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View Poll Results: Would you live in a gated community?
Yes, if I could afford it. 89 35.04%
No, I like traditional neighborhoods. 140 55.12%
I'm not sure.. 25 9.84%
Voters: 254. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-15-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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Gated communities are not any safer. They just provide a very false sense of security.

I lived in a gated community for over 8 years and found it to be a pain in the rear every time I wanted to go in and out of the gate. Plus you have to pay for that...not worth it. If given the choice I'd pick not gated over gated....

Furthermore, there were always problems with the gate. Someone would not be able to get in so they would push it open with their car, break it and then we had to pay to repair it out of our HOA dues. Always problems...considering it doesn't keep out anything bad it's not worth it. And criminals live somewhere too, they may live right next door, then you are gated in there with them.

On another occassion the electricity in the area went out. When that happens the gate is supposed to open up and stay open. Nope... didn't happen. So people were stuck either on the outside or inside trying to get home. I was on the outside trying to get home... They are a pain!
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Old 04-15-2007, 02:52 PM
 
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I don't like communities/neighborhoods like those, I prefer just streets/city-like...
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Old 04-15-2007, 03:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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throughout the world none of the truly great and ultra nice neighborhoods are gated, that says something. I personally agree with you in that gated communities and "communties" in general are very artificial, cookie cutter, and a pain. Whenever someone in one of these "communities" wants to have people over they have to approve it with the "guards" at the "front gate" and if the list of people is long, well that is just not worth it. Look at Palm Beach, Buckhead, Port Royal, Coral Gables, northshore, upper east side, beverly hills, etc. These are great neighborhoods and are nice than any gated community wants to be, and they arenot gated. Anyone can walk down the street on the sidewalks. They are also supported by public transportation, and are definitely livable haha. Gated communties are really extensive in FL because believe it or not, they ARE highly desirable and people are willing to pay a high price for them.

Every city tho has their share of great intown non-gated and established neighborhoods. I dont know where u are but here in jville Avondale, Riverside, and San Marco are great and nice neighborhoods. Ponte vedra isnt gate either (old ponte vedra), and in orlando winter park is a great non-gated neighborhood. Tampa has hyde park/bayshore area, very nice. Naples has Port Royal and old Naples which are VERY nice. Let's see, all the nice parts of palm beach, fort lauderdale, and miami are also not gated.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:03 PM
 
Location: The best country in the world: the USA
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What is your opinion of gated versus non-gated communities? Coming from the northeast I find something off-putting about gated communities. It seems like most of the newer developments are gated, but I like the freedom of being able to drive in and out without having to 'check-in'. There is something about them that I find very artificial and almost big-brotherish. I realize that they are probably more secure. Why are developments all going the gated route?
Gated with ARMED SECURITY is the way to go. Why? Because you don't want to have your home broken into or be robbed at gunpoint on your driveway then be forced into your home and face being either raped/beaten/killed.

That is the reality in MOST of South and Central Florida.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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I have lived in Gated communities and cars still got stolen occasionally, and in one very expensive community in Tampa, a jogger got raped. By law a gated community cannot refuse entry if the roads within the community are maintained by the county. So I prefer a non-gated community. Most homes here have alarm systems. But I have only lived in Lakeland , and Tampa Bay areas, that are safe.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: The best country in the world: the USA
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FL Sunshine: I thought Lakeland was safe!!?!?! Is it or has it become like the rest of the area - a big criminal enterprise?

Orlando is not safe at all, I can tell you that right now. That is why people are paying $100,000 more for a house, just because the community is gated with armed 24h security.

Moving to South or Central FL... man an alarm is a no-brainer. You also need a gun (even if you do not carry it with a permit, get a gun for the house anyway). It will safe your life.
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Old 04-15-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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keep in mind teenagers live in gated communties as well. for instance when i was in high school there was an instance of some kids in the grade ahead of me that were really drunk one night and decided to smash up cars and break into them and what not, vandalsim, etc. this was in an ultra expensive intracoastal gated community in PVB (marsh landing harbor island) and they were of course caught. but after throwing a little money on the situation of course there was no more mention of it.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I would never live in a gated community. I believe that free access is important, in faxt I would never live on a dead end street! If I want a gated lifestyle, I will put a gate in front of my house.
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Old 04-15-2007, 09:41 PM
 
Location: FL
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Depends what you are looking for. Gated doesn't always mean more secure, i think it gives you a false sense of security. But the one thing it does do is raise your property value. You can't have a boat, rv or any type of advertisment in a gated community usually. so it really depends on your needs and wants. You will also have HOA (home owners association) dues.

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Old 04-16-2007, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, FL
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Gated with ARMED SECURITY is the way to go. Why? Because you don't want to have your home broken into or be robbed at gunpoint on your driveway then be forced into your home and face being either raped/beaten/killed.

That is the reality in MOST of South and Central Florida.
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Moving to South or Central FL... man an alarm is a no-brainer. You also need a gun (even if you do not carry it with a permit, get a gun for the house anyway). It will safe your life.
I'm glad I don't see the Florida that you see. It must be terrible to go through life with such an irrational fear. The vast majority of Floridians in South and Central Florida live outside gated communities, have no alarms and carry no guns, yet the vast majority of Floridians have never even seen a crime outside of TV, let alone been victims of one.

The security of any gated community is a joke, armed or not. The perimeters are completely vulnerable. Most of them have pedestrian gates where walkers/bicyclists enter freely.

Several years ago, Port St. Lucie's only murder for the year occurred in a gated community. A woman was walking her dog when she encountered a teenage neighbor with a boombox on his shoulder, playing rap music with objectionable lyrics. She asked him to turn it down; he beat her, dragged her to a wooded area, beat her some more until she was dead, then he went home and got gasoline, matches and red paint from his garage. He painted her and poured gas on her face and hands and lit it, trying to do God only knows what. He was caught when he took a couple of his high school friends to see what he had done...

So, I say again, there is little danger. But, what danger there is can come from anywhere, and no security, guns or any other false protection can help you if someone does want to hurt you. Best do what I have done for almost 67 years without being beaten, killed or raped or robbed. Get on with your life and quit being paranoid.
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