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Old 03-03-2017, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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We're considering moving into one of these developments, and I wondered if anyone here lives/has lived in an Epcon community or has first hand experience through family or friends?

Interested in your thoughts, good, bad or indifferent. Thanks!

I did find this from last year Does anyone here live in an Epcon COURTYARD community?

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Old 03-03-2017, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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Nice looking homes but not much in the way of amenities.
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Old 04-01-2017, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill
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My husband and I are having a home built in an Epcon community in Chapel Hill, NC - The Courtyards of Chapel Hill. It is a little shy of 2 months into construction, but from everything we can tell they do an excellent job. If I have any complaints about Epcon, it is for the price you pay, they will not do any customization. I have found that a bit frustrating. But then I don't know how that stacks up against other 55+ communities. My husband and I didn't want to live in a mega Del Webb-type community. The Courtyards at Chapel Hill will only be 63 homes when complete. That is a perfect size for us. It will have a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, and community garden. That is all we need.
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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We're coming to the same conclusion. We don't want a mega 55+ community either, and there are way too many extra cost upgrades on Del Webb homes to us, I can't imagine who would want one of their base homes. We're going to look in mixed age communities or small 55+ communities (like Epcon). Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I believe the poster No kudzu lives in an Epcon community in NC. You might try to DM her to see how she likes it. She is usually on the Gardening forum.

I found a lovely 106 home over 55+ community after searching for years. These are few and far between. Yes the big senior communities have alot more stuff to do, but in a smaller one, you can do whatever you want in or out of the area and you don't pay those enormous HOA fees.
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Old 04-02-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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I believe the poster No kudzu lives in an Epcon community in NC. You might try to DM her to see how she likes it. She is usually on the Gardening forum.

I found a lovely 106 home over 55+ community after searching for years. These are few and far between. Yes the big senior communities have alot more stuff to do, but in a smaller one, you can do whatever you want in or out of the area and you don't pay those enormous HOA fees.
From your perspective and research. What seems to be the draw/attraction of small over 55 communities without the amenities. We saw one close by that developed after we transplanted and we have driven through several times and got positive vibes.
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Old 04-03-2017, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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The bottom line to any "retirement" community is what amenities do they offer and what am I willing to pay for them? Amenities can range from none to multi golf courses. As a golfer, the multi course ones would interest me.

One misunderstanding about golf courses is that in some retirement communities (such as Sun City, Hilton Head, Bluffton SC), the golf courses make money for the HOA. Even if not a golfer there, the golf courses make money for you.

While I do not know much about Epcon, I do believe they are franchises and can vary quite a bit even though under the Epcon name. I also believe there have been some questions if one owns the plot of land ones homes sits on or is it under a long term lease arrangement. Do not quote me. Check for yourself.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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The bottom line to any "retirement" community is what amenities do they offer and what am I willing to pay for them? Amenities can range from none to multi golf courses. As a golfer, the multi course ones would interest me.

One misunderstanding about golf courses is that in some retirement communities (such as Sun City, Hilton Head, Bluffton SC), the golf courses make money for the HOA. Even if not a golfer there, the golf courses make money for you.

While I do not know much about Epcon, I do believe they are franchises and can vary quite a bit even though under the Epcon name. I also believe there have been some questions if one owns the plot of land ones homes sits on or is it under a long term lease arrangement. Do not quote me. Check for yourself.
In other communities, the golf courses have to be subsidized by the HOA. Since I am not a golfer, I would be very reluctant to be on the hook for supporting a golf course if its revenue wanes. Anyone buying into a golf course community should make sure they know how all of the finances work.
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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In other communities, the golf courses have to be subsidized by the HOA. Since I am not a golfer, I would be very reluctant to be on the hook for supporting a golf course if its revenue wanes. Anyone buying into a golf course community should make sure they know how all of the finances work.
+1. To each has/her own, but we don't want to pay for a golf course either, and I plan to play. We mostly just want lawn/landscape care and common area maintenance. If there's a modest clubhouse with fitness equipment, that's fine too. We can get what we want with or without an HOA. It is nice to know homes won't be purple stripes or dayglo if the Clampett's buy the house next door with an HOA.

We've decided the smaller 55+ communities like Epcon are fine, mostly because similar floor plans appear to be uncommon in mixed gen developments. But the mega 55+'s like Del Webb are a non-starter for us, due to the sheer size, overly cookie cutter exteriors and their everything is an upgrade pricing. YMMV
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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+2 I agree totally. In my community, all the homes are different and various colors. There is no golf, no fitness equipment but there is a small pool. The HOA is fairly strict and I appreciate that. I do not like neighbors who don't keep up their homes and leave trashy front yards unkept. Here we are not allowed to park in the driveways, although some do anyway. It is gated, and I pay $81 a month, not $250 like some of the larger communities. The only thing I wish is that more people were younger. But saying that, I will be their age soon enough so I cannot complain. Out of all those Sun City areas, none really made me feel that I would want to live there.
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