If you’ve ever been so captivated by a place that you never want to leave—and vow to return if you do— then you understand the reaction to The Crest Over Katy Trail, the luxury community of superbly crafted homes overlooking Chesterfield Valley. Pass through the expansive gates at the foot of the hill, and feel the anticipation build as gabled rooflines come into view. Once you experience the to-the-horizon-and-back vistas and the serene ambiance, you’ll get it.

“That was the feeling I had when I first discovered these 45 gorgeous acres,” explains developer Bill Cross of Cross Homes & Associates. “I’d dreamed of creating a neighborhood with classic European style, but the setting had to be just right. The Crest brings that dream and vision to life.”

The community is an ideal mix of privacy and a lowmaintenance lifestyle, he explains, with easy access to restaurants and shopping. And a Cardinals game or dinner downtown? They’re just a short drive away. “That’s the other thing we hear all the time,” Cross notes. “Besides how beautiful it is, people say, It’s so much closer than we thought it was!” The community is less than 15 minutes from Olive Boulevard and the Maryland Heights Expressway. “Just take the Page Extension to the overpass by the Family Arena, turn left on Upper Bottom Road, then left on Jung’s Station Road, which becomes Greens Bottom Road. One mile past the stop sign is Caulk’s Hill Road, with the gated entrance to The Crest.”

With more than 20 years experience, Cross has a comprehensive understanding of what discerning buyers want in a custom home. “Our mission is to build a home that you will want to stay in forever. We involve homeowners in every step of the design and build process, so that the finished product is everything they were dreaming it would be.” Although almost every imaginable ‘extra’ is included in the base price, the full-brick homes can still be customized, he adds. “If the views are luring you to the covered porch,” Cross says, “How about sharing them with friends and a bottle from your own wine cellar? We can build one for you!” All six floor plans are designed for walk-out lots, he adds.

Designed for a low-maintenance lifestyle free of outside chores, homes at The Crest are close to (and named for) one of the most popular hiking and biking trails in the area, the Katy Trail. A favorite of bicyclists, runners and hikers, the easy-to-navigate trail is just steps away.

With a base price of $625,000, the newest display model is an especially good value, Cross notes. “It’s surrounded by homes priced in the low-to-mid-$700s and includes all the most-wanted features that have made these homes so popular, like stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances, custom staircases, furniture-quality cabinets—even the security system is included!”

With fall’s beautiful weather and colors just around the corner, this could be the perfect time to move to the home you’ll never want to leave. Plan an autumn harvest celebration, invite your friends, and don’t be surprised if they decide to become your neighbors.

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