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Old 11-24-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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Are gated communities just in the South? My wife, kids + me are thinking about moving to Florida within the next year. In St Johns County there are two communities ( Probably more I just don't know) that have everything, pools, clubhouses, schools, churches, and grocery stores etc... One is Julington Creek and the other is Nocatee and the schools are some of the best in FL. To me they're like self contained/sufficient communities. Not really gated
I've never noticed communities like this in the Northeast ( I realize the cold weather and pools don't mix for 6 months a year) but the rest of it should work. In Southeastern,PA and Delaware for the most part, houses just get put up near a major road for no reason at all. The community atmosphere down in Florida was awesome. I only visited for a week so take it for whats its worth. But my wife and I like those type of area's.

Please tell me that these aren't younger versions of a 55+.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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I have seen these in the south and in the desert (Arizona, Nevada). This is part of the whole planned community thing. Self sufficiency. There are a few in LA too, but not many.

When a lot of the NE and Midwest cities were built, people didn't plan for this stuff. It was about how many people to safely crowd in a given area for maximum value as opposed to luxury.

A lot of apartments in Phoenix and Las Vegas are still cheaper with all of these amenities. I imagine it is similar to Florida.

I have seen this more with affordable apartments, while the houses tend to be much more expensive (high end).
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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I have seen these in the south and in the desert (Arizona, Nevada). This is part of the whole planned community thing. Self sufficiency. There are a few in LA too, but not many.

When a lot of the NE and Midwest cities were built, people didn't plan for this stuff. It was about how many people to safely crowd in a given area for maximum value as opposed to luxury.

A lot of apartments in Phoenix and Las Vegas are still cheaper with all of these amenities. I imagine it is similar to Florida.

I have seen this more with affordable apartments, while the houses tend to be much more expensive (high end).
The last 15 years or so development went crazy in Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, and the beaches located in Delaware, and the schools have suffered for it.

Actually though on the pool thing, I live in North Wilmington and some of the communities have pools, Maybe 6 in a 2 square mile area, and they are packed from Memorial day to Labor day. HAHA three months of pool weather and people wonder why I wanna get the hell out of here.

Chitown, thanks for your help. I never really pictured the Midwest being like the northeast, for some reason (lack of culture maybe) I've always thought of the midwest less Chicago to be like the South.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Oh haha by Midwest I mean Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis.

Some of the new buildings in downtown Chicago have pools.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:15 PM
 
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I've seen a lot of gated communities in St. Louis, but they're usually just subdivisions, not whole communities. I also see a lot of signs saying "private drive" but really anybody can just drive past those
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Exclamation The positive and negatives ~ check first!

Many, if not all of these “gated” communities have a home owners association and require monthly fees to pay for the common area maintenance that is needed. HOAs can be a positive thing, however they can also be a very negative at times. With so many unoccupied homes that have been foreclosed on, HOA fee money is or has run out to cover the normal costs for the area; thus the homeowners that are left living there are having to increase their fee payments to cover expenses.

HOA rules are not always pleasant to live under should you want to have “special unique likes” about how your home looks outside. Example you want a flagpole in the front yard, but you are restricted. You might want a special type of tree planted but it’s not approved. These examples are only a few of many rules, again some positive and some not so.
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Lewes, Delaware
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The more information I get the better off I'll be, thanks guys for taking the time. I do know about the HOA fees but I didn't consider them going up because of foreclosures. I'm not really big on all the rules but its kinda a compromise between my wife and I. We both though want to be in a safe community with lots of kids, we have two. I'm considering leaving a good job for a really nice location for our kids to go to better schools. The compromise is the weather, I have had enough of the cold, gloomy, soggy, just depressing Northeast winters. I'd rather sweat than shiver.
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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There arent too many in the Bay Area.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Atlanta is full of them..............
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:57 AM
 
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We have planned communities here like Village Green, Timber Banks and Radisson, but we don't have self contained gated communities.

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