The Pros and Cons of a Gated Community

Gray Concrete Pathway Besides Pink Flower during DayIf you’re unfamiliar with a gated community, it’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s a community of homes only accessible to residents and their guests. Usually gated off by a gate or wall, there is no access to the roadways without going through the gate. Before you choose a gated community, consider your lifestyle and whether or not the pros outweigh the cons.

Advantages

1. Privacy

Most of the time, the only people around the community are those who live there with the occasional visitors or deliveries. You don’t get many, if not any, solicitors other than neighborhood kids raising money for school or sports fundraisers. So, if you happen to live in a community with a famous person (or you are one), you don’t need to worry about gawkers.

2. Community amenities

Like other communities, every gated one has a Homeowners Association. With the HOA comes:

  • Swimming pools
  • Private parks
  • Kid’s playground
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Hiking trails
  • Jogging & biking paths
  • Exercise facilities
  • Community clubhouse
  • Golf course
  • Tennis courts

While you pay a fee for HOAs, to have all those amenities is totally worth it.

3. Great upkeep

The other perk of a HOA is the regular maintenance and landscaping of the common areas, roads, sidewalks, and curbs. In a gated community, because you are paying more, everything will look a lot neater and cleaner. You could even benefit from your own yard being maintained.

4. Less traffic

Because the community is gated, you don’t need to be concerned with speeders or frantic commuters. This makes your community extremely peaceful without the concern of engines revving or horns honking.

5. Confidence boost

Not only can a gated community instill some confidence in yourself, but it can instill confidence in your safety. You’ll have that extra sense of protection and well-being knowing your exclusivity keeps you enclosed. Not just that, but it can make you feel important socially.

Disadvantages

1. More driving

Depending on your community’s location, you could be farther from schools, shopping, and hospitals. Everything you need access to is outside the gate.

2. Affordability

With all the great amenities comes a great price. Because of the community’s desirability, HOAs tend to cost more.

3. HOA rules

If you plan on enhancing your home’s exterior, you might not be approved. While most HOAs have rules to what you can and can’t do to your home, gated communities are stricter than others.

4. Delivery difficulty

Every home owner receives a unique code that opens the gate. When you order a delivery, if you give the delivery person the wrong code number, it might take a little longer for what you wanted to be a quick delivery.

5. Hosting parties

This is the biggest complaint with gated communities. Some communities require each guest to be registered ahead of time and be given a gate pass to get in. It’s more of a hassle than it would be at any other location.

 

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