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The three ‘Ps’ fuelling the growth of gated communities

REAL ESTATE
By Martin Dias | November 5th 2015
An artist’s impression of Lifestyle Terraces, a gated community estate in Nairobi. People prefer gated communities because of privacy and security. [photo: file/standard]

Gated communities seem to be the preferred choice for many home buyers. Upscale residential suburbs have been growing fast in Nairobi and have been irresistible to many Kenyans.

A gated community is a form of residential or housing estate with strictly-controlled entrances and access for pedestrians, bicycles and automobiles. They are distinguished by closed perimeter walls and fences, with security being their primary goal.

 NICELY BUILT

Some Kenyans no longer just buy a home but a lifestyle, which gated communities provide. Many gated communities consist of nicely built homes. This serves as a status symbol to residents. They all offer the triple “p” factor - privacy, protection and prestige.

The fact that you share an entrance does not mean you are exposed. Gated communities are well-protected. They also offer exclusive amenities that make all the difference.

Strong business networking among elite business people is facilitated by the presence of a private members club with gym and swimming pool facilities.

Almost all gated communities have walking tracks for those who like taking a walk around with their pets. Gated communities are private, secure and exclusive.

Residents are provided with security codes that ensure unauthorised people don’t get into the compound and people do not go in and out of the compound unchecked.

There is usually more than one guard all day and CCTV cameras to ensure you remain secure.

Gated communities are quiet and peaceful; there is minimum noise from hooting vehicles since you are enclosed from the outside neighbourhood.

 GROUNDS-KEEPERS

Besides, maintenance is easy and cost-effective as compared to stand-alone homes where you have to pay a grounds-keeper to maintain your compound. In a gated community, ground keepers are paid by the owners or if not so you share the cost with your neighbours.

The fee is called a service charge payable monthly. The residents of communities experience less crime than the surrounding area.

Many are able to carry out their business activities without fear. Gated communities draw those seeking a stable community of similar people where property values will be protected.

The gates in these residents not only protect leisure amenities and lifestyle enclaves but economic and social status. Security concerns have contributed to the growth of the gated communities.

So what should you consider before investing in a gated community?

First, it is important to consider the location of the property. Most gated communities are in Nairobi but that does not mean security is guaranteed.

Gated communities are well-guarded but still the general security of the area is important. The importance of location is no less vital when choosing a real estate investment. You don’t need to necessarily buy a house in the most expensive area of town, but it is important that you understand what the location is like.

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