April 07, 2017

Rich visitor experience at Babcock Ranch

By: Vicki Parsons - IT

April 7, 2017

BABCOCK RANCH — Even though it is literally just beginning to come out of the ground, a visit to Babcock Ranch, the new solar powered town being built by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County, off State Road 31 just north of the Lee County Civic Center, is seemingly equal parts a trip into a bygone era and a trip into the future. As visitors turn east off S.R. 31 and approach the town’s signature entry bridge, they are treated to views of a waterscape and the iconic Lake House recreation center scheduled for completion by the end of this month.

Once across the bridge, the feeling of entering a place that offers a different, better way of living is palpable. The winding, tree-lined streetscape provides an immediate connection with nature as it makes its way past Lake Timber, Babcock Ranch’s first neighborhood. Completed and soon to be completed homes offer a glimpse of the new town’s Craftsman, Farmhouse, Coastal Gulf Vernacular, Spanish, and Colonial/West Indies architectural styles derived from the styles found in pre-World War II neighborhoods in Fort Myers, Naples, and throughout Southwest Florida. Grouped around Lake Timber’s parks and streetscapes, the homes and their front porches are positioned close to the street to encourage the social interaction and personal connections that are part of life at Babcock