Do You Want To Live In A Gated Community In Greater Charlotte?

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GATED COMMUNITIES IN GREATER CHARLOTTE

Unlike in many other major metropolitan centers around the nation, Charlotte does not have a large number of gated communities. At least partially this is because in a gated community the roads are considered private and the counties won't maintain the roads within the community. This results in either much higher HOA fees or regular assessments to maintain the private roads. Many home buyers simply don't want to pay those higher fees or assessments.

 

ADVANTAGES OF GATED COMMUNITIES

Living in a gated community provides some homeowners with a sense of additional security, prestige and exclusivity, as well as privacy.

 

You'll have fewer solicitors or strangers knocking on your door or people wandering through your neighborhood whom you don't know.

 

Through traffic in a gated community will most likely be lighter. This makes a community quieter and streets safer for kids.

 

DISADVANTAGES OF GATED COMMUNITIES

Additional costs to live in a gated community can be considerable. HOA fees can be significantly higher to pay for the security costs, infrastructure repairs, and other services that come with living in a gated community.

 

If a community's gate isn't protected by a guard but relies on a keypad-operated system, problems can and do arise. Security codes can be  compromised easily when homeowners are routinely giving them out to friends, family, food and package delivery people, and other random visitors. Broken gates can also cause entry and exit issues. 

 

An argument can be made that homeowners' privacy is "violated" in the sense of being monitored when every person who comes to their home has to be approved prior to entrance in those communities protected by a guard at the entrance.

 

 

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Comments (48)

Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

We have very few here but it is a different market for sure and now the gated ones albeit pricey for the area are selling for sure. As you state I see the pros and cons as well especially if no one is ever at the gate. 

Jun 04, 2021 06:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Charles Stallions hi Charles... on the whole gated communities are the more expensive ones and have some pretty hefty hoa fees associated with them. Those expenses are worth it to some people and not so much to others.

Jun 04, 2021 10:03 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      The gate that keeps others out, can keep you in. 

     Several years ago, an electric gate at a Tallahassee neighborhood malfunctioned.  The manual override was also jammed or something, so the gate remained shut.   Cars were backed up waiting to get out.  Some men used tools and forced it open.  That story made the local news!  

Jun 05, 2021 07:04 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think there might be quite a few in the area that might want to live in a gated community. It's not for everybody but it's for some for sure. :

Jun 05, 2021 10:10 PM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Nina, I think you covered the pro's and con's of a gated community. I think a higher price point reflects a gated community. Not having to pay  HOA'S can make a huge difference on your monthly overhead.

Jun 05, 2021 10:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate hi Fred... I do see cars backing up at gated communities because of glitches in the automatic gate opener. If I lived in a community and couldn't get in or out quickly I'd be pretty ticked off, especially since I'd be paying for that "amenity."

Jun 06, 2021 04:19 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Laura Cerrano good morning, Laura... as they say, different strokes for different folks. Some people are "seduced" by the idea of a gated community... but when all the pros and cons are presented quite a few opt out.

Jun 06, 2021 04:21 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Steven Nickens hi Steven... a very big percentage of our communities are HOA communities, but the difference in HOA fees is quite huge between the gated and non-gated communities... the non-gated might pay hundreds for an entire year, while the gated pay hundreds each month. Interestingly, many of our most "exclusive" and expensive communities are not gated. 

Jun 06, 2021 04:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Nina Hollander, Broker ,

We don't have all that many gated communities. Most people are more interested in the home and the community. A big percentage of our communities has an HOA which handles the community pools/activity centers and tennis courts.

Jun 06, 2021 11:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - Wonderful content! Congratultioins on getting a featured post! You deserve it!!! Have a happy Monday. 

Jun 07, 2021 04:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Dorie Dillard Austin TX same here, Dorie... and overall, Charlotte is a safe city... I've never felt unsafe living in neighborhoods that were not gated.

Jun 07, 2021 04:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, Patricia. The feature was a surprise for me, I can tell you that.

Jun 07, 2021 04:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - I hope you get many, many more. 

Jun 07, 2021 04:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, Patricia!

Jun 07, 2021 02:58 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I am back and forth on gated communities. Sometimes I see one I like, and then I see one I don't like. Overall I think I would not want to live in one.

Jun 07, 2021 11:37 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Tom Bailey hi Tom... the neighborhood and the home are more important to me than the fact of a gated community. I wouldn't go out looking just for a gated community.

Jun 07, 2021 02:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nina:

You've shared some great points about the pros and cons of living in a gated community. Some buyers I've found, have a preference for them while others wish to avoid them. We have a modest number of them in Carlsbad, and in other nearby communities do as well, particularly Rancho Santa Fe, our most expensive community.

Jeff

Jun 07, 2021 05:24 PM
Anne Smith
Autaugaville, AL

Wow! This could be one of the most useful content we have ever come across on the subject. Actually excellent info! tree topping

Jun 07, 2021 06:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS good morning, Jeff... no doubt, gated communities are a personal choice. Here in Charlotte there's not a lot of opportunity to exercise that choice as we don't have all that many gated communities.

Jun 08, 2021 03:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello, Anne... thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment. 

Jun 08, 2021 03:49 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is such a good post.   Many folks that I work with feel safe in a gated community

Jun 10, 2021 01:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ginger Harper thanks, Ginger. I've always felt that it's a bit of a false sense of security. If someone really wants to get into a gated community, they will.

Jun 10, 2021 01:25 PM