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Old 01-08-2009, 04:23 PM
 
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I am just curious what makes a master planned community different than any other community? Is because they offer special amenities?
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Houston
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The HOA's tend to be stronger in master planned communities. That's why all the houses are identical. They also tend to be gated creating a false sense of security.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:28 PM
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MPC's are generally larger, and contain retail, office space, etc within the community (the use of which is planned from the start), as opposed to just the periphery of the community.

Very few MPC's that I have seen are gated.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Houston
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MPC's are generally larger, and contain retail, office space, etc within the community (the use of which is planned from the start), as opposed to just the periphery of the community.

Very few MPC's that I have seen are gated.
You're right. The one I grew up in was not gated and the ones around where I lived were also not gated.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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MPC's are OWNED by a corporation throughout the development of it.This can take upwards of 40+ years. Therefore people are living within an owned area/corporation. The Corporation decides what will go where, what color and what location, and what is good for it's residents and provide what they think their residents need.

Neighborhoods are owned by the homeowners. There's a plan for the subdivison,and a HOA usually run by volunteers or paid employees of the HOA. But there is no corporate entity "planning" it out.
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:35 PM
 
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They seem to offer alot of extras that you do not necessarily see in some stand alone subdivisions. They also seem to have alot of community activites and events. Sounds like the HOA runs things though!
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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I have not seen any master planned communities that are completely gated. Sometimes certain neighborhoods inside the community are gated. Those are usually the $$$ sections.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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In the MPC of 'Clear Lake City' for instance, I don't know of any gated neighborhoods.

The houses here in my hood are not identical really. There are semi-custom tract homes here from about half a dozen different developers. The brick & wood colors are all different from house to house. There are similar models spread all over the neighborhood (including 'mirror-flipped' plans) but it isn't apparent unless you're looking for it. This is pretty typical around the MPC now that I think of it. And there is a nice share of more unique, older homes near the defunct golf course.

What's 'identical' are the trees between the sidewalk and street, trimmed to 9 feet so people don't get poked when they walk. The sidewalks are also maintained properly, as the trees wreak havoc on them. There are no bikes, ladders, etc in front yards on weekdays. The HOA's rule with an iron fist on these items. I personally don't think it's a bad thing. God forbid we keep the trash factor to a minimum! The problem is our HOA is phone-shy, terrible with paperwork and doesn't seem well managed from a business/office standpoint.

Outside of the neighborhood and within the MPC are strip malls galore. They have lots of different things in them: banks, drug/grocery, liquor, doctors, vets, trinkets, barbers, etc sometimes with a gem of a mom & pop restaurant within. They are connected via walking/biking trails so you can do that or simply drive. I walk to the haircutter, grocery store and bank all the time. I can also walk to the eye doctor which is great, since I hate driving dialated! Anyway, the trails are lined with trees, most no more than 15-20 years old. Before you know it, they will be just as majestic as what you find by Rice U. Some are getting there.

I think this is a good example of a well-planned MPC. It is fully developed and with synced traffic lights, traffic really isn't an issue as long as you stay east of Hwy 3 (Houston city limit). I understand there are plenty of other (cheaper) MPC's that aren't developed so well.

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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I've never seen a "Master" planned community. Most all of them are lame.... The nicer ones are usually the older 60's and 70's regular neighborhoods in my opinion. All that other mess (gates, HOA's, etc...) is for the birds.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Houston
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In the MPC of 'Clear Lake City' for instance, I don't know of any gated neighborhoods.

The houses here in my hood are not identical really. There are semi-custom tract homes here from about half a dozen different developers. The brick & wood colors are all different from house to house. There are similar models spread all over the neighborhood (including 'mirror-flipped' plans) but it isn't apparent unless you're looking for it. This is pretty typical around the MPC now that I think of it. And there is a nice share of more unique, older homes near the defunct golf course.

What's 'identical' are the trees between the sidewalk and street, trimmed to 9 feet so people don't get poked when they walk. The sidewalks are also maintained properly, as the trees wreak havoc on them. There are no bikes, ladders, etc in front yards on weekdays. The HOA's rule with an iron fist on these items. I personally don't think it's a bad thing. God forbid we keep the trash factor to a minimum! The problem is our HOA is phone-shy, terrible with paperwork and doesn't seem well managed from a business/office standpoint.

Outside of the neighborhood and within the MPC are strip malls galore. They have lots of different things in them: banks, drug/grocery, liquor, doctors, vets, trinkets, barbers, etc sometimes with a gem of a mom & pop restaurant within. They are connected via walking/biking trails so you can do that or simply drive. I walk to the haircutter, grocery store and bank all the time. I can also walk to the eye doctor which is great, since I hate driving dialated! Anyway, the trails are lined with trees, most no more than 15-20 years old. Before you know it, they will be just as majestic as what you find by Rice U. Some are getting there.

I think this is a good example of a well-planned MPC. It is fully developed and with synced traffic lights, traffic really isn't an issue as long as you stay east of Hwy 3 (Houston city limit). I understand there are plenty of other (cheaper) MPC's that aren't developed so well.
That description sounds very frightening. It's like a breeding ground for robots.
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