One Weekend, 2 Grand Openings!


What’s your pleasure? A luxurious new single-family home? An easy-maintenance villa? Whatever your preference, you are cordially invited to join the festivities as Payne Family Homes celebrates the opening of two fabulous new St. Charles County communities in mid-July.


Buy the home, the view comes with it!

…in The Crest Over Katy Trail (314-220-2861)


Perched on a lushly wooded bluff off Greens Bottom Road – the highest point in St. Charles County – is The Crest Over Katy Trail, where Payne Family Homes recently purchased 15 view-packed home settings and will open for sales on the weekend of July 14-15.

Configured around two cul-de-sacs, this gloriously scenic neighborhood overlooks the Katy Trail and is gated for residents’ privacy. “We’re really excited to be joining Cross Homes in The Crest,” community sales manager Kim McIver enthused. “It’s a great opportunity for people to build a new home in a gorgeous community that’s so conveniently located – only about five miles from the Page Extension. And the Katy Trail is just steps away!”

The majority of Payne’s homesites back to dense stands of trees, creating a spectacular backdrop for the builder’s upscale Lifestyle design collection. “Customers are constantly telling me they want a wooded, walk-out homesite that can accommodate a three-car garage,” McIver observed. “Well, that’s exactly what we’re offering here, and interest has been tremendous.”

Buyers can choose from 10 luxurious ranch, story-&-a-half, and 2-story plans, providing 1627 to 3338 square feet of living space, two to four bedrooms, and an array of top-of-the-line elevations. Pricing starts from the $260’s and, since all but three of the homesites are walk-outs, the builder has made 10-foot foundations standard, allowing for an innovative “terrace” lower level.

“We’re focusing on outdoor living here,” McIver added, “and the Barcelona is a perfect example.” She’s referring to The Crest’s first inventory model, a new plan just introduced to Lifestyle portfolio and expected to be under construction by mid-July.

This 1882-square-foot split-bedroom ranch has an open, free-flowing floorplan and will showcase an optional 12-foot ceiling in the great room, plus the many fashionable design elements that characterize the Lifestyle Collection.

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the Barcelona, however, is its generously proportioned rear “courtyard,” an outdoor living area bracketed by the home’s wings and accessible from the casual dining café. “Owners have a multitude of exciting options for this space,” McIver explained. “It can be left open as a patio, covered for an outdoor kitchen, or even enclosed for a multi-season room.”

Home sales for The Crest over Katy Trail will be conducted from Payne’s nearby Tuscany community (314-220-2861), and interested prospects can register for advance VIP information by e-mailing

The Livin’ Is Easy!

…in The Villas at Walden Pond (314-996-9909)


If your lawn sprinkler has been running full blast for weeks and the blistering heat has made yard work a misery, there’s relief in sight! Carefree living is just one of the many attractions as Payne Family Homes celebrates Grand Opening of The Villas at Walden Pond, the company’s first residential offering in O’Fallon (MO).

The event is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, July 15, from 1:00 to 5:00, and visitors will be treated to free refreshments, music, and the opportunity to take advantage of incredible Grand Opening incentives.

Taking center stage will be the “Earhart” display, a wonderfully open, 1444-square-foot ranch-style villa, shown with a variety of custom amenities and one of Payne Family’s most innovative design options – an upper-level “eagle’s nest” that adds another 546 square feet and includes a loft and third bedroom and bath.

“Actually, we have two ranch plans that allow for this option,” noted community sales manager Jane Peacock. “The eagle’s nest can be constructed as a multi-purpose loft or a loft/bedroom suite combination and, since all of our plans come with a full basement, this gives homebuyers the freedom to expand by building up and/or down.”

The Walden Pond collection showcases five of Payne Family’s top-selling ranch, story-&-a-half, and 2-story villa designs and introduces a stunning array of all-new elevations in assorted combinations of brick, stone, stucco, shake, and siding. Attached in pairs, the basic plans provide 1338 to 2424 square feet of living space. All include a 2-car garage, and customers choose from 44 walk-out and ingrade sites, many of which back to mature woods.

“Our pricing is the real show-stopper, though,” Peacock remarked. “These spacious, easy-maintenance homes start from the upper $130’s, which is an amazing price point for this product line.”

Walden Pond’s superb location is another major asset. The established, multi-product neighborhood is conveniently located off Bryan Road and I-70 in North O’Fallon, instantly accessible to the city’s wealth of shopping, dining, and recreational facilities and served by top-rated Fort Zumwalt schools.

During Grand Opening, visitors will also be able to view a newly-completed, 2-bedroom “Keller” ranch, loaded with luxury upgrades and sale-priced at $149,900 for the opening celebration only, and an inventory version of the Earhart which has been held at framing for completion to owner specification.

So, save the date, and join the Grand Opening fun. See how easy – and affordable! – home ownership can be in The Villas at Walden Pond.

Ranked #2 among St. Louis’ fastest-growing private companies by the St. Louis Business Journal, Payne Family Homes is currently offering its award-winning home designs in 12 fine neighborhoods in St. Charles, St. Peters, Cottleville, O’Fallon, Wentzville, Fenton, and Eureka.

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