Hampstead was the first traditional neighborhood development to be built under Montgomery’s adopted SmartCode. Using the site’s natural features, the design includes three neighborhoods that differ in character while creating an interconnected community based on the discipline of the five-minute walk. A mixture of housing types gives shape to greens, plazas, and playgrounds designed to promote an active civic environment.
Hampstead differs itself from many other traditional neighborhood in its commitment to the environment and sustainability. Aside from all the benefits of a typical New Urbanist neighborhood, Hampstead will be built with green building features including maximum energy efficiency, low maintenance, air quality, and water conservation. Residents will have options from local and reclaimed materials, to solar energy, and Energy Star qualified home plans. The Hampstead plan was designed to preserve the land's old growth trees, waterways, and natural terrain. It has a 5-acre working, organic farm located at the heart of the neighborhood. The production farm also offers community beds to its residents. The focus is to increase the availability of healthy, local produce in tune with the seasons and educate the wider community on the benefits of sustainable farming. In addition, over thirty percent of Hampstead's 416 acre master plan is protected as green space.