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The New Town at St. Charles
St. Charles, MO
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According to a recent article on MSN Real Estate, "high gas prices are reinforcing the changes already begun by homebuyers reacting to congested freeways, long commute hours and the desire for a different kind of life."

The article is referring to how high gas prices are making people think twice before they buy a home that requires long commutes to work and elsewhere. Many buyers are "trading miles for mortgage dollars." The article states that if you trade in the 50 miles commute for a 10-mile commute, buyers can typically add about $80,000 to the total amount of a mortgage loan!

At The New Town at St. Charles, a new urbanism community off Hwy. 370 and New Town Blvd., many residents are walking and biking more and driving less. Wander through the community on a summer afternoon - residents can be seen canoeing, kayaking or fishing in the lakes and canals. People stroll to Marsala’s Market to pick up some delicious meat for an evening barbecue, and friends can be seen enjoying a glass of wine in the European-style courtyard at the local café.

After a few months of living in New Town, residents realize how the rising gas prices have less of an effect on their lives than most. Buying groceries doesn’t mean a car ride to the mega centers but a simple, relaxing walk to the market. The days of a few hours in the car to a far-away lake have gone by the wayside, as relaxing in the canal at New Town is much simpler and ever so pleasant.

And whereas much of the new construction in St. Charles County is further west, New Town is located within the City of St. Charles limits, shaving many miles off of commutes into St. Louis City.

Entertainment is very prevalent in New Town as well. Every Thursday night there is live music at the Prancing Pony Books & Café from 7 – 9 p.m. Every Friday night a movie is shown at the outdoor amphitheater. There are also music festivals, holiday events and more. Again, all designed to give people a choice to drive less and walk more by providing a variety of needs and entertainment in a true town setting. Check the event calendar on for more detailed information on upcoming events.

While the way of life is the reason people buy at New Town, the architecture runs a close second. The homes, simple and classic in design, are built with some of the finest standards in the industry (and not typically found in new construction), including fiber-cement siding, Kolbe & Kolbe Windows, Tyvek Home Wrap, exposed aggregate driveways and more. "Everything about this town goes back in time and the architecture is no exception," says Greg Whittaker, developer of New Town. “These homes are built to withstand the test of time. It is our belief that New Town – like any beloved old town – will only get better with time."

New Town has been selling at a record pace, recently named the best-selling community out of over 17,000 neighborhoods in 16 states. "While many people are under the impression that they cannot get in for a year or more, that’s not the case," says Whittaker. "We do have a few inventory homes in Phase One for a variety of demographics and price ranges, including lakefront homes, row houses, an apartment mansion and a couple single-family homes."

Whittaker has a beautiful Model 2882 II single-family home on lot 145 ready for move in. "This model has been one of our best-sellers at New Town with a formal dining room, separate living room, four bedrooms and an upper-level loft," says Whittaker.

This particular home has many design features, such as a boxed bay in the dining room, a wood-burning fireplace, 42" cherry cabinets, upgraded appliances, granite countertops with a step-up overhang in the kitchen, hardwood flooring in many of the rooms, ceramic tile in the bathrooms, 8’ white doors and trim, oil rubbed bronze hardware and more.

The exterior of this elegant home radiates character with charming shutters, a double-porch on the front and an added side porch. This home also features added landscaping, an irrigation system and a fence. Price of this home is $498,533.

Ultimately, this $1.5 billion project will be a thriving town with approximately 5,700 residences in ten phases, with a carefully planned mix of homes in addition to a proposed large town center and four neighborhood centers.

To reach The New Town at St. Charles, take Hwy. 370 to north on New Town Blvd., 1 ½ miles to New Town on the right. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For information, call 636-949-2700 or visit