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Old 08-27-2009, 01:15 AM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Not too long ago, here in Las Vegas in a middle-class gated community in the SW Valley, they had a rash of 14 burglaries. Someone renting inside the community, in connection to the intruders, were buzzing them through the gates.

I once talked with a mailman about crime and gated communities and he had his share of stories to tell. But mostly the houses that were targeted were those on the periphery of the community, where you could climb the wall and climb back over. Those in the interior of the community weren't effected.

Myself, I live in a non-gated townhouse complex. I almost bought into one up the street that was gated, and I'm glad now that I didn't, as I've occasionally seen a line of cars waiting to get in when the gates weren't functioning properly. For me, all it would take is once and once would be enough if I had to wait to get to my house.

As long as all the houses are all owner-occupied makes a big difference.
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:28 PM
Location: Brentwood, TN
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To the OP, I wouldn't factor any desired appreciation into the points of your decision. There's no guarantee you'll receive any, but like another had said, you'll likely have to take on the road maintenance of your neighborhood, yourself. I would imagine this hefty expense would put a strain on your homeowner's association budget, a lot of extra stress, as well as other things that could come into play like added liabilities.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:01 AM
Location: Sumner County
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I can add another "con" to the idea, having lived through it myself. When a community has a gate, some accommodation has to be made so that emergency vehicles can enter/leave without homeowner assistance (fire/police/ambulance). Where I lived (in Florida) an emergency vehicle horn frequency should have been able to activate a gate to open. It didn't. It caused a significant delay in getting to someone that had an urgent need for paramedics. The emergency crew were really angry and I'm sure someone in charge of the gates got some serious flack over it. I was the one that got them access by using my own transponder to get them inside. Nobody else was around or available to help. That's just plain crazy.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:32 PM
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Default Gated Communities

I am also interested in learning if there are any studies on this. We are thinking of adding gates to our community as well to cut down on traffic and improve security. I had seen a study some time ago that suggested an increase in values for gated communities but I can't find it now.

Please let me know if you find anything.
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Old 12-11-2010, 01:54 PM
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As long as all the houses are all owner-occupied makes a big difference.[/quote]

I see your point in a way, but as a renter I detest your bias. If owners screen their tenants properly crime would not be a problem. FYI, I once paid $400 more in rent monthly than the average condo owner was paying for their home loan in a complex where I was renting. I realize that there are other fees involved with owning, but please don't look down on renters. We aren't all low rent bums on the verge of becoming criminals. At the moment, I am actually saving a ton of money from renting property in a part of town where house properties have shot down by more than 40%. So much for investing in real estate!
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:09 AM
Location: south Nashville
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Wsclark: I’d be very interested in seeing that information/study if you happen to find it again.

It would seem to me that there would be a perceived benefit; especially to our homebuyers from markets that are accustomed to these kinds of communities. For instance, I receive calls from Floridians that regularly ask for gated communities as these are much more common and often seen as a 'minimum' or 'standard' feature in certain areas of Florida.

*BTW, the Creekside of Brentwood neighborhood just added gates this year – so that may be another example locally to watch for “real time” information.
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