New ranch home sets the pace at Pepper Creek

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The 1,516-square-foot, maintenance-free Palazzo home at the Courtyards at Pepper Creek in Valparaiso offers a spacious and sun-filled living room that offers fantastic views of the home’s private landscaped courtyard. Priced at $235,990 the single-family


Epcon Communities’ new maintenance-free ranch style single-family home community in Valparaiso is set to finish the 2012 season in a spectacular fashion.

During the past 11 months, Courtyards at Pepper Creek has sold 20 luxury stand-alone ranch homes to families looking to move into a new community without any responsibilities for shoveling snow, plowing driveways, salting sidewalks or cutting the grass in the summertime.

Attractive financing rates, beautiful location and outstanding architecture are the reasons homebuyers are drawn to and continue to purchase luxury ranch homes in Courtyards at Pepper Creek. All residents have access to the community’s special features.

Set in a country atmosphere of the Pepper Creek subdivision, future homeowners in Epcon’s portion of the community can have their dream home constructed along a variety of gorgeous surroundings including ponds, acres of pristine woods, or scenic walking paths. The community offers ranch homes that provide 1,516 to 1,994 square feet of living space. These ranch homes come standard with a concrete slab foundation and are base-priced from $235,990 to $269,990. For extra storage space or future additional living space the homes can be constructed on a full basement or with a second-story bonus suite for an additional cost. Bonus rooms and full basements are available respectively for an additional cost of $7,300 and $22,000.

“Current economic reports coming out of Washington DC indicate that new residential construction has started to rebound recently,” said Jamie Wilcox, of Epcon Communities. “I disagree with that statement. Our maintenance-free ranch home community started rebounding in January 2012 and it has been a nonstop success story ever since. We projected we were going to sell 12 new homes in 2012, but as we wrap up this year, the number actually is ending up being 20. We are drawing people of all ages to our extensively landscaped community. Interest rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, being at an all time low of 3.5% is definitely working in our favor as well.”

The community offers three unique ranch plans with exteriors featuring fiber cement board lap siding, shutters, and cultured stone. Homes typically include two bedrooms, two full baths, a formal dining room, a kitchen with GE appliances and convenient island, attached 2½-car garage, a large master bedroom and luxurious in-suite bathroom.

Courtyards at Pepper Creek homes also feature cost 10-foot tall tray-ceilings in master bedroom suites and living rooms. Homes also include ceramic floor tile in the foyer, laundry room, energy-efficient gas forced air heating system, 50 gallon quick recovery water heater, thermo pane insulated windows, a variety of cabinetry options, central air conditioning and select rooms are pre-wired for cable television and telephones.

For those seeking customization opportunities, homebuyers can also request a full basement, second-story bonus suite, fireplace, hardwood flooring, granite or Corian countertops, upgraded cabinetry and appliances, or a number of other upgrades.

Homebuyers have the privilege of using the community’s private 3,000 square-foot clubhouse and heated swimming pool. Within the clubhouse, residents will find a professionally decorated social room (with fireplace, flat-screen TV and a pool table), equipped kitchen, fitness center, shower-equipped restroom facilities and a meeting room.

An extensive amount of flowers, bushes, shrubs, trees and grass sod surround the clubhouse and each single-family home. Landscaping is vital in all Epcon communities. It absorbs sound, creates beautiful vistas, attracts birds and butterflies, and allows rainwater to be absorbed into the ground.

Courtyards at Pepper Creek’ on-site sales center is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. To reach the community, take Route 130 (Lincolnway) to Froberg Road, and then look for it at the corner of Froberg and Ransom. At that point turn west on Indian Summer Way and look for the sales center at 3175 Indian Summer Circle. For more information call (219) 531-4301or visit the builder’s Website at