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Old 01-09-2012, 06:00 PM
 
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When I waqs looking for a home, I considered a gated community. I was surprised to find out the streets behind the gate belongs to the subdivision. Therefore, any and all road repair is the responsibility of the subdivision = higher HOA fees.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Houston Inner Loop
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Just have a good fence and a 12 gauge. And cameras of course.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Like my Dad says - it will protect you some - it just won't protect you from the home-grown thieves meaning those who live behind the gates with you or those behind the gates who have bored kids who want to vandalize or break into cars for crimes of opportunity.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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It kind of makes the neighborhood more of a target; I prefer not to live in a gated community because of the feel of being trapped and secluded. I like being mixed in with everyone else.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land
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My best friend lives in a golf course gated community in Hackberry Creek, Las Colinas/Irving and for 20 years of visiting them I still get ID at the main entrance gate by their security. If you're not registered in their system as permanent guest or visitor they won't let you in until you're confirmed by the person you're visiting. 100% safe and no incidents in 20 years. Does it cost more, heck yeah, so much more but is worth every penny
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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What's so great about a "gated community"? And is that supposed to be the new American ideal; living behind a gate in an exclusive little world, afraid of the big bad world outside? It's like a country club the size of a neighborhood.

Might as well live in a cocoon underground...
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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What's so great about a "gated community"? And is that supposed to be the new American ideal; living behind a gate in an exclusive little world, afraid of the big bad world outside? It's like a country club the size of a neighborhood.

Might as well live in a cocoon underground...
Well said!
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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What's so great about a "gated community"? And is that supposed to be the new American ideal; living behind a gate in an exclusive little world, afraid of the big bad world outside? It's like a country club the size of a neighborhood.

Might as well live in a cocoon underground...
Well it certainly appeals to me. All my "living" doesn't come from the house in which I reside, so your point is moot.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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We've always chosen to avoid them, but have lived near many and have several friends that live in them. Unless it's a manned gate, it's pretty simple to get into many of them. I've seen people "piggyback" through gates more than once. We lived near one in Houston where a couple of the Rockets lived. On more than one occasion, my teenaged sons would drive through just to check it out. If 2 curious teens can get through then I'm sure someone intent on doing harm could easily do so. Also, I've seen plenty of them that leave the gates open during morning and evening commute times. So how is that safe? Anyone can drive through. I was in one just yesterday where the owners have the ability to unlock the gates to the open position if they are having some kind of event at their home. After a couple of hours, my hostess slipped out and walked down her street to close the gates so as she put it, "the neighbors don't get angry".
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I looked at gated but here is my issue - the majority leave the gates open all day and close them at night. If I buy gated, I want them closed 24/7 - I'm not paying for an open gate during the day -- what good does that do.
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