American journalist and editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations Christopher Morley had a great quote of his own: There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way. 

    After many years of arranging your life around a necessary commute or a particular school district, how will you reward yourself when your time—and your life—are truly your own? Your must-haves probably include a home with the grace and fine appointments you’ve become accustomed to, but with low maintenance and convenience also at the top of the list. And if you want to add ‘bucolic and serene’ to the description, try thinking outside of your zip code.

    With spectacular views over the ever-changing palette of Chesterfield Valley, The Crest Over Katy Trail aims to fulfill your wish list and more. Developed by Cross Homes & Associates, the gated community is located on the highest point in St. Charles County, just east of Whitmoor Country Club.

    “Real estate agents call this area ‘Chesterfield West’,” says company president Bill Cross. “Remember 20 years ago when Chesterfield seemed so far out? Now you can live in a gated community with seclusion, privacy and a five-minute drive to Dierbergs.” First-time visitors to The Crest are often surprised by their short drive, especially if they know the short-cut, he adds. “We’re about 10 minutes from I-270 and Page Avenue, and people love that. Of course, once they’re here, they never want to leave!”

    Every full-brick home is situated on a walk-out lot to take full advantage of breathtaking views. Gabled rooflines and carriage-style garage doors give the neighborhood a decidedly European flavor. Furniture-quality cabinetry, granite kitchens and baths, 10-foot ceilings and custom staircases are just a few of the standard features. “Every home is hand-crafted, with quality and tremendous attention to detail,” Cross explains. And although the list of standard features is comprehensive, customization is available. “Just tell us what you have in mind: swimming pool, wine cellar, elevator? Our goal is to build a home you will want to stay in forever.”   

        Working closely with every client has always been key to the company’s success, Cross notes. “Our clients are in what we call ‘the twilight earning years.’ Their net worth is growing, and the kids are out of college and gone. And while they may be working fewer hours per week, they are still creating wealth.” Because many homeowners at The Crest Over Katy Trail are still active in their careers, Cross explains, they appreciate the community’s easy access to St. Louis County. “Then, when they are ready to retire, they’re already here at this spectacular property. They’re still close to their friends and everything they enjoy in St. Louis.”

    If you’re ready to enjoy your success ‘in your own way,’ Cross is confident The Crest Over Katy Trail can offer the custom home and the custom lifestyle you deserve. “There really is life on this side of the river!” Even the editor of Bartlett’s couldn’t have said it better.  LN

On the Cover: Offering a location both convenient and bucolic, The Crest Over Katy Trail features full-masonry homes with spectacular views of the Chesterfield Valley. The community, located less than 15 minutes from I-270 and the Page Avenue Extension,  is limited to 33 secluded homesites, with prices beginning in the low $600s. For more information call 636-300-1010 or visit

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