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GATED COMMUNITIES

What is a gated community?

In its modern form, a gated community is a form of residential community or housing estate containing strictly-controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles, and often characterized by a closed perimeter of walls and fences. Gated communities usually consist of small residential streets and include various shared amenities. For smaller communities this may be only a park or other common area. For larger communities, it may be possible for residents to stay within the community for most day-to-day activities. Gated communities are a type of common interest development, but are distinct from intentional communities.

Some gated communities, usually called guard-gated communities, are staffed by private security guards and are often home to high-value properties, and/or are set up as retirement villages. Some gated communities are secure enough to resemble fortresses and are intended as such.

Amenities available in a gated community depend on a number of factors including geographical location, demographic composition, community structure, and community fees collected. When there are sub-associations that belong to master associations, the master association may provide many of the amenities. In general, the larger the association the more amenities that can be provided. Amenities also depend on the type of housing. For example, single-family-home communities may not have a common-area pool, since individual homeowners have the ability to construct their own private pools. A condominium, on the other hand, may offer a community pool, since the individual units do not have the option of a private pool installation.

Typical amenities offered can include one or more:

· Swimming pools

· Tennis courts

· Community centres or clubhouses

· Golf courses

· Marina

· On-site dining

· Playgrounds

· Exercise rooms including workout machines

· Spa

Most gated communities in the U.S. are unincorporated—somemay even span more than one incorporated municipality. Most of the country's gated communities are located in California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Michigan. There are many gated communities in Naples Florida, each with varying degrees of amenities.