55+ - Gated Communities

By Carol Van Wagner

Gated communities provide protection of property values, increased security, less traffic and amenities for your specific life style, they are appealing to more people each year.

The popularity of living in gated or private communities has been rising in recent years.  It used to be that Ocala gated communities were thought of as being only for the rich.  But today they are becoming more and more popular with middle and upper middle class families. Security is usually the biggest reason for choosing to live in a gated community. Since many people choose to live only part of the year in Florida, Ocala gated communities allow them to lock their door and come back in 6 months.  Among the other reasons people are attracted to living in these communities are protecting property values and lifestyle.

Many gated communities are designed with amenities built around a particular lifestyle, with golf courses, tennis, swimming pools, or equestrian facilities. Typically these communities offer a myriad of different clubs and organizations from gardening to travel clubs, billiard and card rooms, and small libraries. Gated communities are usually located on some of the most desirable land in the area.  Prime land, combined with careful planning and Homeowner's Associations (HOA) rules create an environment where home values hold up extremely well.

Aside from the gates or walls, the second most defining characteristic of gated or private communities is the Homeowner's Association (HOA). The HOA is made up of all the owners of the development.  The HOA is responsible for collection of the Association fee and making and enforcing the “rules” of the community.  It is often also responsible for maintaining the public aspects of the community, such as streets, security, parks, etc. HOA fees can include your sewer, garbage pick-up, cable TV, water, insurance, and lawn maintenance depending on the community.

The rules set by the HOA can vary a great deal, depending on the individual development.  Typically the HOA will have rules pertaining to upkeep and appearance of homes within the development, specifying the colors of paint on outside walls, types of fencing, guidelines for landscaping and storage of boats or recreational vehicles. Gated communities aren't for everyone.  If you live in Florida full or part time and are over 55, they certainly are an option.

Please feel free to call or email me with your Ocala gated communities questions, or any real estate questions, I'm always happy to help.  

 

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