For Meritage Homes, building in Babcock Ranch was a natural fit. The country’s seventh largest national homebuilder is dedicated to green building and Energy Star certification, its mission aligning with Kitson & Partners’ vision of a town harnessing its power from the sun, built with respect for the land and homes constructed to the state’s unique needs and most critical issues addressed through the Florida Green Building Coalition.
“Meritage has been pursuing a green mission since 2009 when we committed to building 100% of our homes Energy Star certified,” said Justin Cook, president of the homebuilder’s South Florida Division. “At Babcock Ranch, our all-electric, net-zero ready homes are some of our best examples of sustainability.”
Since joining Babcock Ranch’s building program in 2019, Meritage’s single-family homes in Lake Babcock and Crescent Grove have proved that building green can be affordable. Its homes, loaded with energy-efficient and smart technology, are geared to entry-level and first-move-up homebuyers.
“We offer energy-efficient features like Energy Star appliances, WaterSense certified water fixtures, spray foam insulation, multispeed HVAC and more,” said Mr. Cook. “Our M.Connected Home Automation suite for smart-home technology and high-end finishes are also in the base price.”
Ultraviolet-blocking, low-emissive windows, advanced building techniques, and low- and zero-volatile organic compound materials, paint, stains, and adhesives in every home enhance the built environment and indoor air quality.
Meritage Homes is following up its success with the introduction of Crescent Lakes, a gated neighborhood of 366 single-family homes in Midtown, Babcock Ranch’s exciting next development phase. Located at the corner of Cypress Parkway and Babcock Trail, Crescent Lakes is a stone’s throw from Midtown’s planned town center, a next-generation gathering area with restaurants, offices, shops, apartments, and a seven-acre Village Green. The neighborhood’s eight lakes will provide scenic backdrops for many homes.
Preconstruction home sales at Crescent Lakes began in August 2022 with pricing from the $300,000s to $500,000s. Three models, representing the builder’s three home series, are underway and expected to open this spring.
The neighborhood offers 10 one- and two-story floor plans with three to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and 1,269 to 2,791 square feet under air. Its largest Signature series homes, available in three-floor plans, have three-car garages.
“Our homes all feature open-concept floor plans with private primary suites,” said Mr. Cook. “Homebuyers are able to select from designer-curated interior packages.”
Homes in Crescent Lakes also offer islands and pantries in kitchens, covered lanais, and primary suites with large walk-in closets and bathrooms appointed with dual-sink vanities and standalone showers.
The neighborhood’s private amenity center will feature a pool and cabana, pickleball courts, and a basketball court.
In addition to its proximity to the future town center, Crescent Lakes enjoys a prime location close to Curry Creek Preserve, a large meandering green space where a 3.5- mile linear park connects to six smaller parks. Sidewalks and trails also link future residents to Founder’s Square, Babcock Ranch’s scenic downtown along Lake Babcock.
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