Only a Few Chances Left for a “Home-In-One”
at T.R. Hughes’ St. Andrews
To a golfer, mention of St. Andrews is likely to evoke idyllic images of the sport’s birthplace – the legendary “Home of Golf” in Scotland. For several hundred St. Charles residents, thoughts of St. Andrews are equally idyllic, but to them it simply means “home.”
Located just north of Interstate 70, a half-mile west of Zumbehl Road, T.R. Hughes Homes’ 334-homesite, multi-product neighborhood is built on the grounds of the former St. Andrews Golf Course, a local 18-hole public course.
It’s a race against time for buyers hoping to own a single-family home in St. Andrews, however. Only a few of the original 101 home settings in the single-family section remain for purchase.
An Incomparable Location
When offered for sale, the 110-acre St. Andrews tract was one of the very few pieces of land still available for new-home development north of the Interstate in St. Charles, and T.R. Hughes wasted no time in acquiring the property.
A longtime St. Charles resident himself, CEO Tom Hughes recognized the intrinsic value of the site. “It’s the best location around,” he maintains, “with instant access to I-70, Route 370, midtown and downtown St. Charles and close to every conceivable retail, service, and medical facility – but without the traffic congestion on the south side of the highway.”
Hughes’ vision for St. Andrews was to create a community that would address multiple lifestyles and appeal to the broadest possible range of homebuyers. The mixed-use development features single-family homes, attached and detached villas, townhomes, and St. Andrews Estates, a gated 20-site enclave of high-end custom homes.
Now well established as one of the most successful new-home communities in the vicinity, St. Andrews showcases 25 acres of common ground, mature trees, exquisite landscaping, a fountained lake, and walking trails. Handsome brick-&-stone entry monuments mark the entrances, and public education is provided by the City of St. Charles School District, honored by the state for Distinction in Performance for five consecutive years.
Designs of the Times
St. Andrews’ single-family design portfolio consists of 16 fabulous ranch, story-&-a-half, and two-story plans, all including a standard 3-car garage. Starting from $200,900, these fine homes provide three to four bedrooms, 1612 to 4126 square feet of living space, and an outstanding selection of elevations for each model.
Various plans also include bonus rooms, hearth rooms, elevated ceilings, 2-story great rooms, and a home office or study.
Among the dozens of other noteworthy standards are 30-year architectural shingles, low-maintenance exterior components, energy-efficient insulation and HVAC, Silver LineŽ low-E vinyl windows by Andersen, quality floorcoverings and appliances, cultured marble vanity tops, MoenŽ fixtures, a main-floor laundry (per plan), concrete patio, 42”-wide curved entry walk, street tree, and a fully sodded yard.
What distinguishes T.R. Hughes Homes from other builders, however, is the company’s willingness to modify its plans. “Every home we build is a custom home,” the CEO asserts. “We’re more than happy to adapt any of our home designs to accommodate the customer’s specific needs and lifestyle.”
Introducing the T.R. Hughes Smart Lifestyle Home
There’s an added bonus in store for the final single-family buyers making their new-home investments at St. Andrews, as well. Imagine being able to close your garage door, monitor your security system, turn lights on and off, and control your TV from your phone or computer while at home or on vacation!
T.R. Hughes is well-known as a pacesetter, continually staying abreast – or ahead – of the latest trends in homebuilding. Making its official debut at St. Andrews is the “T.R. Hughes Smart Lifestyle Home,” keeping owners connected to every aspect of their homes, including thermostats, security systems, door locks, lighting, garage doors, and music via their personal computers, iPads, or Smart Phones.
This innovative technology will be offered as an option with the remaining single-family homes in the community and installed locally by The SOHO Shop, leaders in Smart Home technology.
With a tap of their keypads or Touch Screens, owners will enjoy peace of mind with “One button” control of their homes, plus a host of effortless, money-saving, automatic conveniences, such as home security, entertainment, energy-efficiency, comfort, and remote control and monitoring.
“Smart Lifestyle Home technology is the future,” Hughes remarked, “and we’re embracing it by bringing this revolutionary technology to our customers.”
There’s More to Life at St. Andrews
Even if you’re not in the market for a single-family home, there are plenty of exciting reasons to visit St. Andrews. Buyers looking for a carefree, minimum-maintenance lifestyle have the choice of six charming 2- and 3-bedroom attached townhome designs, with prices starting from just $138,900. Optional layouts are available with several of the 1.5- and 2-story plans, and all come with an attached 2-car garage, full basement, in-ground lawn sprinkler system, and landscaping package.
It’s easy to understand why the builder’s collection of villa homes has been such a smash hit. The choices are phenomenal! – 10 ranch and 1.5-story plans; attached or detached; two or three bedrooms; 1200 to 2516 square feet; walk-out and lookout sites; base prices from the $160’s to $220’s; and the option of finished lower level.
Then there are the villas’ numerous price-included amenities, such as elegant brick-&-stone elevations, 2-car garages with carriage-style doors, vaulted ceilings (per plan), cedar decks, fully sodded yards with sprinkler system and landscaping package – and, of course, provided exteriors maintenance services.
Of the 77 sites in Phase I of the villa section, only 12 remain for purchase, and Phase II, with 63 additional settings, is now open for sales.
And for the ultimate in high-fashion living, St. Andrews Estates allows purchasers virtually unlimited freedom to express their individuality with an exquisitely crafted custom residence, in a scenic, privately gated environment. Only 12 of these spectacular custom settings are still available, and home prices start from the $900’s.
A Name You Can Trust
Over the years, the T.R. Hughes name has become virtually synonymous with St. Charles. Although CEO Tom Hughes had been building homes since the mid-1980’s, his firm was officially established in 1994 and has been responsible for the construction of thousands of homes in the metro region, with the vast majority in St. Charles County. Currently, three communities, including St. Andrews, are being marketed under the T.R. Hughes Homes banner.
The CEO’s personal faith and staunch commitment to “treating people the way you would want to be treated” have set the standard for all of the company’s operations. With this business philosophy, it’s hardly surprising that T.R. Hughes was voted “Best Homebuilder in St. Charles County” for eight years in a row by readers of the Suburban Journals.
Throughout its history, the firm has been recognized with countless national, local, and industry awards and honors for construction excellence, architectural design, and investment value; customer satisfaction; and its civic and charitable contributions.
Whatever your lifestyle, whatever your price range, you’ll want to make St. Andrews the first stop on your new-home shopping tour in 2012. The community information center is open Saturday through Wednesday,11:00 to 5:00, and sales manager Kristin Gansman will be delighted to provide you with complete information on T.R. Hughes’ revolutionary new “Smart Lifestyle Home.”