Table & Tap Restaurant.
Solara Home’s light-filled, open-design townhomes will emphasize a connection to outdoor living at Babcock Ranch, with large windows and French doors opening to private garden courtyards and patios. Entertainment-enhancing options will include pools, spas, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits. Additional options include net metered solar power, hurricane safe rooms, a full guest cottage with kitchen and bath, backup generators, and a home gym and sauna.
The two-story Kensington design features a loft-style family room and offers two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in 1,756 square feet of living space. The 1,992-square-foot Canterbury boasts a first-floor master suite with a private outdoor shower, a powder room off the great room, two second floor bedrooms with a bath, and a 350-square-foot open rooftop terrace.
Solara Homes’ two-car garage townhomes will start at $395,000. Construction will begin in November, with a model and townhomes scheduled for completion in March.
“The first time I visited Babcock Ranch, I was impressed by Syd Kitson’s vision and excited by the developing sense of community,” said Harry Bandinel, president of Solara’s parent company, Banroc Corporation. “Solara Homes’ goal is to design and build unique homes that stay true to Babcock Ranch’s green and sustainable mission.”
Solara Homes also will offer four single-family home designs in the northwest side of the town’s Lake Timber neighborhood. Each home is designed around a large 1,200-square-foot totally private garden courtyard that can be optioned with a pool, spa, fire pit, or full outdoor kitchen and entertainment center. Options include a guest cottage with a stand-alone backup generator, oversized garage, and shed with a dedicated vegetable garden. Featuring direct views of Lake Babcock, homes with 1,600 to 3,000 square feet of living space will be offered starting at $395,000. Construction on a single-family home model will begin in November.
Babcock Ranch was created by Kitson & Partners with respect for the natural environment and the philosophy that smart growth and sustainability work hand in hand. Half of the town’s 18,000-acre footprint is set aside as greenways, parks and expansive lakes, providing recreation and scenic backdrops for Babcock Ranch’s homes and the Founder’s Square downtown district.
Emphasizing a front-porch lifestyle to nurture a sense of community, Babcock Ranch promotes healthy living through a walkable community plan, 50 miles of planned biking and hiking trails, interconnected lakes for paddling enthusiasts, a robust calendar of exercise classes, and the Healthy Life Center managed by Lee Health at Founder’s Square, with health club facilities, nutrition counseling, therapeutic services, and medical offices opening in late summer.
Table & Tap restaurant, Slater’s Goods and Provisions, Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery, Curry Creek Outfitters, and Babcock Neighborhood School welcomed the greater community to Founder’s Square even before the arrival of the town’s first residents in early January. A sprawling downtown park offers a lakefront bandshell, boardwalk, covered pavilions, and charging stations for electronics, including cars. An autonomous shuttle – part of the town’s mobility plan – provides transportation between homes and Founder’s Square. And with plans to expand into On Demand services, goods delivery, and hourly/daily car rentals within the next year, Babcock Ranch will continue offering compelling mobility solutions that reduce the need for car ownership in the new town.
Babcock Ranch has seven homebuilders offering more than 50 home designs including twin villas, cottages, single-family executive, manor and custom homes featuring one- and two-story plans, two to six bedrooms, and 1,400 to 4,761 square feet of living space. Homes appeal to young millennials, families, empty nesters and retirees alike, with prices ranging from the $190,000s to $1 million. Homes are built to Florida Green Building Coalition standards, emphasizing energy and water conservation, and offer a full gigabyte of fiber-optic connectivity.
More than 30 model and quick-delivery homes are now open or under construction by Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders, Homes by Towne, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Solara Homes by Banroc, and Stock Classic Homes. Many models are open for viewing daily.
For more information about Southwest Florida’s new hometown, located just northeast of Fort Myers off Babcock Ranch Road/State Road 31, visit the Discovery Center at 42850 Crescent Loop in Babcock Ranch, call 877-709-6620, or visit www.BabcockRanch.com.
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