Why live in a gated community? If you’ve ever considered living in one, now’s a good time to move – these developments aren’t just about exclusivity. They offer safety, security, peace of mind, and other benefits to residents.
- Safety and security
- Peace and privacy
- Sense of community
- Less solicitation
- Visual cohesion
For most buyers, the main appeal of living in a gated community has to do with the promise of safety and security. Only bona fide residents and their guests and staff can enter the gates. There will be 24/7 security stationed at key access points to control the flow of people entering and leaving the community. Trained security personnel can also step in and deal with any unexpected incidents or prevent them from happening.
With limited and controlled access to the community, you won’t have to worry about congested streets and high foot traffic. This means less noise, reduced air pollution, and less likelihood of conflict and road accidents within the neighborhood. When there’s less traffic, children can play on the streets and go for walks in a peaceful and quiet environment.
There’s also the sense that you can move freely and attend to your private affairs without onlookers or outside interference, which can put you at ease and feel more comfortable.
Gated communities typically feature upscale recreational facilities like clubhouses, outdoor pools, tennis courts, golf courses, playgrounds, and walking trails. These facilities are only available to residents and their guests, which means that you won’t have to compete for bookings and reservations. A portion of your association fees go toward the upkeep of common areas and facilities, so you can expect these amenities to be fairly clean and well-maintained throughout the year.
It’s common for homeowners’ associations to organize parties, sports tournaments, entertainment events, seasonal celebrations, and other social functions. This gives you many opportunities to meet new people and volunteer at community events. Many people who live in gated communities have a strong support system, particularly if they’re suffering from illness, mobility issues, and other challenges.
With gate access tightly controlled by security personnel or a digital keypad, you can expect to deal with fewer or no solicitors. You won’t have to deal with uninvited surveyors or salespersons coming to your home. That means fewer interruptions in your day-to-day schedule.
Bad home design is an eyesore. That’s why most gated communities have boards dedicated to screening and approving proposals from builders and contractors. Since homeowners are concerned about preserving property values and the unique character of the community, there are often stringent guidelines on renovations and new construction in addition to making sure that all construction work is up to date on building codes and safety.
Because of this, homes in gated communities tend to retain their value better than comparable properties in non-gated neighborhoods. Buyers can also be assured of the quality and architectural integrity of homes in the community.
If you think gated community living is for you, contact The Pacitto Group here. You can also call us at 805.494.4663 or send an email to Teri(dotted)Pacitto(at)sir(dotted)com for inquiries. We specialize in luxury homes and gated communities, helping clients in Westlake Village and the surrounding areas.