March 22, 2017

First public event at Babcock Ranch draws thousands

By: Vicki Parsons - IT

2017-03-22 / Real Estate News

A crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 attended the first public event at Babcock Ranch, a two-day festival March 11 and 12. The crowd far exceeded what organizers had predicted.

“We knew people were excited about the concept of a sustainable, solar-powered town where people can reconnect with the environment and with each other,” said Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. “What we learned … is that we have clearly struck a chord.”

The weekend kicked with 10K, 5K and 1K events that attracted nearly 600 entrants. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first two buildings at Founder’s Square was followed by a full day of live music and family activities. While some checked out kayaks and paddleboards to enjoy Lake Babcock, others cast lines from the fishing pier or hiked trails. But tours of model homes were the most popular activity.

“It was unlike anything I have ever experienced with a community opening,” said Kitt Kearney, vice president of sales and marketing for Homes by Towne. “There were literally people waiting in line to get in. Many said they have been watching Babcock Ranch for a long time. They were excited that it is finally here and happy that they can now buy homes to live here.”

Buyers in the first neighborhood of Lake Timber will choose from a broad range of home styles and floor plans from five different builders — Stock Development, Homes by Town, Florida Lifestyle Homes, Fox Premier Builders and Castle Harbor Homes. ¦