The Kentlands MD real estate community is an award-winning neo-traditional community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. What makes this neighborhood unique is that people can walk to do their shopping, walk to school or work. The community features a wide range of housing types including, single family homes, town homes, condominiums and rental apartments along with work/home units.
White picket fences, tree lined streets, sidewalks and various common areas where neighbors can gather are part of the design. The community, a model for new-urbanism design, gains it’s success in creating community. With its active clubs and organizations, the Town Crier newspaper, active recreation program and amateur athletic teams, it can be considered a town within a city. The Kentlands Citizens Assembly works as a homeowners association, maintaining the Kentlands common areas, amenities, and organizing community activities, while the Kentlands Community Foundation assists the community by providing community outreach, volunteerism and promoting the cultural arts.
Kentlands today consists of approximately 1,800 homes divided into several districts, including “Old Farm”, built around the historic mansion and the Kentlands Village Square; “Gatehouse”, named after the farm’s entry gatehouse, which has been reconstructed; the “Hill Districts”; the “Lakes Districts”; “Kentlands Bluff”; “Midtown/Main Street”; “Market Square”; and “Kentlands SquareMultiple open green spaces and pocket parks have been developed where land was available between the districts or in odd spaces near buildings and dwellings.
The town also has a system of artificial lakes that snakes through the community. There are jogging trails that run through the parks and various districts of the neighborhood, and the community’s commercial areas and the facilities operated by the Assembly, which include swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, performance spaces, and a large clubhouse, are all within walking distance.
Market Square, Kentlands Square, and the Boulevard Shops are commercial districts with grocery stores, banks, boutiques, offices, stores, dozens of restaurants, and a 10-screen cinema cafe. Main Street is a mixed-use area with distinctive “live-work” buildings with retail and office uses on the lower floors and residential uses on the upper floors.
Kentlands, along with its sister community Lakelands, is among the largest and arguably most successful of the New Urbanist projects.
Streets are narrow with ample sidewalks and are organized in a grid pattern to eliminate isolated cul-de-sacs. Single-family homes and town homes are built on smaller lots to promote neighborliness, safety, and security, as well as minimize property taxes and upkeep. Schools, stores and numerous parks are within walking distance to further encourage interaction among neighbors and reduce reliance on automobiles. There are many activities held throughout the year for residents to participate in, which reinforces the sense of neighborhood and community. Kentlands sister community is Lakelands which offers residents a multitude of amenities just minutes away. Lakelands is ideal for a variety of lifestyles, whether it be singles, growing families, or empty nesters. Residents can enjoy several parks, running and bike paths, a regular farmers market, summer time outdoor musical events, a community pool, and clubhouse, which features a fully equipped exercise equipment and weight room.
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