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New Town's uniqueness draws couple to open-concept home there
At home with Katie and Sean Rogerson

New Town's uniqueness draws couple to open-concept home there

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Katie Rogerson admits New Town isn’t for everybody. The houses are close together. The garages are detached. The big shopping areas aren’t super close. But the uniqueness of the community outweighs all that, she says.

“I almost feel like I live in a minicity with everything there is to do here,” she says.

New Town is more than a subdivision, but not officially a city. Developer Greg Whittaker created it in 2004 on land north of Highway 370 in St. Charles County; it keeps growing, and houses are still being built. Brick-lined streets, canals, restaurants and bars, a chapel, a Pilates studio, playgrounds, a small grocery, an amphitheater, a Town Hall and several lakes where residents can swim, fish or kayak are some of the highlights.

It was one of those restaurants that drew the Rogersons there two years ago.

“We had read about this restaurant and wanted to go there for our anniversary,” Katie says. They had been living in St. Peters at the time and were considering moving to a bigger home. They set their GPS for Pangea, a contemporary bistro in the heart of New Town’s “downtown” area.

“I didn’t know anything about New Town at the time,” Katie says. “As we drove into it, I looked around and was like ... what is this? This is adorable. It’s like the East Coast and so unique and not your typical subdivision houses.”

At Home with Katie Rogerson

Katie Rogerson is photographed in her reading with her canine companions, Izzy, 7, top, and Sookie, 9, at her New Town home on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in St. Charles. The Rogersons, who moved into the community last fall, enjoy the privacy and location of their small community and particularly love watching sunsets from their second-story bedroom balcony. Photo by Lexi Browning, lbrowning@post-dispatch.com

They asked their real-estate agent to add New Town to their searches. Eventually, they found their new home and moved in last June.

Their home had been built just the year before. The previous owners had to move for work after living there for only nine months. Katie fell in love with the open concept of the house, the tall ceilings and the abundant light.

Somewhat unique to her particular location in New Town is a shared common front lawn, which means houses won’t be built up around her. She’s also in the Beach District and can see a large lake with, of course, a beach from her balcony.

Oh yes, the balcony.

“We love it,” she says. “As soon as we moved in, we bought outdoor furniture for it.” Two cushioned gliding chairs and a bistro set fit perfectly on the wide second-floor deck off the master bedroom.

“The feature I love most about our house is the balcony where we watch the sunset nearly every evening during the summer,” Sean says.

The previous owners outfitted the two-story, four-bedroom house perfectly for the Rogersons. The hardwood floors are great for cleaning up after the dogs. The front door opens to reveal a wide space with the library at the right and the dining room at the left. A butler’s pantry connects the dining room to the spacious kitchen, which connects with the breakfast area and great room in one big space. The centerpiece is an angled stone fireplace that gives character to the room.

An accent wall of orange highlights the kitchen, a cornflower blue wall is the backdrop for bookcases in the library, and a lighter shade of blue can be found on a wall in the master bedroom.

“The previous owners really liked the accent wall,” Katie jokes. But she likes it, too. She also likes the one object they left behind: a plant.

“They couldn’t take it with them, so they just left it here,” Katie says of the 16-year old dieffenbachia, which she has named Jeff and keeps in the breakfast area. “I took a picture of it and sent it to them to show them I’m taking good care of it.”

Katie and Sean are avid travelers; their staircase wall contains photos chronicling their travels. They are also avid readers; anyone with a library room would be. But Katie also has themed two of the home’s four bedrooms: One is the Lincoln bedroom, with a drawing of Abe on the wall above the bed; the other is a Harry Potter bedroom with classic quotes from the series framed and placed around the room along with decorative owls, a pillow and other touches.

The room fits her, just as the house and the town do. “We really love it here, and I just wanted to share that.”

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