STL Life

A Different Kind of Life at Main Street Crossing

Categories: Living in St. Louis, Main Street Crossing, New Homes In St. Louis, New St. Louis Communities, Wildwood | Posted: December 31, 2016

It’s not something we’re used to in the suburbs. Our cars have become an indispensable part of our lives. Walking – with the intent and ability to do more than just exercise – almost seems a lost art for those of us who choose to live outside a city center.


Let us introduce you to Wildwood’s Main Street Crossing – but first, go get your walking shoes on. It’s OK…we’ll wait.

Now that you’re comfortable, here’s the scoop: if you live in Main Street Crossing, you can leave your car keys at home, walk out your front door instead of your garage door, and stroll – as in literally walk, comfortably, without working too hard at it – to everything from a Starbucks and a giant Dierberg’s to a couple of seriously cute boutiques and one of the best restaurants around. Depending on where you work, or your ability to talk your boss into opening a satellite office, you might even be able to walk to work every single day.

Sound impossible in the suburbs? Wildwood Town Center has all that, and now it’ll have Main Street Crossing. We’ve even come up with a new floor plan series to commemorate this new style of community for Payne Family Homes – our New Urban Collection. Stroll down the blocks – no cul-de-sacs – past the nostalgic homes (with garages tucked away in the back) and greet your neighbors on the way to the Saturday morning farmer’s market in the Town Center. Grab some fresh fruits and veggies, and a bottle or two of Missouri wine, and walk back down your street, stopping to sample brunch being served on the elevated, covered front porch of the friends you’ve made next door to your new house.

The pre-sale for Main Street Crossing starts January 1st. It’s the perfect day to start fresh with a whole new perspective on living in Wildwood. Call Community Manager Linda McCarthy at 314-565-8465 to kick 2017 off in a way that’ll probably end up changing the rhythm of your family’s life. Oh, and you might want to make sure you’ve got new walking shoes for your new life, too – you’ll get a whole lot more use out of them in Main Street Crossing.





Country Life, City Life

Categories: Living In St. Charles, New Homes St. Charles, Riverdale | Posted: February 8, 2017

What is it about the allure of “country life”?

 It’s been a pursuit of many Americans since the Model T car made it possible to live farther than walking distance from our jobs. Maybe it’s the salve that soothes those of us who feel like it’s hard to really breathe when surrounded by glass and steel. The gently rolling hills, the green grass, the shade-giving trees, and the unobstructed sky views are exactly what recharges the batteries of so many of us.

But of course, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we’re also – at least in this neck of the woods – a little spoiled by the ability to find pretty much anything we need within a pretty tight radius. The joke-that-sort-of-isn’t-a-joke in St. Louis is “you’re always 20 minutes away from anything here” and, while we chuckle at it, we also probably all are also grateful that we can generally find nearby the shops, restaurants, and grocery stores we need. (Hey, we have a lot of other good traits to celebrate – so what if we are 99% convinced we can’t possibly live more than 10 minutes from a Walmart, a Chick-Fil-A, and a community water park? Embrace who you are, people.)

So it’s no surprise to Payne Family Homes that one of our newest communities – Riverdale – is already proving to be a sought-after choice for new homeowners. It’s the perfect blend of “the hills are alive with the sound of the Mizzou fight song” (yes, I know…but if Julie Andrews had been a sports fan you know she would have totally changed that song to celebrate the Tigers) room to breathe and close proximity to shopping, dining, and the other fun stuff that we simply must have to live life in the suburbs. (Hey, I’m not judging. As I’m writing this, I’m also planning my next trip to Target…which yes, I must do. Side note: I’m not sure how families worked before large discount retailers, and I’m 99% sure I don’t ever want to find out.) (#wheredidyougetbabywipesbeforewalmart).

Anyway, back to Riverdale. The place has 53 acres of common ground, three lakes, and three parks. And it’s three minutes from Hwy. M and seven minutes from I-70. Seriously. There’s farmland behind some of the homes. Farmland, people – get back to nature by walking out your back door at Riverdale. Your kids would flip…and possibly bring home a chicken. A live one – because, why not? You’ll have room!

If the whole idea of country living appeals to you, and you’ve been reading this and have shouted at your screen at least once, “Preach it, sista!”, you might want to go see Tina Bock out at Riverdale. Give her a call at 314-477-1158 and schedule your personal tour. If she breaks out singing “The hiiiillllllls are aliiiiiiive…” it’ll come as no surprise to you – just jump right in and add the harmony to her singing…and possibly to your life as well.


Categories: Family Fun | Posted: December 19, 2016


Especially at the holidays, it’s one of those words that instantly engages all your senses, isn’t it?

christmas-presentsIt’s hearing the squealing excitement of kids rushing into the living room on Christmas morning to see what Santa left them.

christmas-cookiesIt’s smelling the delicious scent of holiday cookies and Grandma’s secret recipe butter rolls that you can’t eat less than half a dozen of at one sitting.

It’s savoring every last bite of those mouthwatering rolls…and the pies…and the cakes…and the fudge…and all those incredibly yummy holiday foods that you exercise your tail off the other 11 months of the year just to be able to eat.

christmas-tableIt’s gently unwrapping and running your fingers over the delicate china that’s been passed down through generations of your family, survived eight or nine moves, a minor earthquake, and the Great Basement Flood of 2010.

It’s seeing your great-grandfather gently rock your newborn son – who’s named after him – and finally fully understanding what the circle of life really is.

It’s where your life happens, in all it’s messy, imperfect, beautifully-celebrated-in-all-the-little-moments-that-mean-so-much glory.

It’s home…and from all of us at Payne Family Homes, we hope your home is filled with light, laughter, and love this holiday season.