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Guide to Gated Communities in Virginia

When it comes to privacy, security, and a close-knit neighborhood, gated communities are unmatched. With over 25,000 gated communities in the United States alone, there’s a perfect location for everyone.

Privacy and Security

Peace of mind is the top priority of these communities. Gated entrances, private roads, and security systems keep neighborhoods safe year-round. Many places even have security personnel that patrols the streets. 

Social activities

Being part of an exclusive community means that neighbors get to know each other well. Onsite amenities, such as clubhouses and pools, foster these close relationships. Staff members also organize themed dinners, holiday events, and special interest groups.

Top-Notch Amenities

Gated communities offer updated facilities. Pools, fitness rooms, and tennis courts are generally found onsite. Those who have particular interests such as golf or sailing can find gated communities that cater specifically to those activities.

Family-Friendly Environment

Gated communities are diverse—they are a sanctuary to young families and empty-nesters alike. From playgrounds to lounges, these communities offer amenities to entertain residents of any age. 

Further, these amenities add value to the neighborhood, which benefit homeowners in these communities.

Sample Communities to Discover

Bay Creek | Best Boating Communities | Ideal-LIVING Magazine

Bay Creek

Cape Charles, VA
Homesites from $80K and homes from $400K

Bay Creek – Your Perfect Day

This is an unprecedented waterfront living experience on Virginia’s Cape. With its ideal location on Virginia’s sought-after Eastern Shore, one of the most environmentally stunning areas in the United States with more than 78,000 acres of preserved parks, Bay Creek is natural sanctuary for premier coastal living.

Boating, birding, crabbing, fishing and paddling along the Chesapeake Bay are a way of life here. There is truly something for everyone on these 1,720 pristine acres: from those passionate about golf and outdoor activities year-round, to those looking to trade city life for the perfect beach town in Cape Charles – recently voted “Prettiest Little Beach Town in Virginia” by Coastal Living. A host of new and updated amenities has been re-imagined with the goal of making Bay Creek the premier coastal community on the East Coast.

Amenities include:

– Private two-mile beach on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay
– Premier, award-winning golf from Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus
– Coach House Tavern
– 10,000 square-foot Bay Creek Life Center featuring weight and cardio areas, exercise studios, a kid’s club and two outdoor pools
– Watersports: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, yachting, windsurfing, water skiing, sport fishing, crabbing and more.
– 350 acre Nature Preserve with scenic trails for walking, jogging, and biking
– Base Camp, a family-focused outdoor adventure area featuring a kayak launch, camping areas, and lifelong learning
– Private gated entrance, staffed 24 hours a day
– New Lighthouse Beach Club (coming soon), to include a Beachside Restaurant, boardwalk and outdoor pool
– Town Harbor Marina (Cape Charles)-with a deepwater channel, within walking distance for homeowners
– Kings Bay Marina – adjacent to Bay Creek, offering a deepwater channel

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Golf Community near Charlottesville VA | Spring Creek | Low Taxes

Spring Creek

Zion Crossroads, VA
Explore villas from the low $300K, single-family homes from the mid $300K, and custom homes from the mid $400K.

Located in the rolling countryside of northern Virginia, Spring Creek offers exceptional home choices and amenities for retirees, families, and those working from home.

The lifestyle amenities truly set this 960-acre community apart. The Spring Creek Golf Club is home to an award-winning championship course and Tavern on the Green restaurant and pub. In addition, the 9,500-square-foot Sports Club & Fitness Center at Spring Creek features cardio and aerobic workout equipment, tennis/pickleball courts, and a 25-meter pool, as well as a wading pool and playground for the kids. There’s also a catering kitchen, plus meeting space and banquet rooms for up to 150 guests. Walking trails meander throughout the property and a year-round calendar of social activities keeps everyone involved in community life.

A variety of Spring Creek homesites are available that include pond, woodland, and fairway views. Three of Virginia’s top builders—Stanley Martin Homes, Evergreen Home Builders, and Greenwood Homes—offer innovative designs in spacious townhouses and custom single-family homes with main-level master suites.

Just outside the community’s gates is the Spring Creek Business Park, where you’ll find two medical centers with doctor’s offices, dental clinics, and physical therapy facilities. Also right in the neighborhood are grocery markets, retail stores, and restaurants. Historic downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia campus are just a 15-minute drive away in an inviting region filled with historic sites, state parks, gardens, and wineries.

Request more information below about Spring Creek, and you’ll discover a great Virginia community that has it all in an ideal location.

Spring Creek

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Fawn Lake | Virginia Retirement Communities | VA Gated Communities

Fawn Lake

Spotsylvania, VA
Homes: 500K - 2.5M Lots: $100K - $1.250M

Fawn Lake – Best Places to Live in Virginia

There are places to live in Virginia, and then there are the best places to live in Virginia. Fawn Lake is the latter. An idyllic lakeside living development nine miles west of historic Fredericksburg, VA, Fawn Lake spans 2,350 acres of lush, rolling hills. It features an Audubon Certified wildlife Sanctuary. And, Fawn Lake’s deepwater marina is available to all residents.

Best Lake Living Community in Virginia

In addition to the laid-back, nature-based lake lifestyle, Fawn Lake provides the security offered in a gated community. An Arnold Palmer designed golf course and a private country club are also perks. Fawn Lake is 288 acres deep with over seven miles of shoreline that runs alongside much of the course. Fawn Lake’s lush canopy of trees complement the distinctive homes and home sites within the gates. Lakefront retreats, golf cottages and wooded estate home sites alike add architectural diversity. There’s a uniqueness here that is unparalleled in surrounding Virgina communities. Fawn Lake’s proximity to culture and excitement found in large cities and small towns also adds substantial value.

More to Love at Fawn Lake

Boating, water-skiing, and fishing are among favorite pastimes in this ideal Virginia community. And, nature-lovers have found a piece of heaven here with more than ten miles of hiking and walking trails. Residents have been known to take a midsummer dip after a long hike at the lake beach. The community pool is also a great choice. Clubs, leagues and groups are abundant at Fawn Lake. So, if you’re the social type, you’re in luck. Additionally, schools, top area hospitals and shopping are all easily accessible. A fitness club is on site, and tennis, boating, kayaking, sailing, and a community clubhouse are available to all residents. Fawn Lake offers a wide variety of custom builders to suit your needs. Home prices range from the high $500s to $2.5 million.

It’s not hard to find the best fit at Fawn Lake.

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