Babcock Ranch is and has been a place of possibility, a place where the lure of the land has been irresistible, a place for visionaries to embrace and fulfill their dreams.
Babcock, EST. 1914
Babcock is steeped in the McAdow family’s late 19th century visions of warmer climates and an easier way of living. The property, purchased in 1914 and held by the Babcock family for more than 90 years, was sold to Town Maker Kitson & Partners in 2006. Babcock Ranch has always held an allure all its own, a unique magnetism that has captivated forward thinking individuals who appreciate the uniqueness of the place.
2006 Land Purchase
On July 31, 2006, Kitson & Partners completed its purchase of Babcock Ranch from the Babcock family. On the same day, Kitson closed a $350 million deal with the State of Florida and Lee County for the largest single land preservation agreement in the state’s history. The agreement preserved 74,000 acres of the property, allowed ranching operations to continue, and provided Kitson with 17,000 acres, an area the size of Manhattan, for development. The transaction was crafted by Kitson & Partners Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson and required him to satisfy more than three dozen members of the Babcock family, the state, two counties, and numerous environmental groups.
What Are We Doing For The Environment?
Restoration of Historical Green Ways
Maintenance of Surface Water Quality
Ecological Restoration of Disturbed Uplands
Functional Habitat Design for Wildlife
Enhancement of Wildlife Corridors
Habitat for Panther Migration