About Our Company
Take care of the land and the land will take care of you. This value instilled in us by our founder, D.L. Stokes, carries as much importance today as it did in 1935 when our company began. From building homes for veterans returning home from World War II and providing housing for athletes competing in the 1996 Olympic Games to revitalizing residential and commercial assets around the city, EpiCity has been and continues to be an active contributor to the Atlanta community through real estate. We treat every property like it was our own. From total asset management, construction, and facility services to positioning strategy, development, and real estate investment services. The proof is in our long history and our track record of success.
Why Choose EpiCity?
EpiCity offers all the advantages of a national firm with the one-on-one service and local expertise of a boutique shop. You’ll have one point of contact for all your real estate needs.
We’ve built one of the most extensive relationship networks in the industry, giving our partners access to top professionals in sourcing, evaluating, underwriting and managing investments. Combined with our portfolio and record of success, EpiCity provides a solid platform for leveraging new opportunities.
As a partner, you’re a part of the family; we care for your assets as if they’re our own. We take a personal interest in you and your investment, knowing we’ve only reached our goals when you’ve reached yours. We are dependable and accountable, perform high quality work, and we solve seemingly unsolvable problems. Owning real estate is easy when you partner with EpiCity.
On top of the issues before they became a problem The staff at EpiCity is always there when we need them and here to help within 24 hours of when we call. Lately, we’ve had two instances when we called on EpiCity and the staff was on top of the issues before they became a problem. We appreciate the helpful staff who always takes the time to explain what’s going on. The Lumberyard is a vibrant property, and has grown tremendously since we came in nine years ago, as just the second tenant.
We’re happy The office was opened because of the proximity to Home Depot’s headquarters and Powers Ferry Business Park is very conveniently located to Home Depot, as well as the interstates. This is a great place to meet in Atlanta and show off our grills and accessories. We’re just four miles from Home Depot headquarters, and it’s easy for folks from Home Depot to stop by and see what we have to offer. We have an end location with receiving space, warehouse and display space, and a nice, well-maintained outdoor area, too. It is perfect for us. We’re happy.
A space that matches our personality We’ve worked with EpiCity to create a space that matches our personality. As soon as people walk in the door, they know who we are and what we are about. One of my favorite things about this space is I can sit on my couch in the office living area with my feet on the table, music playing, the garage door open, and can see my old office tower where I used to work. It is so good being here. We looked at many places before we found our space at Armour Junction and we intend to stay here for a while.
Easy to talk to and work with from day one I was searching online for warehouse space in the area and EpiCity popped up. I really liked the amount of information I found and the way it was written. I took two of our coaches with me and we met up with Allen and Tom of EpiCity, and they have been so easy to talk to and work with from day one that there was no need to look anywhere else. The team was able to create what I had imagined and more, and it looks fantastic.
Flexible, on time and even ahead of schedule EpiCity was willing to work with us to expand our space and accommodate our growth. EpiCity’s staff showed flexibility and built out our new suites, renovated our existing suites and created the spaces we needed for our fast-growing business. We are pleased with the custom build-out and they did a great job. They were flexible, on time and even ahead of schedule.
Everyone is very responsive I needed a larger space and was unhappy with my lease situation, so when I found the listing at 225 Curie Drive, I reached out and heard back from EpiCity President, Tom Stokes, personally. He coordinated a showing right away and I fell in love with the spot. We’re in the warehouse portion and we love the industrial feel. We also have a larger footprint now, expanding from 1,200 to 3,000 SF, and this space meets our needs perfectly. EpiCity also meets our needs – everyone is very responsive and quick to make any repairs or refinements necessary. The location is perfect, too, as we are in a busy area and have great visibility.
Very accommodating and helpful along the way Powers Ferry Business Park fits our needs with location and possibility for growth, starting with one suite and expanding to three. EpiCity has always been very accommodating and helpful along the way as our business has evolved. We are very pleased with our relationship with EpiCity. EpiCity’s management team and the entire staff are supportive of our needs and they have seen us through many expansions and specialized requests. They are also very understanding of production schedule and that the renovations can’t impact our business.
It’s a great location for us We love this busy, high traffic area because we host a lot of activities for our East Coast region, as well as hosting staff from all over the country. Now we are closer to the Braves stadium, great hotels, all sorts of entertainment, and not far from the airport. It’s a great location for us. We love the cement floors, industrial ceilings and murals – it’s a fantastic creative space for us.
Business is five times better than I had anticipated The flex space really sold us.The space gives us room to have our inventory right here and allows us to manage and control our inventory onsite. We have the unit in the corner which is nice because it gives us more windows. EpiCity has been good to work with. Everyone has been really nice and helpful. Business is five times better than I had anticipated, and I continue to see tremendous potential!
Take Care of the Land1896
Davis Lee Stokes’ father taught him what every farmer’s son needed to know in order to survive in the Post-Civil War South. You have to take care of the land. And if you take care of the land, “DL” learned, the land will take care of you. But the dirt farm in South Georgia where DL grew up didn’t offer up this life lesson without a fight. DL’s father provided for a household of ten people in a time when most farmers in the Deep South were as poor as he was—or worse—and the land they farmed was tired from years of abuse. Poor and tired. Perhaps these were the reasons DL decided to leave farming when he came of age and head North to earn a living. Until then, DL’s universe consisted of the family’s 200-acre farm. He was born in 1886 to James Edwin and Mary Margaret Stokes, both originally from South Carolina, during an era when 70% of the population farmed for a living in the South.
D.L. Stokes & Company was Created1935
Florence started D.L. Stokes & Company in order to represent lenders in the loan business. Like his father before him, a man who made a living off of land that had little to give in return, D.L. found lenders for people in an economy that didn’t have a lot to offer.
