So you’re ready to retire the snow shovel, the lawn mower and that gutter-cleaning gadget that never really worked, and move to a luxury home outfitted with a wine cellar instead of a garden shed. Maybe you’ve been ready for a few years, but the troubled real estate market was hampering your plans. Now, with interest rates at historic lows, it’s time to consider the no-maintenance freedom of a gated community designed for a carefree lifestyle, according to Bill Cross, of Cross Homes & Associates.

“Why would you wait? I can tell you, the cost of building materials has increased two or three times already this year, so prices for a new home will never be lower,” he says. The newest development by Cross Homes, The Crest Over Katy Trail, caters to buyers seeking a relaxing lifestyle in a private setting. “It’s perfectly situated on 45 gorgeous acres overlooking the entire Chesterfield Valley,” says Cross. “The views are simply spectacular, reminiscent of California wine country. And with no outside chores to worry about, homeowners have more time to enjoy the Katy Trail, which is just a short walk from their front door.”

For buyers seeking seclusion without the commute, the development’s location makes it an ideal choice, according to Cross. “We are less than 15 minutes from I-270 and the Page Extension,” he explains. “This private, gated community is so close to everything, while still offering a tranquil place to decompress at the end of a long day.”

For buyers who are downsizing from a large family home, the homes are carefully crafted to ‘live large in a smaller overall footprint,’ according to Cross. “Quite often builders of villa-style homes will try to plug the same number of rooms into less square footage, and it just doesn’t work, because the rooms look and feel small, and your furniture might not fit. We’ve done just the opposite here. These all-brick homes offer lots of space, but fewer rooms,” he explains. “And the outdoor spaces are expansive, as well. Every homesite features a walk-out lower level, so it’s perfect if you want to add a waterfall, pool or a hottub.”

Explaining the development’s appeal to empty-nester couples, Cross says, “With this home, it’s all about you, not the kids. No more worrying about school districts or making sure the kids are OK. It’s your turn!” Although The Crest Over Katy Trail attracts many couples whose children are grown, Cross says the neighborhood is not age-restricted, “Young professionals don’t want to spend their free time on outside maintenance, either. We have a nice mix of folks.”

A relaxing lifestyle is apparent from the beginning of the building process, explains Cross, because there are virtually no decisions about optional amenities. “Our list of standard features includes things that are usually considered upgrades—like full-brick exteriors, granite counters throughout the home—even the security system is standard. If you have something special in mind, like a wine cellar, we can do that too. Because we are a small, specialized company, clients work directly with the owners. All that’s left for you to do is invite your friends over, relax and enjoy the view.”

On the Cover: Cross Homes & Associates has debuted its newest development,  The Crest Over Katy Trail, on a 45-acre site overlooking Chesterfield Valley. 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 mid $600s. For more information call 636-300-1010 or visit photo courtesy of Sandbox Creative • cover design by Erica Fisher

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