Seaside in East Montgomery, AL? Check out Hampstead

October 22nd, 2008 categories: Montgomery, Neighborhoods

I'd heard the Town of Hampstead would be the Seaside of East Montgomery, but I had my doubts.  How can you create the intanglible presence of a place like Seaside, FL along the cow pastures of Taylor Road?

Well - it's been done.  I drove by today and was shocked.  Hampstead is COOL.

What you see from the Taylor Road are the mixed-use buildings of High Street's Town Center. This is the retail and office area of Hampstead that houses businesses, new restaurants like Number Sixteen (opening in November), and Y's Up (YMCA) at Hampstead.  The Town of Hampstead website calls these live/work structures, so apparently there is living space in these buildings as well.

The Town of Hampstead was designed by DPZ, the same group responsible for Seaside, FL, and the same "rules" apply here:  it is walkable, encourages human interaction, and the buildings "are appropriate for their surroundings."  A third of the the development's 416 acres is green space.  There is a bocce court, a farm where produce for the restaurant will be grown, a boating lake, a tennis area, playgrounds, and a spectrum of high-end home plans to choose from.

Village Homes

Number 16 restaurant outdoor dining area

Number Sixteen restaurant outdoor dining area

Town Center

Town Center

Row houses

Row houses

View from Taylor Road

View from Taylor Road

If you are intrigued, it's easy to check out Hampstead this weekend.  The Parade of Homes is Oct 24-26th from 1:00 to 6:00pm, and the first Farmer's Market will be held on High Street this Saturday from 8am to 2pm.  For more information, here's an article from Montgomery Living Magazine.

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