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Gated Communities Real Estate

Living in Gated Communities – An air of exclusivity often exists around gated communities, as well as mystery of what lies beyond their large front signs and gate guardhouses. While you are house-hunting, keep in mind these key advantages of living in a gated community to help you determine if life behind the gates is worth it.

If feeling secure in your neighborhood matters the most to you, being surrounded by gates might be a priority. However, not all gated communities have the same features — and crime statistics vary by region. A gate can be worthless if it’s left open most of the time without security personnel at a guard shack. Look for neighborhoods that have reputable security companies with personnel working the front gate, enforcing guest sign in/out procedures, as well as resident notification of visitors. You’ll want friendly but firm personnel who will usher in your guests as quickly as possible but with proper security clearance.

If you’re physically active or like to entertain guests, life in a gated community might be the choice for you. Gated communities can feature golf courses or tennis courts, including coordinated sports activities such as lessons, arranged play and tournaments, as well as pools, clubhouses, exclusive use of lakes and yacht docks, and neighborhood parties.

Although the perception exists that gated communities are expensive, they actually come in many price ranges and housing styles. You don’t have to be rich to reap the benefits of a gated neighborhood. There are less-expensive, “starter” gated communities that might just fit the bill.