“We realized the courtyard area would be a great gathering place.”
Steve and Bobbi Martin found the perfect home for entertaining in Epcon’s Portico floorplan with a courtyard. They had decided their old home and huge yard were too much to maintain through retirement and wanted to find a new home, designed for entertaining, that was close to where they currently lived. They discovered an Epcon community close to where they lived, and it was the perfect fit for their needs and lifestyle.
Once they looked at all the available floorplans, Steve and Bobbi chose the Portico, which has an open floorplan layout that wraps around a large courtyard. They felt the layout was fantastic and liked that the bedrooms were on opposite ends of the home for privacy. They also loved that the main living area of the home looks out on the courtyard. With the large kitchen and chef’s island in the center of the home that opens out to the courtyard, they knew this was going to be the perfect home for entertaining.
Because they bought early in the community development, they had a great selection of homesites to choose from. Steve said, “We looked at a lot of homesites, and were very particular about our homesite selection. Because we realized the courtyard area would be a great gathering place, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t in the sun all day long. So, we looked to see where the sun was coming up and where the sun was setting and picked the perfect homesite.”
Another big plus about the homesite for Steve and Bobbi was a conservation area on the side of their courtyard. With trees over 100 years old, they know their courtyard will have complete privacy in a beautiful natural setting.
Steve mentioned, “We do a lot of entertaining. We can seat 16 people on our courtyard. We have a picnic table. We have a covered patio with a light and fan, with a glass table under there, so we can entertain and we really like doing that.”
Steve and Bobbi also like the size of the community. As a boutique community, they easily made friends with all their neighbors, many of whom moved there from within a few miles of the new community. And with Epcon’s maintenance-free lifestyle, they now have time to do the things they really wanted to do in retirement, like visiting the grandkids and playing golf.
When asked how they spend time now that they don’t have to worry about lawn maintenance, Bobbi said, “I spend my day walking with Pepper, our dog, and taking her to the dog park, and then I also go to Wilmington to spend time with my grandkids so I can spoil them. That’s my favorite.” Steve said, ”I play golf every day. Except for weekends, and then I practice some. I’m up at 5, out of the house at 6:30, tee off at 7:30, home by lunchtime, and then take a nap.” He added with a smile, “Isn’t that what retirees are supposed to do?”
Epcon Communities, and its Franchise Builders, builds luxury single-level homes in communities throughout the country. We offer floorplans from 1,300 to over 3,000 square feet with 2-4 bedrooms and many of our communities include resort-style amenities, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Our courtyard homes are designed so that your home wraps around the large courtyard. You can see your beautiful garden oasis from all the rooms in the main living area of your home. The open layout includes a large gourmet kitchen with chef’s island in the center of the home that opens to the courtyard making it the perfect home for entertaining.