One of the recurring themes among my Canadian buyers is a desire to be in a gated community, the thought being their property will be more secure in the months they’re not in town and the home’s sitting furnished and vacant.
A quick trip to view homes in gated communities here in Phoenix usually will change their outlook fairly quickly.
A gate could serve as a deterrent in as much as someone wanting to break and enter may not also want to have to play with a gate. But the gate’s really an obstacle. All someone needs to do is wait for another car to enter and follow them into the neighborhood. Or they can enter sequences commonly known as “pizza delivery codes”, most easier to discover than the combination on an idiot’s luggage.
What is unfortunate about the perception of the security inside a gated community is the premium on the properties inside that neighborhood, just because of the gate. In that respect, the prices are inflated based on myth.
This isn’t the case in an area where there’s a guard gate with an actual human being to see who’s coming and going. But those areas carry an even larger premium, oftentimes with a premium nearly as large as the amount of money someone wants to spend.
So what’s the solution? If you’re of the right age and inclination, an active adult community such as Westbrook Village or Ventana Lakes or one of the Sun Cities might work. These are areas with large winter visitor populations, where the full-time residents tend to keep an eye on their neighbors’ homes fairly closely. And they also benefit from patrols by the local sheriff’s posse.
There are no guarantees when you’re away from a property eight to ten months out of the year. It’s best to realize that and prepare accordingly up front than paying extra dollars for added security that isn’t necessarily secure at all.
[tags]Phoenix real estate, Canadian buyers in Arizona[/tags]