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KentLakes® is an independent magazine for Kentlands,
Lakelands, and the surrounding communities in Gaithersburg,
Maryland. Issues are published on the seventh of each
month with some of the articles published monthly and others
Kentlands is a neo-traditional, or
new urbanist, community. The community design is based
on the concept that the most pleasant living environments
were nineteenth century villages in which homes were grouped
around a town center with shops, community buildings, and
schools. New urbanism has developed architectural
communities going back to this design.
Lakelands is a similar, and neighboring, community
built on property which was also once owned by Otis Beal
Kent. Lakelands has its own distinct character.
Both communities are within walking distance of restaurants,
grocery stores, and shops.
Kentlands was built on the estate of Otis Beall Kent.
His mansion is now the cultural arts center for
Gaithersburg, Maryland. The barn, which is now the
Arts Barn, houses a rich center for community theater and
artists' workspace as well as offices and a pleasant shop
selling the works of local artists.
The former barn loft is now a
99-seat theater for the performing arts.
Kentlands is thought to be the largest and most successful
neo-traditional project in North America.