Every once in a while a community is developed with a unique vision. If you’re looking around at Punta Gorda, don’t miss Babcock Ranch homes. The community has been built with a vision of sustainable growth and environmental preservation. All without sacrificing elegance and convenience. Half of Babcock Ranch real estate has been set aside for green space, and Babcock Ranch Preserve is right next door. In the development itself, solar energy and water efficiency are the name of the game. Native plants and locally sourced building materials are used, and plans take care to either preserve existing trees or safely relocate them.
In addition to environmental care, Babcock Ranch is built on a human scale. This means that the community is built to facilitate walking and biking as modes of transportation. Building up community and connections are also very important. Founder’s Square is where it all happens. Events are regularly held there, from live music in the bandshell to Moonlight Hikes to holiday get togethers--everyone enjoys being together as a community. The square also houses several businesses. Grab a cup of coffee or an ice cream at Square Scoops. Go grocery shopping or get something to eat at the cafe at Slater’s Goods and Provisions. Residents can also work close to home at The Hatchery, an office and co-working space. There’s also a public charter school, Babcock Neighborhood School, with a STEAM-focused curriculum. Currently the school goes from kindergarten through seventh grade.
Since the development is so new, Babcock Ranch homes are in the initial building stages. There are multiple models at different price points. Choose a condo with a breezy lanai. These start around $190,000 and have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There are also attached villas with either two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Single family homes come in many sizes, from cozy 1,500 square foot bungalows with two or three bedrooms all the way to estate homes with over 3,000 square feet. Many homes have their own swimming pools, and there are lots of floor plans and options to choose from.