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Old 08-11-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Gated communities have their share of crime. They also have many restrictions that can cause issues, sometimes it works out but not always. The other factor is high costs of HOA dues for taking care of the common areas of the gated community. These fees can get out of hand depending on how much property needs to be cared for. Common swimming pools, club houses, security guards can get very expensive to say nothing about the unoccupied houses for sale that no one is paying their share of HOA fees and the whole community has to make up for them.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Gated communities have their share of crime. They also have many restrictions that can cause issues, sometimes it works out but not always. The other factor is high costs of HOA dues for taking care of the common areas of the gated community. These fees can get out of hand depending on how much property needs to be cared for. Common swimming pools, club houses, security guards can get very expensive to say nothing about the unoccupied houses for sale that no one is paying their share of HOA fees and the whole community has to make up for them.
This is true, however, its not just a problem in "gated communities" but in master planned communities in general. As for the gated thing, I don't like them and I think they just give homeowners a false sense of security. I suppose the kind with an actual guard on duty 24/7 might be relatively safe, at least with people driving in. Used to live near one where no one got through the gate without the homeowners permission. However, you could easily get in subdivision by just crawling over a low fence on a greenbelt in the back of the neighborhood. There was some alley that actually opened up to the outside without a gate. My kids used to ride their bikes there all the time. The neighborhoods that are unmanned are just silly to me. We had lots of them near us in Houston and here in OKC as well. They usually leave the gates open during the morning and evening "rush hours". Anyone can drive in. And I've seen lots of people "piggyback" behind other drivers entering through the gates. When my oldest had just gotten his drivers license he and his brother used to regularly drive through one near us where some of the Houston Rockets lived. The gates were always just standing open. I guess I've just never lived anywhere where criminal element was so near by that I felt the need lock myself behind a fence to keep out the world.
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