New Town in Florida-Babcock Ranch

By
Real Estate Agent SL3287291

It is rare to find a new town formed. But Florida now has a new town. It in not a development but a town.

Babcock Ranch is a New Sustainable Town in Southwest Florida.

About 20 minutes North of Fort Myers surrounded in natural beauty is the world's First Solar-Powered Town.

All the homes built here must conform to the town design of Florida style homes. In addition, all homes must have a Florida Green Building Coalition Certification.

The town offers many amenities that would not be found in most places. The town has been planned around shared natural spaced that run through the town.

Residents and guests are able to canoe, kayak and paddle board. There are playgrounds and a fishing dock.

You can enjoy fitness classes, boardwalk, dog parks and great hiking trails.

A feature that will be a great pleasure for many is the community gardens. They also host a variety of events for the entertainment of all.

Downtown you will enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses.

You can meet your friends for coffee at a market cafe. You can hold meetings at the Hatchery, a place that could incubate many new businesses.

In the Fall of 2017  the town will open their charter school for students through grade six. This will expand upward in grades in the coming years.

Babcock Ranch has 18,000 acres and is adjacent to a large wilderness preserve.

I was so impressed with the 75 MW Solar farm. This solar farm will provide the power needs for the community. 

If you took the solar panels and placed them end to end they would stretch from the Ranch to Chicago.

There are 5 builders that are providing a great selection of styles of homes that should meet most needs.

Single family homes start in the mid $300,000's. There will be Twin villas that will be priced under $200,000.

You will find more information and videos of Babcock Ranch here:  Babcock Ranch the Sustainable New Town.

 

I am excited about this new town being in my area. I have toured it and gone through the models. It is impressive!

I keep up to date on what is impacting the Real Estate world in Southwest Florida in order to serve the consumer with up to the minute market information.

For more information on Southwest Florida take a look here:

John Wiley-Mr-Florida-Realestate

 

 

Comments (43)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is really cool...pretty exciting! I look forward to hearing more about Babcock Ranch.

Jun 24, 2017 10:19 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I thank you for your taking time to comment on Babcock Ranch.

I do hope to post updates from time to time.

 

Jun 24, 2017 10:38 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

How interesting that there was enough land to set aside and the support to do this. Sounds a wonderful project and looks delightful from your photo. How are sales and how do the public perceive it?

Jun 27, 2017 08:04 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 thanks for your comments.

Sales are good and people are already enjoying living there.

Babcock Ranch has a lot of special events that attracts a lot of people.

It is a great addition to Southwest Florida.

Jun 27, 2017 10:00 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi John!  How many square feet are these homes? I mean, that price is unbelievable and I could TOTALLY live there - at least during off-season here! That is one fascinating community - I love it!

Jun 28, 2017 08:27 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debe Maxwell, CRS I agree that Babcock Ranch is a very fascinating town.

There are 5 different builders in the community. Each have a selection of models to choose from. They offer homes that range from 1850 square feet to over 4000. The price goes from mid $300,000 to over $750,000.

This new town would be a super place to have a second home for your enjoyment.

Thanks for your comments.

 

Jun 29, 2017 03:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, how cool - and Babcock Ranch does sound like a place buyers should check out prior to making final decisions on a location.

Jul 03, 2017 05:52 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Joan, thanks for sharing your insights. I agree, that Buyers should take a good look at what Babcock Ranch has to offer before they make a decision on another area. There is so much offered.

Jul 03, 2017 07:30 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

WOW! Sustainable AND affordable! This is just such a cool concept and wonder how long it will take to get up to North Carolina, John?!

Happy Wednesday!

Jul 12, 2017 09:12 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debe, it is not often that there is enough suitable land available to develop a new town. That in and of itself is remarkable to find that here.

I am confident that the Green Wave will soon come to your part of the country.

Solar power is affected by the amount of sunshine available. That is one reason that Florida can make use of this resource. 

Jul 12, 2017 09:17 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

John

Babock Ranch in Southwest Florida will become a protype for new towns.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludiwg

Jul 15, 2017 07:07 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

A new community...how much fun is that to market !  Just say WOW !

Jul 24, 2017 05:30 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Yes, it is fun and I am learning about new elements of the town every day.

We are talking "Future".

Jul 24, 2017 11:15 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

John

Babcock Ranch in Southwest be a successful new town.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 28, 2017 08:10 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Lou, Babcock Ranch is growing every day and they continue to add new amenities also.

Jul 29, 2017 05:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

This new town sounds so intriguing! It would make a great series with the new additions and amenities. I hope you get lots of calls!

Aug 10, 2017 06:24 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Patricia, you gave me a great idea. There is so much going on with Babcock Ranch, I could write a lot about it.

Thanks for sharing.

Aug 10, 2017 05:54 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

John Wiley - you can be the spokesperson, the point of contact for people moving  to Babcock! I can't wait to read what you write. 

Aug 11, 2017 03:11 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

John, how exciting is THIS??? A whole new town that is GREEN and has all of these cool amenities...I didn't know something like this was even possible--let alone in Florida of all places. (North Dakota, maybe...haha).

Oct 04, 2017 02:26 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate it is rather exciting to see this new town actually come out of the ground. When you tour it gets you pumped.

More news to follow.

Thanks for commenting.

Oct 04, 2017 03:42 PM