Babcock Ranch - The first solar-powered town in Charlotte County
The town is southwest Florida's most interesting new city that will someday be home to more than 50,000 residents. It is the nation’s first solar-powered city created on agricultural fields and rock-mined land. Once completed, it will be the biggest city in Charlotte County with a concept so unique and visionary.
Babcock Ranch will be different, and it will make a statement. It doesn’t look like a typical planned community because it is designed for the future while embracing the past. The architecture is inspired by original Florida Homes and pre-WWII neighborhoods in Southwest Florida. However, while the design is rooted in the past the overall concept of the city points the way to the future.
Babcock Ranch is an Eco-Centric Town embedded in nature and powered by the sun, by innovation, and by the great outdoors. The whole Babcock Ranch preserve is 73,000 acre in size. The town will use about 18,000 acres. However, half of the 18,000 acres are devoted to green-ways, parks, and lakes. The town is designed to accommodate 19,500 residences which will ultimately be home to approximately 50,000 residents.
Green infrastructure has bee the overriding theme in all planing decisions resulting in a town that is in harmony with its surroundings.
Some of the Key Features in Babcock Ranch the town of the future
- The Town Layout improves existing flow ways and wetland ecosystems
- More than 90% of the development was built upon already impacted farm and rock-mined land
- Planning and design efforts reduced wetland impact to approximately 400 acres
- Extensive use of surface water mashes used as a filter for better water quality
- Use of native trees and plants (min. 70 % of plants are native)
- Alternative transportation, commercial centers within walking distance of homes
- Attention to micro-climate: shaded pathways and rest areas, tree-lined streets, shaded structures
- Florida Green Building Coalition certified town
- Powered by the sun: the photo-voltaic solar plant is generating more energy than the town consumes
- Modern "smart grid" digital electric distribution technologies will optimize efficiency and lower utility costs
- All buildings and structures in Babcock are designed to weather a hurricane cat III
- Health and Wellness-Focused: amenities are planned to provide a more holistic approach to mind, body, spirit, and people
- Providing inspired and unique experiences with the greater outdoors, amenities and people; emphasizing the social, physical, nutritional, spiritual, economic and educational well-being of residents and businesses.
Home Builders in Babcock Ranch
Castle Harbour Homes: ranch - style, solar - powered smart homes with 3,500 - 4,000+ sqft of living. $ 450,00 - $ 600,000+
Fox Premier Builders: semi - custom finishes, but can be upgraded. 1,500 sqft - 2,000+ sqft living. $ 350,00 - $ 450,000+
Florida Lifestyle Homes: open floor plans with vaulted ceiling in the great room. Spacious front porches. 2,500 sqft - 4,000 sqft+, $ 500,00 - $750,000+
Homes by Towne: Stylish home in good quality, some on 60' homesites, 2,400 sqft+ living area, $ 400,000+
Pulte Homes: spacious, open floor plans, 1,700 sqft - 2,200 sqft+, $217,000 - $ 315,000 +
Stock Signature Homes: open concept plans, one and two story homes, 2,500 sqft - 3,000 sqft +, $ 420,000 - $ 500,000 +
Lennar has had the privilege of helping hundreds of thousands of families across America move into the next stage of their lives with a new home. 2,400 sqft - 3,400 sq ft +, $ 253,000 - $ 330,000 +
Partners for a Brighter Future
A new town, built and powered by solar energy. The FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy center, comprised of nearly 330,000 photo-voltaic solar panels sitting on a 440-acre site, generates 74.5 megawatts of quiet and clean energy for the community every minute the sun is shining. At night or on cloudy days, the city is powered by FPL's highly fuel efficient of natural gas power plants.
FPL plans to add an average of nearly 300 megawatts of new solar annually from 2017 through at least 2023, for a total of nearly 2.100 megawatts of new universal solar under development across its Florida service area.
Since 2001, investments in in fuel efficient generation, including solar, have reduced our use of oil by more than 98% and saved customers $8.6 billion on fuel...and counting.