2017-01-25 / Real Estate News

Georgia couple first to sign contract for home in Babcock Ranch


Robin and Richard Kinley enjoying a moment on Babcock Ranch’s signature bridge. With a contract for the construction of a residence to be built by Homes by Towne, the Kinleys are the first homebuyers at Kitson & Partners’ new solar powered town. Robin and Richard Kinley enjoying a moment on Babcock Ranch’s signature bridge. With a contract for the construction of a residence to be built by Homes by Towne, the Kinleys are the first homebuyers at Kitson & Partners’ new solar powered town. Master Developer Kitson & Partners announced that Sarasota-based Homes by Towne has processed the first binding sales contract for the construction of an end-user residence at Babcock Ranch, a new 18,000-acre eco-centric, solar-powered town being developed by Kitson 20 minutes east of Fort Myers off Florida State Road 31 in Charlotte County.

The residence is being purchased by Richard and Robin Kinley of Acworth, Ga., and will be built in Lake Timber, the first neighborhood to be built at Babcock Ranch.

A native of a small town in Delaware, Richard is a technical field engineer for Medtronic, the world’s largest standalone medical technology development company. Robin is a retired French teacher turned professional quilter who was raised in Pembroke Pines.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Kinleys to Babcock Ranch,” said Kitson & Partners’ Chairman and CEO Syd Kitson. ”It is gratifying to know the Kinleys and others from all ages and backgrounds share our commitment to sustainability, a healthy walkable lifestyle, and to enjoying a place where neighbors will know one another on a personal level as they experience living in nature on a day-to-day basis. We look forward to continuing to create a place where the Kinleys and their neighbors can enjoy a better life.”

“Today we have the answer to the question ‘who will be first to buy a home at Babcock Ranch?’” said Babcock Ranch President Rick Severance. “With all of our builders actively working with prospective homebuyers, we shouldn’t have to wait long to learn who will be next. In addition to models by Homes by Towne, furnished models by Stock Development and Fox Premier Builders are on schedule for completion in mid to late February. New models by Florida Lifestyle Homes are slated for completion in March and Castle Harbour Homes is poised to begin construction of two models in late January and February.”

The Kinleys’ interest in Babcock Ranch dates to 2006, the year Kitson & Partners completed its purchase of 91,000 acres from the Babcock family and the subsequent sale of 73,000 acres to the state of Florida in the largest land preservation purchase in the state’s history. The Kinleys were initially taken by the notion of a solar-powered town.

“I am an avid reader of tech blogs and in 2006 I read about this idea of a solar city and thought it was fascinating,” said Richard. “As you can see by my Tesla hat, I am an early adopter of new technology. So the idea was fascinating to me and I wanted to keep track of it and then lost track of it for a number of years during the recession. Then this year, as we contemplated moving out of Georgia, I saw Babcock Ranch again. I knew if I were to move, I would have to see this place and it would likely be the place.”

“I do like the idea of a solar powered community and sustainable living,” said Robin. “I also love the warm weather and I enjoy the whole coastal kind of attitude. I grew up and spent a lot of my younger years in Hawaii and South Florida in an area that had horse ranches and was very similar to this. It reminds me of my high school days.”

As the Kinleys learned more about the lifestyle, they were attracted to the idea of living in a walkable, bikeable place with a small town flavor that incorporates the technologies of the future, including autonomous cars.

“One of our requirements was that we could walk to somewhere to get a soda or get an ice-cream cone and ride bikes without worrying about getting hit,” said Richard. “I’m looking forward to being able to bike 12 months a year and I think living here you don’t have any excuses not to exercise. I grew up in a small town in Delaware near the coast and I knew everybody in the town and people did walk and talk to each other. It seems like a long time ago that we had that kind of situation to where we knew everybody, could talk to everybody. There was also a town park area where people would meet up. In a lot of ways, moving to Babcock Ranch is going back to that very warm and kind of comforting situation.”

To learn more about Babcock, see www.babcockranch.com. ¦

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