The residents of The New Town at St. Charles, Missouri, have successfully instilled the concept of community
into every square inch of their thriving, small-town environment. From the classic elegance of the neighborhood cottages and
lushness of the local landscaping to the variety of services available to residents within walking distance, The New Town
at St. Charles has blossomed into one of our favorite cottage towns.
This new traditional neighborhood
development is the inspiration of Greg Whittaker, of Whittaker Builder's, Inc, who decided to expand beyond building quality-crafted
homes to establishing a quality-enriched community centered on the design principles of the concept of new urbanism and fosters
a union of innovative ideas and passionate planning.
Following the first
planning session for The New Town at St. Charles, which was held in mid February of 2003, Whittaker assembled a talented team
of planners and architects who paved the way for what has evolved into a most successful new community.
From the cozy cottage bungalows to the sleek design of The New Town apartments,
there's a wide choice of residential selections for every individual homeowner's needs. Architecturally, these homes
have been blended into a tasteful mix with several inviting neighborhoods, all imbued with a colorful New Orleans-style character.
With spacious front porches, a number of gathering areas and tree-lined well-lit sidewalks, the organization of The New Town emphasizes the importance
of neighborhood interaction. And in a town that was built on new urbanism principles, The New Town at St. Charles is a pedestrian-centered
activity-oriented community. The integral canal system that runs through town also allows most residents a water-front view
from their bedroom window.
As lovely as that sounds, The New Town dwellers
don't spend most of their time inside their homes. Weekly events, such as Friday night movies and live music at the bookstore
on Thursdays, keep the community life engaging and friendly. In keeping with the healthy lifestyle theme, there is also an
organic farm providing locally-grown produce, a popular bicycle club and a booming fitness center.
The New Town at St. Charles illustrates the potential of merging new urbanism
with the cottage style. For more information on The New Town, visit their web site