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says the design of its
» Epcon
products is a major point of
differentiation for the company.

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EPCON PROVIDES LIFESTAGE BUYERS WITH A COMFORTABLE LIFESTYLE. BY ALAN DORICH

W

hen their children leave
home, parents might find
themselves looking for a
smaller living space. Epcon
has provided homebuyers with those spaces for 30 years, Vice President of Franchising
Tim Rini says.
Based in Dublin, Ohio, Epcon builds
homes and neighborhoods that are popular
with homebuyers who are age 55 or older.
Founders Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser
started the company in 1986 and built their
first condominium community in Columbus, Ohio.
"It was extremely unique," Rini says, explaining that the development consisted of
ranch condominiums that were arranged
in a pinwheel design that placed a unit
in every corner of the building. "Each

unique residence also had its own private
entrance, which made it feel more like a
single-family home."
The design became popular in Columbus, and Bacome and Fankhauser began to

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Franchising, Inc.
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www.epconcommunities.com
* 2015 ales: 1,140 Homes Closed,
Avg. Sales Price: $303,500
* Headquarters: Dublin, Ohio
* Employees: 95 full-time employees
* Specia y: Homebuilding

"I've changed peoples' lives."
- Tim Rini, vice president of franchising

license it to other developers. Eventually,
the two discovered that the unique concept
had great appeal with empty nesters and
baby boomers.
In 2007, Epcon diverged from its previous
model with a new design, Rini says. "They
introduced detached condominiums that
literally are single-family, freestanding
homes," he says. "There's no shared wall
between them.
"Those freestanding homes have overtaken what is recognized as a typical Epcon
home and our product has evolved," he
says, noting that it developed the product
through market research. "[We used] a very
specific survey of 55-plus buyers to make
sure the program that was given to the
architect was spot on with the customers we
were going after."

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