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The benefits of living in a subdivision or gated community

by Jillian CariolaPublished: September 7, 2017Updated: September 8, 2017

Living in a gated subdivision offers more than just exclusivity.

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People often have the impression that those who live behind the gates of a subdivision are elitists, ones who crave the feeling of “us versus them.” But the truth is there are more benefits than you think when it comes to buying a home in what seems like your own bubble within the city; exclusivity is just one of them.

If you have ever seen TV commercials about people who buy houses in subdivisions and how happy they are for making the choice, you might feel like they are putting on a show; they are, after all, actors. But put that aside for a moment and consider the following perks you will more likely experience from living behind the gates of a private subdivision.

Safety and privacy

The main benefit of living in a subdivision is the idea that you have a heightened sense of protection, which is a big deal especially for those with children. You want to ensure that your kids grow up in a safe environment, which means raising them in a community with a perimeter fence, 24-hour security, and a guarded post that keeps outsiders from entering and roaming around your neighborhood. Some subdivisions go the extra mile by installing CCTV cameras to monitor everyone’s comings and goings.

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Safety in gated communities is beefed up with 24/7 security. Photo via Depositphotos

And if you have a child who is going through their exploratory stage, you often find them wandering off if you take your eyes off them for a second. This would be dangerous if you live in an apartment building that is right along a highway, but there is significantly lower risk of this happening if your home is inside a subdivision, where a guard is always standing by to look out for residents’ safety.

Peace and quiet

Residences built right in the middle of the metro may luck out on proximity. But on tranquility? Not so much. As soon as they step out of their dwelling, people who live in condos and houses outside a subdivision have to contend with the sounds of rush hour traffic, hordes of employees going to and from work, and crowds milling around malls and restaurants, an unfortunate downside to living close to everything that matters. Sometimes, traffic gets so bad that the noise reaches you even as you settle in for the night.

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Traffic noise is hardly an issue in a gated community. Photo via Depositphotos

On the other hand, subdivisions are often built far away from major thoroughfares, many even at the fringes of Metro Manila. By distancing itself from the hustle and bustle, a subdivision is able to bring its residents relief from the unbearable noise that comes with city living. If you’re lucky, the sound you’ll likely have to encounter every morning would mostly be birds chirping to wake you up.

Sense of community

Living in a subdivision, you encounter the same people day in and day out, so it’s hard not to develop a level of understanding, even friendship, with them. This is particularly true when you move into a subdivision designed for a particular market, whether it is for young couples, start-up families, or foreign retirees. Once you move in, you might meet a couple with a child the same age as yours, or another resident who you can share gardening tips with, or someone who likes classic cars as much as you do. When you find a common ground with your neighbor, it’s more likely that you develop a certain relationship with them.

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Having friendly neighbors you can count on is a plus. Photo via Depositphotos

It is also common that these communities have a homeowners’ association that organizes events like Christmas parties or charity drives for all the residents. Attending and participating in these increases your opportunity to interact with and form bonds with other people in the neighborhood. When these connections happen, they are not just to increase your number of Facebook friends, but to take comfort in the fact that you have each other’s backs in case of an emergency.

Accessible amenities

Developers know the importance of creating a community that is not just a place to go home to, but a sanctuary where one can have a well-rounded lifestyle. This is why incorporating amenities is a given; it is important to offer convenience so residents won’t have to travel far from home for some R&R or to run errands.

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No need to go far for your kids to have fun. Photo via Depositphotos

These days, there is hardly a subdivision without a basketball court or a swimming pool. A clubhouse also has as a function hall where celebrations are held, and gazebos are set up where residents can enjoy early mornings or late afternoons. Small parks have picnic sites for family barbecues and playgrounds for active kids. In some cases, there is even a commercial center where you can find establishments like mini-groceries, laundromats, and cafés. As a bonus, some even have transport hubs ready to whisk residents off to the city center.

Cleaner environment

Living right where the action is also means being among pollutants, such as smoke-belching vehicles and establishments, as well as pedestrians who choose to light up in public places. But as mentioned, subdivisions are often found far from major thoroughfares and city hubs, ensuring that residents are not constantly exposed to air pollution. Some gated communities also have pocket parks, and the presence of trees and shrubs in these green open spaces ensure that you are constantly breathing clean air.

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It's safer to take a deep breath in a clean subdivision. Photo via Depositphotos

Here’s another bonus for the eco-conscious homeowner: when amenities like parks and laundry shops are close enough to visit on foot, you are less likely to use your vehicle to reach them, lessening your carbon footprint.

Better home value

Traditional families are often inclined to raise their kids in a house in a nice neighborhood; they find the benefits mentioned earlier to be essentials when choosing a home for their brood, and feel that a house is the kind of dwelling that meets these benefits. If you are purchasing a home with the intention of selling it later on, you will find it easier to find a buyer, especially if you pick a subdivision in one of the most family-friendly cities of the country. Also, when a subdivision is located close to a zone that is being developed, it often increases the value of the home so you can sell it for a nice amount of money.

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A home in a subdivision might be more appealing to a Filipino family looking for a new home. Photo via Depositphotos

 

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