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Old 04-24-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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I've got a stupid question. I've been checking out real estate in various parts of CA and in so many photos I see an iron gate to the entrance of the front yard. Are they a trend thing or is it that unsafe that I see so many homes that have them?
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've got a stupid question. I've been checking out real estate in various parts of CA and in so many photos I see an iron gate to the entrance of the front yard. Are they a trend thing or is it that unsafe that I see so many homes that have them?
Every "castle" needs a gate.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:18 AM
 
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Every "castle" needs a gate.
LOL
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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They're generally just an architectural feature that leads to sort of a garden/courtyard before you get to the front door, providing some privacy from the street. They're usually not locked for security.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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They're decorative iron because they can't use chain link. You see them even in the gate-guarded developments. I'm thinking mostly to keep pets inside.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:00 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies on the gates. I couldn't understand why people were talking about an area being safe and then in r.e. ads I was seeing so many iron gates in the photos.
I was torn between it being a safetyy issue or a way to keep pets safe in the front yard.

You're right that a chain link fence most likely wouldn't work by the homes I viewed and it probably wouldn't look nice architecturally either.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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They're decorative iron because they can't use chain link. You see them even in the gate-guarded developments. I'm thinking mostly to keep pets inside.
Chain link is de rigueur though out your way, no?
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Chain link is de rigueur though out your way, no?
I've noticed that too. Chain link fences aren't very common in the West, but Midwest/East/NE, they're everywhere. And butt ugly too.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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I've noticed that too. Chain link fences aren't very common in the West, but Midwest/East/NE, they're everywhere. And butt ugly too.
In California, a chain link fence (always with a pit bull behind it) is a sure sign you're about be carjacked.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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Wrought iron gates, and wrought iron tipped walls are a cultural feature as well as an architectural one. You will see many older homes built from the 40s through the 70s that typically would not have had a fenced in front yard with this feature added to them. In many cases, this is to appeal to hispanic buyers who, for cultural reasons, are more comfortable walling off their homes. However, it does really change the look of a neighborhood when the front yards go from open and inviting expanses of lawn and garden to a series of walls tipped with spikes.
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