Babcock Ranch-Town of the Future

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Babcock Ranch is the world's first solar powered town.

Babcock Ranch is not just on the drawing board, it is a reality.

Not only does this new town have seven builders who have homes ready to live in, but the town opened it's own school.

 

Babcock Neighborhood School opened on August 10, 2017'

First Day at Babcock Neighborhood School. This is a great video of opening day and children coming to school, you also get an aerial view of some of the town.

This new town has set out to be self-sufficient and it is not waiting for it all to be in the future.

 The school is a free public K-8 charter school. Since Florida has an Open Enrollment law, out of district students are allowed to apply.

Each following year they plan to add another grade level.

Babcock Ranch is projecting to have over 19,000 residences and a population over 50,000 people.

So, the town is providing a great educational option for the families.

The town is built on the concept of providing clean renewable energy which includes Florida Green Building Coalition certified buildings.

Students of the school will have a first hand look the 75 MW solar farm and will gain an understanding of eco-stewardship.

The seven builders give potential home owners some great choices in size and style of home that will best fit their needs.

All the homes are built with sustainability in mind. This means that residents will have a greener way of life that is affordable and effortless.

The town has community wide standards. All homes at Babcock Ranch must receive a Bronze Standard of Certification or higher from the Florida Green Building Coalition.

For more information on Babcock Ranch and other Builders in the Fort Myers area,Builders in Fort Myers Area.

Comments (38)

John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Yes, Jane, it is impressive and is bringing the future into the now.

The town is surrounded by thousands of acres of preserve which gives an almost rural feel to the town.

Thanks for commenting.

Nov 04, 2017 02:16 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Interesting and perhaps it can serve as a model for other communities as well.

Nov 08, 2017 05:13 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Yes, I think we will see a growing concern for resource efficiency in homes across the country.

It will be interesting to watch this town progress and to see what notice it gets.

Thanks for commenting.

Nov 08, 2017 05:58 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, sounds like a very forward thinking city, and nice to see it has opened! 

Nov 08, 2017 06:30 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Thanks for posting this, John. I had never heard of Babcock Ranch. I have to look this up to see exactly where this is. You said it's surrounded by preserve? 

Nov 11, 2017 06:58 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Barbara Altieri Babcock Ranch is part of a 91,000 acre plot. 73,000 acres were sold to the state for creation of Babcock Ranch Preserve. So the town has 18,000 acres.

Thanks for commenting.

Nov 12, 2017 04:17 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is just wonderful, I hope Babcock Ranch can be a prototype for neighborhoods all over the country. Keep us post on the progress, John. D 

Nov 21, 2017 09:09 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Debb. I do believe that as the Energy Efficiency for homes becomes more wide spread, Babcock Ranch will be a model for other communities.

I find out new things at the Ranch all the time and will keep everyone posted.

Nov 21, 2017 10:01 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! I just popped over to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Nov 23, 2017 06:54 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Debe Maxwell, CRS thank you so much for your Thanksgiving wishes.

I trust you and yours will find rest, peace and great enjoyment on this day as we give Thanks. We really are so Blessed and have much to give Thanks for.

Nov 23, 2017 07:51 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

John, very impressive to have the first solar powered town.

Nov 24, 2017 07:10 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Rebecca. It is not often that we have an opportunity to have a world's first in our backyard. It is an exciting town and I want to be a part of helping the consumer understand what is available for them as they consider their next home.

Nov 25, 2017 03:26 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John, what a great concept, I have heard this idea in different parts of the country, clearly you guys are ahead of the curve, Endre

Nov 25, 2017 07:38 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for commenting Endre.

I believe there is a Green Wave coming to the country as people seek Energy Efficient homes and Babcock Ranch is showing us the way.

Nov 26, 2017 03:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi John

This is pretty impressive but not surprising. No doubt there will be more to follow. Keep us posted on how things develop!

Jeff

Nov 26, 2017 05:28 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jeff, thanks for commenting.

The Town is in it's early stages. Every time I visit there is more to see and notices of things to come.

Nov 27, 2017 04:55 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That sounds exciting John Wiley , i have been looking intio getting solar for my home and the costs were wildy all over the place

Dec 02, 2017 06:33 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Solar is something that needs to be well thought out. You need to know what you are trying to achieve with the installation. You can do it in steps.

Thanks for the comment

Dec 02, 2017 07:00 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Every town should make improvements that will benefit future generations. Saving energy is something everyone, regardless of city or state should make high priority. I'm glad to see this is happening in your area. It could be a boom town!!!

Dec 09, 2017 09:16 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

So glad to here this John Wiley  my son-in law is in solar energy . Clean energy hope to see more cities like this

Dec 12, 2017 03:33 PM