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Old 02-20-2010, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Everytime I see a gated neighborhood, I wonder who paid for the streets and sidewalks inside the gated area.
That would be the developer.

No clue why there are a lot of neighborhoods with a gate out front in San Antonio (living in one myself actually). It is what it is, and doesn't make a difference to me either way.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Moderator cut: copyrighted articleIn addition to municipal property taxes, individuals who own private property located within planned unit developments are subject to association assessments that are used by the development to maintain the private roads, street lighting, landscaping, security, and amenitites located within the planned unit development. The proliferation of planned unit developments has resulted in a cost savings to local governments in two ways. Moderator cut: remainder of copyrighted article
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:32 PM
 
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I know, no state income tax but that means a large tax burden is chiefly put on homeowners because revenue has to come from somewhere. The tax burden is not bad if you want to always rent and never buy.
But if you rent, you still pay property taxes indirectly. In addition to taxes, the monthly rent needs to cover insurance, maintenance, mortgage interest expenses, and management fees (if applicable), plus some profit for the landlord. Plus, landlords don't get the modest Homestead exemptions that owner-occupied homes get.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: southern california
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our government has chosen to ignore crime. then too they have come to punish those who defend themselves.
when the wolves are active the sheep huddle.
the wolves feel this is discrimination.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:49 PM
 
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Fair Oaks is a good area away from everything, BUT, it's crowding fast. And, the drive to and from SA is becoming tiring and I don't even live there! I am in that area about 3x a week.

Interesting observation, it seems that many of the areas inside 1604 have less of a traffic/noise problem than the areas further our NW on I10 towards FO.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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The gates are a status thing. It's a "luxury" people like to have because it means your neighborhood is exclusive.

It has almost nothing to do with crime. Developers know they'll sell more homes if the appeal of a gate is there.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:43 AM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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You are correct Lemonfresh. Gates do nothing more than foster the illusion of "security". It does nothing to deter crime. Gates can be defeated in a number of ways. Paying for the walls and the gates do nothing more than drive up the cost of your house.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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I agree for the most part that yes, gates are an illusion, unless they are manned gates, which very few are. In that instance I think that having actual personnel there 24 hours a day would deter crimes of opportunity and vandalism. Cars can't just follow a homeowner in, kids can't just come in to TP or tag.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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There are manned ones all over the northside. I can think of at least a half dozen without even trying.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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But if you rent, you still pay property taxes indirectly. In addition to taxes, the monthly rent needs to cover insurance, maintenance, mortgage interest expenses, and management fees (if applicable), plus some profit for the landlord. Plus, landlords don't get the modest Homestead exemptions that owner-occupied homes get.
Maybe before the "bubble" burst you ask enough rent to cover all of these expenses... not now. It depends when you bought... we won't even be able to collect enough rent to cover the mortgage and will have out-of-pocket costs each month. We have 3 friends in the same situation.
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