Pulte plans at least 137 homes at Babcock Ranch

The Atlanta-based builder and Miami-based Lennar will construct the lowest-priced homes at the 18,000-acre, solar-powered development

Sydney Kitson
Sydney Kitson

Atlanta-based home builder PulteGroup plans to build at least 137 houses at Babcock Ranch, a master-planned development near Fort Myers that will run mainly on solar power.

Pulte and Miami-based Lennar Corp. will build the lowest-priced houses at Babcock Ranch, an 18,000-acre development in Lee County that will draw electricity from a 440-acre photovoltaic power plant built by Florida Power & Light.

In a section of the development called Parkside, Pulte plans to build 131 houses priced in the low- and mid-$200,000s. The one- and two-story houses will range in size from 1,671 square feet to 3,222 square feet.

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In another section of Babcock Ranch called Lake Timber, Pulte plans to build at least six one- and two-story houses ranging in size from 1,758 square feet to 3,293 square feet and priced in the upper $200,000s.

Lennar plans to build twin-villa homes priced at about $180,000 and single-family homes with prices starting in the $220,000s. The twin-villa homes will be 1,417 square feet to 1,564 square feet in size, and they will have two or three bedrooms and two-car garages.

The company behind Babcock Ranch, Palm Beach Gardens-based Kitson & Partners, led by developer Sydney Kitson, began site preparation work in November of last year.

Kitson & Partners bought a 91,000-acre ranch in Lee County from the Babcock family in 2006 and subsequently sold 73,000 acres to the state as a natural preserve, retaining 18,000 acres for the Babcock Ranch development, which was slowed by the housing market downturn in the late 2000s.

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