The Crescent at University Lake

Within earshot of Mike's roar and eyesight of Tiger Stadium's lights, the Crescent at University Lake represents worry-free upscale living along the lake.

The "Good Life" has an address, and it's 990 Stanford Avenue.
The development sits on 25 acres, right across the boulevard from University Lake and the BREC park where Stanford intersects with LSU Avenue.

Although it is more than 80 percent sold, the Crescent still has a selection of about 30 exclusive condos, each one proving that how you live is just as important as where you live. And how you live at the Crescent is, well, easy.

No detail at The Crescent was too small for builders and developers, from the controlled gate access and tight security systems, to the pool courtyards and common areas. The first floor of the development contains covered parking for residents and homes begin on the second floor.

While the University Lake views in front are awesome, the second Crescent building in back has great views of an 8-acre lake with fountains and a jogging trail. Even though the lake fountains are acres away, the development is so quiet that residents in Building 2 can hear the splashing sounds from their balconies.

Further back in the property is a wetlands area, never likely to be disturbed, according to Lisa Landers, the RE/MAX Professional agent who along with Melissa Landers and Lauren Johnson are marketing homes at the Crescent.

Amenities include a resort style heated pool, built-in stainless grills on balconies, a hospitality lounge with a kitchen, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a private conference center and a library, all made available to each resident. Services include a full-time maintenance staff, a concierge staff and on-site dry cleaning pickup and delivery. The Crescent even has its own post office for the convenience of residents. All that, and we haven't even stepped inside a home yet.

Prices start in the low $300,000's for the one-bedroom residences, the high $400,000's for the two-bedroom residences, and top out in the low $600,000's for the three-bedroom homes. A good selection is available in all three sizes, Landers said.

Unit 322 is a 3-bedroom model home with two baths. The entrance (all entry doors are located in secure interior hallways) leads to a travertine foyer. Some units have travertine floors throughout, but No. 322 has hand-scraped maple hardwood flooring. The maple floors continue into the dining room on the left and the living room straight ahead.

The kitchen has upgrades like a SubZero stainless refrigerator, a Wolf oven, a Bosch dishwasher, an icemaker and an Asko dishwasher. Three centimeter granite tops the counters, and maple cabinetry hangs above a double stainless undermount sink. Standard appliances are GE Profile.

A laundry room, a full bath and the two additional bedrooms are along a hallway behind the kitchen in No. 322's split floor plan.

The master suite has its own separate balcony, and the travertine master bath has a corner whirlpool tub, a big glass walk-in shower, and a big closet with dressers and lots of hanging space.

Although there are optional upgrades available, every home in the Crescent has 10-foot ceilings, open floor plans, terrace balconies with grills, designer lighting, travertine flooring, surround sound wiring, 8-foot doors and windows, brushed nickel fixtures and door/drawer pulls, storage rooms and high-end luxury carpet in the bedrooms.

Landers said current Crescent residents include downsizers, professional couples, second-home owners and a few couples with children.

All exterior maintenance is performed by staff, water is free, there is full-time security and receptionist service, and the entire complex is surrounded by a security fence.

Finally, residents don't have to take any stairs unless they just want to. Elevators service all residential areas.

If you'd like to see how great life can be at the Crescent, the Landers team hold an open house today from 1-4 p.m., and all available homes will be open for display. Don't miss your chance to see these beautiful luxury residences.