Dublin, Ohio-based Epcon Communities has unveiled new, larger clubhouses in several of its communities designed to appeal to the 55+ demographic. Ranging from 2,700 to 3,700 square feet, the new clubhouse designs are the based on the company's extensive market research that shows older buyers want homes that fit their active lifestyles with opportunities for entertaining, fitness, and relaxation.

The clubhouses -- which include a pool, a fitness room and a kitchen -- are part of a suite of amenities with great appeal to the 55+ demographic, says Stephan George, Epcon's Raleigh-Durham region vice president of operations. Several clubhouses have already been built -- including corporate-developed O'Kelly Chapel in Raleigh, N.C., and Courtyards at Marvin in Marvin, N.C.. In addition, the Courtyards at Rock Creek in Ankeny, Iowa, was developed by Epcon franchise builder Justin Bauer of Midwest Development Partners. A fourth clubhouse at Hidden Ravines, a corporate community in Columbus, will soon be open.

"These clubhouses are a great value-add and selling point for an Epcon community," says George. "Residents love how they can get together or have parties or meetings within their own neighborhood in a convenient, central location."

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