Gated communities

The inner cities are flourishing once again, which is also boosting demand for residential developments that could have a lasting impact on the urban landscape. One example of this would be the so-called gated communities. But why is this residential option so successful? Are gated communities really a concept for the future?


Gated communitiesMore than a fashionable trend


Gated communities have been existing for quite some time. They originated in North and South America for security reasons. Especially in the US the trend continues to this day, and the number of gated communities is growing constantly.
In the 21st century this residential option has also become increasingly popular on European soil. Already in the middle of the last century, so-called villas became fashionable in France. One prime example of a gated community à la française is Villa Montmorency, which is also home to French entrepreneur Arnaud Legardère In Germany, gated communities first appeared in the 90s, but in the meantime they too have become increasingly popular due to their many advantages.

Security and service


Gated communities offer a high level of security. Not only are they protected by a fence, but most of them also have a concierge or doorman who ensures that no-one gains unauthorised access. Furthermore, gated communities also offer many other advantages. These could include a golf course, swimming pool, garden or other facilities. They all have one thing in common: they enhance the quality of life.
This allows you to live in the city centre and still have a tranquil, green setting - the best of both worlds. Some communities even have their own supermarkets and schools. Standard services include foliage and snow removal, waste removal and garden care: an all-round service which makes life easier for the residents.

A refuge among the hustle and bustle


Gated communities come in all shapes and sizes, the designs are as manifold as the reasons for their existence. Generally one distinguishes between three types of communities, each with its own level of residential luxury, although there are also many overlapping features.

Lifestyle Communities: Residents of lifestyle communities want to meet like-minded people with similar values to share activities with such as sports and hobbies. They have a strong desire to actively participate in shaping their residential environment.

• Elite Communities: The decisive factor for choosing this type of community is the necessary social capital. It is a sign of prestige and social status. It is often celebrities who choose this exclusive lifestyle. A prime example of this is La Finca in the north of Madrid, a gated community that is popular with many of Real Madrid’s football players.

• Security Zone: Residents of this type of gated community, which is most closely associated with its original purpose, generally seek tranquility and security far from the hustle and bustle and dangers of inner city life.

In conclusion, it can be said that gated communities are definitely more than merely a passing trend. Are you interested in the many advantages and exclusive services that gated communities have to offer? We would be most delighted to assist you with our extensive know-how. Visit our website for more information on this topic.

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