D.L. Stokes & Company Grows1944
After World War II, Stokes saw an opportunity to build houses, mainly for veterans. For a man who loved progress, there was nothing more exciting than an opportunity. He began to build “cracker box” houses; a type of house architect Charlie Moore calls a “totally solid, well-built rectangular box that fulfilled a huge need in 1950.” Later, he built apartment communities. When it comes down to it, DL’s primary objective wasn’t a lot different from his father’s. He cared for the land and for the people who lived on it. To DL, life wasn’t about the mortgage business; it was about taking care of people and land. He serviced mortgage loans. He built houses. He also built apartment communities. In so doing, he provided a leg up to the growing middle class of the new South. DL Stokes didn’t farm cotton or tobacco or corn, he farmed something different: homes.
Business Focus Shifts1969
After DL and Florence pass away, Tom Stokes Sr. and Mona take over the family business. The focus of the business becomes more centered on loan origination and servicing, real estate brokerage, and insurance sales. (Photo: Tom Sr. and Mona)
Focus Shifts Again to Real Estate1975
Tom and Mona sell the loan servicing and insurance sales arms of the business. The company refocuses on real estate investment and management services.
Tom Jr. Joins the Family Business1987
After graduating from Emory University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Computer Science and English Literature, Tom Stokes travels to the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and other countries with the forty-four member Emory Glee Club and Women’s Chorale for a grand European Tour. He returns to Atlanta in the fall as Director for Academic Computing at The Westminster Schools. In casual conversation with his father, Tom Jr. mentions some IT solutions for the family business. Tom Sr. realizes the value and convinces his son to help.
1996 Atlanta Olympics1996
Tom, Jim and John devise ways to provide housing for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. This work becomes the foundation for reorganizing the company as EpiCity works with homeowners and owners of multi-family units to provide housing for Olympic tourists and employees.
Accolades for EpiCity1999
EpiCity receives the Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC) designation. EpiCity was the first firm in the nation to hold both the CRMC from NARPM and the Accredited Management Organization (AMO®) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
It’s a Family Affair2000
Tom Zachary, pictured, is just one of EpiCity’s longtime employees. Mr. Zachary worked on the original construction team at the Lindmont and Morosgo Apartments in 1948. Tom stayed on as a maintenance director even after the property was sold to the Lane Company in July 2005.Tom Zachary, pictured, is just one of EpiCity’s longtime employees. Mr. Zachary worked on the original construction team at the Lindmont and Morosgo Apartments in 1948. Tom stayed on as a maintenance director even after the property was sold to the Lane Company in July 2005.
Lumberyard Lofts Acquired2001
A 68,000 SF office loft space located at 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Drive in the Chattahoochee Industrial Area. Originally a single building developed for milling lumber, this property was creatively divided into three separate buildings in 2000 and offered modern, attractive loft/creative office space. The award-winning property boomed as the Westside blossomed. It is one of Atlanta’s finest examples of successful adaptive reuse. In May 2018, EpiCity received a favorable offer and exited the property.A 68,000 SF office loft space located at 1425 Ellsworth Industrial Drive in the Chattahoochee Industrial Area. Originally a single building developed for milling lumber, this property was creatively divided into three separate buildings in 2000 and offered modern, attractive loft/creative office space. The award-winning property boomed as the Westside blossomed. It is one of …
Armour Junction Completed2015
Armour Junction is a five-building collection of loft office/industrial space in Buckhead. At the heart of Atlanta’s urban affluence and renewal, Armour Junction is a place where grace and charm coalesce with commerce and technology for the pleasure and profit of all. Following in the footsteps of our highly successful Lumberyard Office Loft development, Armour Junction is shaping into a valuable ‘intown’ Atlanta asset. We are extremely proud of this Atlanta redevelopment project.Armour Junction is a five-building collection of loft office/industrial space in Buckhead. At the heart of Atlanta’s urban affluence and renewal, Armour Junction is a place where grace and charm coalesce with commerce and technology for the pleasure and profit of all. Following in the footsteps of our highly successful Lumberyard Office Loft development, Armour …
Revel In Reuse Fundraiser2017
The event offered attendees a chance to learn how EpiCity and Epic Development partner with the LBC to salvage reusable building materials. EpiCity and Epic Development have been volunteers and partners with The Lifecycle Building Center for several years. The company has given the organization full access to its residential demolition sites. Lifecycle Building Center’s deconstruction crew partners with Epic to selectively remove usable building materials from each project, thereby making these items available to homeowners, builders, small business owners, and nonprofits in the community. These materials include everything from cabinets, countertops, appliances, hardwood flooring, trim molding, plumbing fixtures, lighting, doors, windows, mantles, and many other types of materials. EpiCity and Epic Development played an integral part in the 2017 Gala and fundraising effort.The event offered attendees a chance to learn how EpiCity and Epic Development partner with the LBC to salvage reusable building materials. EpiCity and Epic Development have been volunteers and partners with The Lifecycle Building Center for several years. The company has given the organization full access to its residential demolition sites. Lifecycle Building Center’s deconstruction …
The people who make up EpiCity today trust each other more than you’d expect in a business of any size. They are family to one another, whether literally or not. EpiCity is investing in Atlanta. We are building and renovating in areas like West Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward. Atlanta is an area rich with history and burgeoning with new vitality and EpiCity is right in the center of it all. To learn more about what EpiCity is doing today, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.The people who make up EpiCity today trust each other more than you’d expect in a business of any size. They are family to one another, whether literally or not. EpiCity is investing in Atlanta. We are building and renovating in areas like West Midtown and the Old Fourth Ward. Atlanta is an area rich with …