Anna Lowder: How she became an award-winning housing developer in a male dominated industry

Anna Lowder, Co-founder and Director of Hampstead, a 416-acre New Urbanist community in Montgomery, Ala., where she leads the town planning, design, construction, and marketing joins Enterprise Radio.

Listen to host Eric Dye & guests Anna Lowder discuss the following:

  1. You’re a female in what has historically been a male dominated industry. What inspired you to build a career in the housing industry, and what advice would you share with others who aspire to be entrepreneurs?
  2. How did your personal and professional experiences influence how you designed and developed Hampstead?
  3. The national housing market has seen strong demand for more than a year. How has demand and the labor/lumber shortage impacted Hampstead?
  4. What’s next for you, and what is your prediction for the housing market? Will supply finally catch up with demand?
  5. We are currently seeing more demand than supply in the housing market. What advice would you give to a potential home buyer who wants to set themselves apart from competing offers for a home?

Anna Lowder is a co-founder and director of Hampstead, a New Urbanist community located in Montgomery, Alabama. Together with her husband, Harvi Sahota, Lowder moved to Montgomery from London, England, in 2005, where the couple set out to contribute to the revitalization of urban areas and historic city centers. After restoring a warehouse in Downtown Montgomery to lofts and commercial space, they redeveloped a former A&P Grocery site in a Montgomery neighborhood. For their efforts on The A&P, the couple received an international design award, the 2008 Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Award – the first awarded in Alabama. They would go on to receive the 2011 CNU Charter Award for Hampstead.

While establishing Hampstead, the couple founded Mercer Home, a development company focused on creating “forever homes” of long-term value in Hampstead, where residences vary from town homes and condominiums, to spacious courtyard plans and large estate homes.

Lowder graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University in London, England with a Bachelor of Arts in Design; and, Cum Laude from Boston University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Print Journalism. She is a member of the National Town Builders Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a TedX Dexter Avenue presenter. Together with her husband and two children, Lowder resides in Hampstead and Alys Beach.


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