Kentlands, Lakelands, and Beyond
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Kentlands is a community that was
designed to combat the isolating elements of developments with
convoluted streets that have no town center. Kentlands is
based on villages from years past with a market center, schools,
parks and others green spaces and pleasant walks throughout.
Live-work units are another concept brought back in the Kentlands.
While many people still need to commute from the Kentlands, a number
of residents are learning how to work from home.
Lakelands is a community which
was built next to Kentlands and is served by the same market
area. Both communities were built on property once owned by
Otis Beal Kent who envisioned the type of community on the farm
that he named Kentlands.
For practical reasons, developments sprung up
across the United States in which "single use" communities were
considered ideal. This defeated the normal way people like
to live. For millennia humanity has gathered together in
business centers with farms surrounding.The many
city states of Greece were essentially towns. The town, or
century village has come to be recognized as the
of life. We see this in the way we idealize the towns and
small cities of Europe, the New England villages with the white
church spire in the center, the western towns of fiction, and so
many others. Even in large cities, such as Manhattan, residents form smaller units which become like towns in that
their markets, schools, churches, and so on, are located within
concepts have revived the ancient idea of the town, and New
Urbanist or Neo Traditional communities are being planned and
developed which bring back the life style which was developed
away during most of the 20th century.
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Lakelands, and the surrounding communities in Gaithersburg,
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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.
We have celebrated
the concept of the town in paintings and books, in songs such as
"My Town," in the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion,
T.V. shows like Northern Exposure, and now we celebrate
the towne and your town here.
features tree-lined streets and pleasant walks such as the one
pictured above. Houses in Kentlands and Lakelands are built
close together in order to promote the kind of community that
existed from coast to coast in the Our Townes kind of places in 19th