What SW Florida communities led the United States in building the most homes in 2023?

The state has more than a third of the nation’s 18 hottest housing developments, and most of those are in Southwest Florida, according to data released last week. In reaching those heights, Babcock Ranch, Ave Maria, Sarasota’s Lakewood Ranch and Venice’s Wellen Park all showed increases in new sales, the findings by half-century-old RCLCO Real Estate Consulting showed in its annual rankings of master-planned communities, also known as MPC. Here’s what to know on that and other topics in today’s column including wazzuuuuup with Warby Parker. In the Know: Aerial of Ave Maria in Collier County How is Hurricane Ian helping drive home sales? As In the Know has reported, Babcock’s national reputation was enhanced by how the community at the Lee-Charlotte county line came out of 2022’s ferocious Hurricane Ian largely unscathed, garnering recognition from groups such as the Edison Awards and the Aspen Institute. Last month, Time magazine named its developer, Syd Kitson, as “Dreamer of the Year” for 2023. Syd Kitson, developer of Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County, was named TIME’s Dreamer of the Year. “It’s those lessons that we’ve been learning that I hope other people will copy and even do better,” Kitson, a former NFL player said of innovations we’ve covered in previous In the Know columns. “That’s really the greatest form of flattery: When somebody takes your playbook and they not only copy it, but they improve on it.” In the Know: November 2023’s 15 new leases including Marshalls, Five Below, Starbucks, Fifth Third Bank, Carvel, Papa Johns and Ace Hardware means more retail in 2024 and 2025 in the Publix area of rapidly growing Babcock Ranch. Shot Nov. 11, 2023. What Florida hospital plans SWFL site and to expand further? An improvement Babcock is looking at as the burg of 8,000 rapidly […]

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