Why the Demand Continues for Gated Communities

Gated communities continue to gain in popularity in California and throughout the nation.  This is due in large part to the fact that Buyers realize they can have more freedom, less noise, and a smaller carbon footprint by living in a planned community – especially with remote work as a growing new norm.  For example, here in Fresno, a gated community called Copper River Ranch has amenities and features that many homebuyers desire:  tennis courts, pool, and golf courses (like Copper River Country Club).  The homes are all beautifully built according to strict architectural guidelines, and building requirements with the highest quality in mind.  The grounds are kept in pristine condition by the Homeowners Association.  More and more homebuyers see the value of gated communities, and thus Builders are pursuing more of this type of communities to provide this option to ready homebuyers.

Improved Quality of Life

Possessing that added level of security and exclusivity in a close-knit community of neighbors, residences have a greater peace of mind and, in turn, a better quality of life.  Gated communities are built with the buyer in mind: they consider the perspective of more long-term benefits rather than a quick ‘build it and leave’ development.  More thought and planning are involved in gated communities.  Concerns for the level of improvements are weighed against the ultimate buyer assessments, and the Department of Real Estate oversight adds yet another governmental hurdle that must be satisfied.  At the end of the day, the added security and enhanced lifestyle is the essence of an improved quality of life that buyers seek.

Safety and Peace of Mind

Gated communities are safer than most neighborhoods.  Non-gated communities are more vulnerable to break-ins and other crimes.  For this reason, buyers seek that higher security offered by gated communities in and near metropolitan areas.

Neighbors Care More About Their Community

One thing that is sure to raise the value of your home is people who take pride in their homes.  Gated communities offer a lifestyle where all of your neighbors are interested in their home value, and take pride in being a part of the community.  Like Copper River and other gated communities in California, there is a concerted effort to maintain the grounds and create a safer, more beautiful neighborhood.  This increases home values as well as the quality of life.  For this reason, in a gated community, you’ll always find well-maintained lawns, exceptional landscaping, safety, and a community of like-minded neighbors who share similar values.

Your Home is Worth More

It is a proven fact that homes located within gated communities retain a higher home value than the same home in a non-gated community.  In a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, an average gated community includes 50 homes.  Adding a gate to that community adds $1.5 million in overall value to the residential development.  These gated communities are often built with larger lots, and the community has a single entrance.  According to a peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Real Estate Research, the addition of a community gate adds significant value to a home’s worth.  The American Real Estate Society study found that homes in a gated community fetch an average home value of $30,000 more than those accessed by public streets.

How Can California Builder Services Help?

As you can see, the benefits of living in a gated community are many.  As a homebuilder, it goes without saying that the benefits of building a gated community can be extremely prosperous.  By creating a great product that many residents will appreciate, you’re offering convenience, safety, and improved quality of life, and a higher home value.  If you’re not sure where to start as far as building a gated community or want to speak with someone about the differences between gated and non-gated communities, give us a call at (559) 473-2690.  You’ll want to go into this decision well-informed because of the legalities within the California real estate market, and the Department of Real Estate’s requirements for marketing and sales of this type of development.

If you are a homeowner living in a gated community, give us a call for a free review of your budget and reserve study.  Let our staff of experts weigh in on potential HOA pitfalls to ensure your community has the funds needed to be successful long into the future.

California Builder Services is a single-source consulting firm for home builders, HOA’s, and land developers of residential subdivisions.  We oversee the State approval processes and can help get your development to the market as soon as possible.  California Builder Services (CBS) provides essential services that will get your gated community project done right, and in compliance with all legal requirements set by the Department of Real Estate.  At CBS, we strive to make the building process easier for you by handling all the red tape and legal idiosyncrasies that no one wants to deal with at the end of the day.  Contact us today, and let’s get started.

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