Ron Eberhard's home address has changed five times, even though he's lived in the same house since 1962.

Ron Eberhard's home address has changed five times, even though he's lived in the same house since 1962.

He has watched from a front-row seat as the land that once was his family farm has been transformed into the Pinnacle Club golf course and residential development.

Now a neighbor to the sprawling golf course and the large homes that accompany it, Eberhard said he is satisfied with the residential development that has sprung up around him.

"The economy has slowed the development here," he said.

Still, he said, "We're very happy to be in the middle of it."

Eberhard has witnessed the growth that has changed the land surrounding his home from farmland to something decidedly more suburban. He had tried since 1991 to sell the family property under the direction of his father. The farm had been in the family since his grandfather owned it in 1916.

In May 2004, Eberhard sold more than 200 acres to Joe Ciminello, owner of Pinnacle Development Co. Nine buildings that were part of the farm were torn down to make way for housing.

Eberhard said he liked Ciminello's excitement.

"We did it on a handshake," he said of the deal.

At that time, Grove City was a bedroom community, Eberhard said.

"We were the dumping ground for Franklin County," he said.

Eberhard described the deal with Ciminello as surreal. If it had been delayed even a year, "it would have never happened," he said.