If you are getting ready to rent or buy a new home, then you may feel a gated community would be a good choice of neighborhood for your next home. If this is the case, then you should learn as much as you can about them. This way, you will know that you are making the right decision for you and your family. This article will be helpful as it will cover some of the most commonly asked questions about a gated community, as well as offer the answers to them.
What is a gated community?
In short, a gated community is one in which the community itself is separated from the neighborhoods around it by a fence and/or wall that goes around it. Residents will need to enter their code or swipe their card to gain access to the community. However, the specifics of each gated community can differ with regards to the amenities they have to offer residents and the rules they expect those who reside in the community to follow.
Can anyone live in a gated community?
Each community will have its own set of requirements with regards to what it expects from residents and who qualifies to live in the community. Some communities run full credit and background checks, requiring residents to have good credit scores and clean criminal records. Also, some communities may be for those 55 or older. In order for someone to know whether or not they can move into a specific gated community, they will need to start by learning what their requirements are and making sure they meet them.
Do gated communities have rentals or homes for sale?
There are privately owned gated communities where only rental units are available, and there are also gated communities where the homes in the community can be bought and sold. However, both renters or those looking to buy in the gated community will need to be approved by the HOA and agree to agree to follow the HOA rules.
What are some benefits of living in a gated community?
Since each community is different, this can be a difficult question to answer. However, some of the benefits of living in this type of community can include:
- Added security due to the gates and/or walls around it
- Less traffic also due to the gates and/or walls
- Slower moving traffic due to speed bumps throughout the community
- Recreational rooms
- Swimming pools and/or spas
- Workout gyms
- Barbecue areas
- Community events
- Security guards
Now that you know more about gated communities, you may be in a better position of deciding whether or not they are going to be a good fit. Contact local real estate services for more information and assistance.