Pros and Cons of Gated Communities When Moving

Pros and Cons of Gated Communities When Moving

A gated community sometimes has a closed perimeter but not always, but it does always have controlled entrances for all residents, pedestrians, automobiles, and bicycles. Gated communities tend to have some sort of amenities which can include gyms, grocery stores, restaurants, golf course(s) and club house, a park type setting, a common area, marina, swimming pool, spas, and saunas, among many other things. If a gated community is large enough you may be able to do all your day to day activities without leaving the community. You will find that most gated communities have privately paid security guards that are called to your home if there is a problem even before the actual police are involved in the situation. If a gated community does not have an actual security guard watching who enters and exits the gates then there will be entry codes and/or key cards with cameras watching who is entering and exiting the community. Most gated communities have higher valued properties than other types of communities. Gated communities are currently the fastest growing type of community in the United States. Many retirement villages across the United States are becoming gated communities.

There are however some downfalls if you choose to live in a gated community rather than another type of community like an urban area or rural area. Gated communities do have there very own security measures with private security guards, but this often times gives there residents a sense of false security. If you look at the research on security in gated communities you will find that gated communities actually have the same amount of crime as a non-gated community. You will also find that gated communities tend to be grouped by boundaries like race/ethnicity, social class, or culture. You will also find that most gated communities have a homeowners association which will allow or prevent you from doing certain things to your home. For instance, if you want to paint your home a certain color it must be approved first and even certain types of landscaping projects must be approved before you can change the current landscape. You will also find that most children that live in gated communities tend to attend private schools, but if they do attend the local public school the school is rated higher than most public schools are.


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