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                           Pros and Con of Gated Communities

Are communities with surrounding fences and secured gates safer?
Hi, I’m Lisa Kelly, Lakeland Homes and Lifestyles with Premier Realty.
Today, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of gated communities. At the end, you’ll be able to decide for yourself,  if a gated community is right for you.
So let’s get started.

 The number of gated communities has definitely increased over the last couple of decades. In fact, in the Greater Lakeland Area, there are currently over 30 gated communities.  But are they safer than properties without fencing or boundaries?
 There’s one thing most residents agree on... There are a few proven advantages and disadvantages to living within a gated community.
First, let’s clearly define what a “gated community” is..
"Secured communities”  are typically residential communities in which public access by nonresidents is restricted.
They usually have  physical boundaries, such as gates, walls, and fences. These communities sometimes require a special entry system, like entry codes, key cards, or security guard approval .
Surprisingly, only about 60% of the gated communities in our area require a special entry system.  The others have a key pad entry system. So anyone with the a numbered code could get in. And out all the gated communities, about 20% are 55+ communities.
I included a link in the description of all available, Greater Lakeland area homes in gated communities.  The list is updated daily, so you’ll always know what is available.

In the U.S as a whole,  gated communities appear to be most popular in the West and South. According to National statistics, the Southern States have  the most,  at around 40%..
Of those…yep, you guessed it!..Florida has more gated communities than any other southern State..  The least popular area for gated communities is in the Midwest region, where only about 7% of the communities are gated.
One reason for the huge differences has a lot to do with the population density,  and style of living. But the biggest reason is the weather. Communities that get a lot of snow during the winter have fewer gated communities.

There is no concrete data that proves or disproves that gated communities promise residents a higher level of security or decreased crime rates.
On one side of the fence, (* ‘cuz the pun!), some believe that gated communities and property fencing cut down on crime. Their  thinking is:  because security fencing and gates provide limited access to non-residents, it only makes sense that there will be a limited number of property crimes.
I’ve been A Realtor in the area for a couple of decades, and in my opinion, gated communities not only provide a solid physical barrier, but also act as a psychological deterrent for would-be criminals.
 However, moving into a neighborhood solely because it is gated is not a wise security decision! Do your homework, or ask your Realtor to provide you resources to determine it the area itself is safe.
In my experience, the integrity of a gated community is only as strong as the integrity of the people that live there. Think about that....
 You should never assume that just because a community is gated, that only law-abiding people live there.  Visitors of other residents can also be of concern.
This is why some  believe that gated communities are no safer than properties without surrounding fences and gates.
Gates can also create a false sense of security for the residents.  Feeling as if there is no need to keep an eye out for suspicious people and activity, they lower their guards, making them and their neighbor’s easy targets for burglars and other criminals.
While gated communities are prohibited from claiming that the secured gates at the entrance or around their properties offer a higher level of security and safety, the implication certainly exists.
How safe a property is,  depends a lot on whether residents and property owners look out for each other.  Especially if your property is a rental. It's important to do a  background checks on applicants, and making sure the access codes of the entry gates are changed from time to time.

Let’s talk about definite advantages of living in a gated community:
1. Reduced traffic. 
 This helps to cut down on the noise level as well.  But the bigger plus is:  Residents with children often feel this also provides a safer playing environment for their kids.

2. Decreased number of solicitors. 
Gated communities that are protected by secured entries prevent solicitors entering at will.

3. Stricter community rules and codes. To me, To this is the most important one.
 Many gated communities have strict codes of conduct that residents must follow. Many residents enjoy living in these types of communities, because it requires everyone to take care of their homes, which in turn, helps to keep up property values.

As a new home buyer, it's important to be smart. Don’t rely solely on the  appearances of the property alone. Ask your Realtor to help you determine if the area is right for you and your family first!  Then decide  which side of the fence you want to live on!
 

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We had been looking for a new home for about three months. We changed Realtors and began working with Lisa. She showed us a couple of places. We talked about limits on price and location. We looked again on a couple. We did not care for those. She emailed us about a home that was being restored for a flip. We met her at our current home. We liked the location and made an offer which was accepted. She did a great job getting the seller to accept and a wonderful job from there. The closing took about fifteen minutes. We have been very happy from that day on. Patricia and Bill Crabb

 

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Just wanted to thank Lisa for a job well done. I worked with Lisa on 2 of our homes this past year. We sold one in June and another late in the year. Everything went smooth and all details were handled in a very professional manor. Thanks again Lisa; nice working with you. Lee Brown

 

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