Courtyards offers maintenance-free, relaxed lifestyle

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Maintenance-free single family anch homes boast two to three bedrooms, seasonal veranda, den, gourmet kitchens, private courtyards and more. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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Imagine a place to call “home.” set against the scenic and beautiful backdrop of natural surroundings. A neighborhood where friends and family can relax and enjoy the everyday comforts of a luxury, amenity-rich community. Homeownership without the burden of yard work and exterior maintenance.

You’ve just envisioned the Courtyards at Pepper Creek, a residential community in Valparaiso, Ind., that offers beautiful, maintenance-free, ranch homes ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet and starting from the $230,000s.

The Courtyards at Pepper Creek is an Epcon Communities neighborhood constructed by builder Wilcox Communities, situated in one of the more desirable subdivisions of northwestern Indiana.

Here residents enjoy surrounding ponds, woods and meandering walking trails, yet are just minutes from all the conveniences and activities that nearby Valparaiso, as well as the Chicago area.

The community’s unique floor plans offer all the appeal of a maintenance-free lifestyle in a single-family, ranch home. All homes offer two or three bedrooms with a two- or 2½-car garage, and highlight spacious living areas, volume ceilings, expanded master suites, stair-free living and landscape packages with a variety of plantings. Buyers have plentiful options and a wealth of amenities when deciding on a living arrangement that caters to their personal needs, including the option for a covered porch and private courtyard.

Within the community, three stand-alone ranch models offer something for every type of buyer. The Palazzo — the community’s most affordable plan — features over-sized bedrooms, a customizable gourmet kitchen, an abundance of windows and many versatile room options, including a fireplace, den and a seasonal veranda.

Buyers looking for maximum function in a home will find that the Portico’s layout offers optimal efficiency and storage space.

Finally, the Promenade floor plan features an elegant, open layout with a wall of windows overlooking a gorgeous courtyard.

All three single-family ranch floor plans highlight impressive touches and distinctive features throughout, including a spacious garage, elegant entryways and walk-in closets.

“Attractive pricing, versatile floor plans, a prime location, impressive community amenities and full exterior maintenance services are just some of the reasons the Courtyards at Pepper Creek is the perfect place to call home,” said Leigh Nevers, vice president of sales and marketing.

Any floor plan can be customized to meet a buyer’s personal needs and preferences. For those seeking luxury customization opportunities, homebuyers can request a full basement, second-story bonus suite, and upgraded flooring and appliances, to name a few.

Because Wilcox believes residents deserve more time to do the things they love to do, the Courtyards at Pepper Creek offers a carefree lifestyle. Maintenance-free living means someone else takes care of the yard work and exterior upkeep — buyers never have to worry about keeping up with the lawn or outdoor chores again. Residents can have the peace of mind knowing a professionally managed association is caring for their home year-round.

The Courtyards at Pepper Creek includes a 3,600-square-foot private clubhouse with a heated pool, equipped fitness center, and a large, furnished social room with a full kitchen, billiards table and large-screen TV. Serving as the hub for social, recreational and fitness activities within the community, residents enjoy many social events hosted at the clubhouse throughout the year. Outside, the surrounding nature trails are great for casual strolls or biking while adoring the scenic views.

Great locations are still available at the Courtyards at Pepper Creek, but going fast. To learn more, call (1-2) 531-4301 or visit