"We're trying to bring people together, not isolate them" says Anna Lowder.
Some of you inquired about it, so we checked it out. The whole idea behind the Hampstead community off Taylor Road is to step back in time, and in essence, make living a little easier for residents.
"It's being built around the concept of traditional living," said Anna Lowder of City Loft Corporation.
A project that was 2-and-a-half-years in the making, work is now well underway on the community of Hampstead. The first two buildings going up will be used for retail and office space.
"Those two buildings are around 16 to 17 million dollars," said Harvi Sahota also of City Loft Corporation.
"We're about 60% leased with those buildings," Lowder said.
Hampstead's Main Street will run between the buildings, a street that will eventually lead to some 150 homes as part of phase one.
"We want to go back to the old way of living where streets are connected, and people can meet their daily needs within walking distance," Lowder said.
Anna Lowder says Hampstead is a reflection of a trend that started in the mid-80s across the country, more and more communities being built within the city like Rosemont which was built years ago. Some are gated, although Lowder says Hampstead will not be.
"We're trying to bring people together, not isolate them," she said.
And Lowder believes Hampstead will be different, unlike anything in Montgomery. Plans call for a town square, two churches, apartments, townhouses, a lake, even a school.
"We've had interests in a private school or an elementary public school," Lowder.
Montgomery County school officials say at least for now they have no plans to build a new school in the Hampstead community.
When it's all done Hampstead will have around 1,800 homes, ranging from $150,000 to 1 million.
"We feel this will be a place where you don't have to rely on cars," Lowder said.
Phase one opens in June.