Cross Creek Estates, a 38-acre community filled with quality homes with the latest technology, priced for higher-end homeowners, is the epitome of that statement. Selected for its nearness to major highways, Cross Creek Estates is conveniently located for those wanting to reach Uniontown, Morgantown or Pittsburgh, each less than an hour away.
“It would probably take about 20 to 25 minutes to get to Morgantown from Cross Creek,’’ said developer Chip Ciarrocchi.
Pittsburgh from Cross Creek is less than an hour, thanks to the new Mon-Valley Expressway (Turnpike Route 43). Uniontown is only minutes away.
Located in South Union Township (which has one of the lowest property tax rates in Fayette County) Cross Creek was built with room for 75 families.
Many of the homes are sold.
“We have about a dozen lots left in the plan,’’ Ciarrocchi said. “There is no more room for expansion after that.’’
Predominantly, the developer has constructed duplexes and single family homes since construction in Cross Creek Estates began about a decade ago.
So far, Ciarrocchi has built about 11 ranch homes, each on a half-acre lot.
“We will custom build to suit the owner. We can build to the owner’s plans or modify ones we get through a plan service. We can tailor the look of the house, color, cabinets, appliances and other features,” he added.
“We have 50 families in Cross Creek so far. We have 18 villas and the rest are single family homes,” he added.
“It takes the vision to see what the area can be and we always did find there was a need for quality construction. We felt that other areas in southwestern Pennsylvania had a mixed plan with regard to the combination of villas, which are smaller than regular homes and single family homes all in one plan.
“It takes a lot of money, too. We have to have the financing and a master plan of how it is going to evolve. So we go to the bank with the plan and get it properly financed,” he added.
Ciarrocchi said having the experience of 40 years in construction and three successful subdivisions in his portfolio makes financing easier.
“The other concept of Cross Creek (in addition to providing quality housing) is that it is a planned unit development. Those villas are not townhouses or condos but are units in the planned development,” he said.
Once financing is in place, Ciarrocchi said, “we do all the planning for the infrastructure and put it in. We had three phases for developing Cross Creek Estates. We are currently in phase three,“ he said.
“Before we build, we have to get approvals from the DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection), South Union Township (where Cross Creek is located) and the water conservation district.
He explained the approval from DEP is for sanitary sewers and so forth. “The township guidelines we follow are for all setbacks, square footage for lots, etc.“
All of the homes and villas come unfurnished.
“We have a (Cross Creek) homeowner association that everyone belongs to, even single family lots. There are certain restrictions and covenants and the association provides services for the villas. In particular, grass cutting, maintenance, snow removal, year-round care,” he said. Ciarrocchi is president of J&C Builders in Uniontown.
For more information on Cross Creek Estates,
contact Ron Lovelace, RE/MAX Professionals Realtor in Uniontown at 724-366-7428 or 724-425-5444; by email at RonLovelace@me.com; or visit his website at www.RonLovelace.com.