Real estate in Babcock Ranch reflects a modern farmhouse style and features custom homes in five distinct neighborhoods: Babcock National, Edgewater, Lake Timber, Northridge, Parkside, and Trails Edge. Babcock National is well-known for its 18-hole championship golf course, which is designed by well-known course architect Gordon Lewis, expansive estates, and country club amenities.Amenities within this community include a resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, tiki bar, bocce ball, fitness center, and full-service spa. A gated community, Edgewater and Edgewater Shores features one and two-story single family homes with open floor plans that are built by Pulte Homes. Lake Timber is a Lennar WCI built community that boasts large single-family homes with a contemporary design. Two other Pulte-built communities, Northridge and Parkside are both defined by their simple yet elegant single family homes that feature views of pristine lakes and wildlife preserves. Finally, Trails Edge is a Lennar WCI developed neighborhood that contains three distinct collections: executive homes, manor homes, and villas. Each community showcases its own amenities, which commonly include swimming pools, clubhouses, fishing docks, and walking trails. Additionally, residents enjoy the large-scale amenities, restaurants, gardens, outdoor concerts, and events within the town itself.
The heart of the community is Founder’s Square, the central gathering place for residents and guests. Located at the northern end of the downtown district along Lake Babcock, Founders Square features an outdoor amphitheater, farm-to-table restaurants, pubs, shops, and boutiques. Neighbors enjoy visiting the Discovery Center at Woodlea Hall, strolling along the boardwalk with ice-cream cone, listening to live music, cooling off at the interactive splash pad, and exercising at the Healthy Life Center, a complete wellness facility that offers group fitness classes, rehabilitation services, yoga, pilates, massages, brain exercises, educational classes, and medical services. The center also has a heated, junior Olympic-size swimming pool and its own juice bar, Recharge Juice Company. Popular restaurants at Founder’s Square include the Lakehouse, Slater’s Goods and Provisions, Square Scoops Ice-Creamery, and Cup of Joe Coffee Shop, Pi Local Pizza, M’xuma Tacoos, Burger Fi, and U Yee Sushi. Anchored by Publix, the center also features a The Vet at Babcock, Stellar Vision, Encore Nails, Postal Pack & Ship, Royal Paw Grooming, and The Hatchery, a co-work office space. Another point of interest nearby is Cypress Lodge, which is situated along Lake Babcock. This retreat presents an outdoor clubroom, expansive swimming pool, cabanas, game lawn, fire pits, and conversational seating.
Families residing in Babcock Ranch are pleased to send their children to Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School, an A-rated charter school that serves children from kindergarten through 8th grade. After 8th grade, students transition to Babcock Ranch High School, a new public high school that is also governed by the Charlotte County School District. Both schools focus on “greenSTEAM,” an educational program that fuses science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics with local conservation and sustainability principles. Preschool-age children are proud to attend Bloom Academy, an academic-based preschool facility that features innovative creative spaces, healthy meals, and kinesthetic-style learning approaches.
Located in Southwest Florida, Babcock Ranch encompasses 96,000 acres of former farmland and rock quarry that was owned by Edward Babcock, a former politician and Pittsburg lumber magnate, circa 1914. The property cultivated crops, harvested cattle, produced timber, and served as grounds for recreational hunting and ecosystems. In 2006, Kitson and Partners, a company based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, purchased the land and immediately gifted 76,000 acres to the state of Florida and committed to develop only 10,000 of the designated 19,000 acres. Core initiatives include 50% of footprint; 9,000 acres of greenspace; smart technology and free public WiFi; more than 50,000 acres of hiking trails; restoration projects for wetlands and canals; farm-to-table restaurants and markets; outdoor recreation; health facilities; green schools; adult education courses; and an electric autonomous shuttle service. This premier, private oasis is situated less than 15 miles from downtown Fort Myers, 28 miles from Punta Gorda, and less than 20 miles from the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Today, Babcock Ranch, which is affectionately given the nomenclature “Modern Mayberry,” is a sumptuous suburban utopia that pays homage to its humble roots by emphasizing health wellness, celebrating nature, and welcoming new neighbors. Once complete, the idyllic town will have 19,000 homes and more than 50,000 residents.