Village of Cross Keys is a privately owned upscale area of Baltimore, Maryland. It is located off Falls Road between Northern Parkway and Coldspring Lane, and is home to luxury condos and upscale small shops. Baltimore financer and mall developer James Rouse (founder of The Rouse Company) purchased the Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.-designed Baltimore Country Club Golf Course unseen for $1,700,000 near his Roland Park, Baltimore home in 1963. It was the first in a series of planned communities developed by Rouse, culminating in Columbia, Maryland. The 5000 person Village was built on the historic property in 1965. Micheal D Spear was the development director, later becoming CEO of the Rouse Company. Vacant office space was occupied by Rouse headquarters until moving to its next development of Columbia. The retail component of the village has declined with competition from Towson Town Center to the north and Harbor East to the South. General Growth properties divested itself of the venture, selling to Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp in 2012.