Crown, one of the newest additionsto Gaithersburg, combines urbanconvenience with an emphasis oncommunity. Over 2,000 homes, mainlyapartments, townhomes and single-familyhomes, have opened or are in development.
Rooftop decks replace individual yards,and parks are designed to offer communitymembers a taste of nature. The biggestamenity is Downtown Crown, located at thecorner of I-370 and Fields Roadin Gaithersburg. A 258,000-square-footmulti-use complex with everythingfrom Starbucks to LA Fitness, it openedin 2014.
Developers of Kentlands aimed to design acommunity that offered many avenues forresidents to interact: through a traditionaldowntown business district, ample parksand public spaces, houses with expansivefront porches and amenities such as apublic art gallery and theater. It offers adiverse array of housing types, includingmore than 940 houses and 1,200
apartments. Residents of the community,which is celebrating its 30th anniversaryin 2018, say the original mission wasaccomplished. Also notable: Kentlandsresidents can walk to Rachel CarsonElementary School, and multiple shopsand grocery stores.
Lakelands was designed by Duany
Plater-Zyberk & Co., the mastermind
behind the adjacent Kentlands
development, in the late 1990s.
Like its sister neighborhood, 340-acreLakelands aims to replicate a traditionalsmall town, with a Main Street businessdistrict, uniquely designed houses andparks and other public spaces.
Get-togethers include bridge gamesand book clubs, and among therecreation areas are Lakelands Park,with athletic ;elds and a pool wherethe Lakelands Lion;sh swim teampractices.
BY CARALEE ADAMS, LOUISA JAGGAR AND AMY REININK
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