Perhaps it’s the Louis XI antique armoire you found in the south of France, or an imposing tester bed inherited from a grandparent. You’ve spent a lifetime collecting beautiful furnishings for your home and every piece has equally beautiful memories. So what happens when you’re ready to downsize from that big house and begin living the lifestyle you’ve imagined for years?

    “Just because you want less square footage, you shouldn’t have to settle for tiny rooms that will look very crowded with your heirloom pieces,” explains developer Bill Cross, president of Cross Homes & Associates. “Some builders try to put the same number of rooms into less square footage, and it’s just not attractive or functional. And, because your furniture doesn’t fit, the rooms look even smaller.”

    At the company’s newest development, The Crest Over Katy Trail, the all-brick, single family homes are designed with expansive spaces, thoughtfully created to provide luxury living without wasted square footage. Cross describes the concept as “living large in a small footprint.”

    The low-maintenance lifestyle of the gated community has tremendous appeal for buyers who are longing to give up their snow blowers and lawn care commitments. And while there’s no yard to manage, homeowners don’t have to settle for uninspiring views into a tiny courtyard, because every walkout lot offers a panoramic vista that stretches for miles across the Chesterfield Valley. “First-time visitors often say it’s like looking out over California wine country,” says Cross. “And the floor plans were created specifically to take full advantage of the one-of-a-kind views.” The Napa Valley ambiance can be enhanced with the addition of a custom wine cellar, he adds.

    “Almost everything is included in the base price, but a swimming pool, hot tub or wine cellar are optional custom features.” Included luxury touches include furniture-quality cabinetry throughout, granite in the kitchen and baths, 10-foot ceilings and custom staircases.

    Ideally situated to combine convenient access with privacy and seclusion, The Crest Over Katy Trail is just minutes from Olive Boulevard and the Maryland Heights expressway. Visitors often express surprise at the close location. “It’s so funny—people are not used to being on this side of the river, and they ask the most surprising questions! Do we have county water and natural gas here? Of course, we do! What we don’t have is the stress of noise, traffic and outside chores.”

    Cross and his two partners, Eileen Newton and Scott Pogrelis, work directly with clients to achieve personalized results, and Cross believes this is a critical factor in the company’s continued success and ongoing relationships. “It’s nice for home buyers to be able to work directly with the owners,” he says. “The communication is just between us, so they don’t have to worry about important details being distorted, or a message not being passed on.”

    And perhaps the most important message? Homeowners at The Crest Over Katy Trail have the lifestyle they’ve earned, without sacrificing the special pieces and memories that make their house a home.  LN

On the Cover: With location, luxury and expansive views, The Crest Over Katy Trail is attracting discerning buyers from throughout the area. The community, located less than 15 minutes from I-270 and the Page 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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