Living in a Gated Community
Cons of Living in a Gated Community
While living in a gated community has many
benefits, there are a few drawbacks that should be considered before
you make a purchase. A careful review of the property owner's
covenants will give you a good idea of what you can expect when you
live in a specific community. A few of the biggest drawbacks of a
gated community are listed below:
Similar Home Styles – Since
the new homes in a gated community were
likely built at the same time, to the same standards, they will be
very similar. Builders generally offer a set of homes at varying
price points to choose from when the community is new, so these
styles will be most prevalent. Even if you spot land for
sale and want to build, you'll have to erect a similar
structure to fit in. A gated community is generally not the place
you'll find quirky or unusual homes; expect to see very similar
houses in similarly landscaped lots.
Property Owners’ Association Blues
– Most gated communities have a property
owners’ association that help regulate the appearance of
the neighborhood and work to make the community a great place to
live. Problems can arise when homeowners’ associations
become too fond of power and enforcement and try to control too many
aspects of daily life.
Restrictions – The very same
guidelines that keep a gated community looking like just that
– a community – can also hinder your personal
style and preferences. In many cases, gated communities outlaw items
that you would normally be able to install outside of your home.
Swimming pools, clotheslines, basketball hoops, and even landscaping
may have specific rules that need to be followed. From fence height
and house colors to the ability to have a garden, the gated
community likely has a rule about what you can and can't do outside
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