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Guide to the Top Gated Communities

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

South Carolina Gated Community | Woodside | Best Places to Retire in SC
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Woodside

Aiken, SC
Lots: $40K - $130K, Homes: $400K - $1M+

This master-planned, active-adult lifestyle community enjoys Woodside’s prime location in our hometown of Aiken, SC, a Southern Living Magazine’s “South’s Best Small Town.”
On top of Aiken’s preserved natural beauty, low cost of living, and mild year-round climate, this private destination consistently captivates visitors with its downtown streets filled with exceptional local restaurants, charming shops and boutiques, Gilded-Age mansions, nature sanctuaries, plus various artistic and cultural events like Aiken’s Makin’ Craft Show, the Aiken Steeplechase, and the Joye in Aiken Festival.
Woodside itself houses a variety of world-class amenities, including 4 championship golf courses, 2 clubhouses, more than 60 member-led social groups and clubs, 2 resort-style pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, more than 17 miles of hiking and nature trails, 7 landscaped parks and green spaces – including a dedicated Butterfly Park – and much more! Combined with the timeless beauty of our community’s expertly designed neighborhoods, Woodside and Aiken are now one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
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The Uplands 55+ Active Adult Community in Suncadia

Cle Elum, WA
Homes from $1.4M - $1.8M

Announcing a new way to live at Suncadia: The Uplands 55+. Exclusive to residents 55 and older, this new, private gated neighborhood will nestle high on a forested ridge overlooking the Cle Elum River valley. Creating the tight-knit feel of a private retreat — but with access to Suncadia’s resort amenities too.

The Uplands 55+ will be an intimate neighborhood of only 60 homes gathered around a private clubhouse, trails and a three-acre woodland meadow.

The community clubhouse will include indoor and outdoor gathering spaces including a pool, pickleball court and more. A large, protected meadow will provide another connection point for social events, nature walks and impromptu gatherings.

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Sunalei

Zionville, NC
Large custom homesites from the high $90s, Custom land and homes from $1.2 million

Sunalei: Mountain Living Above The Rest
In the heart of the North Carolina Mountains, amid the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains llies Sunalei, a community that beckons you to embrace the art of mountain living. A hidden gem nestled in the wilderness, Sunalei stands tall above the rest, offering an escape from the bustling world and a sanctuary for those who seek authenticity, tranquility, and adventure.

The Vision:
Sunalei was born from a vision inspired by the rich heritage of the Great Camps, a vision that honors the natural landscape and the spirit of mountain living. The community’s creators envisioned a place where time stands still, and every moment is an opportunity to connect with nature. With its sprawling private homesites, it’s a haven for those who value privacy, unhindered views, and the feeling of truly escaping from it all.

The Location:
Located just 13 miles from the charming town of Boone, Sunalei is perfectly situated in the High Country of North Carolina. Surrounded by pristine wilderness and conservation lands, including the awe-inspiring Elk Knob State Park, the community offers the best of both worlds. It’s a place where you can relish in the serene solitude of the mountains while having easy access to vibrant mountain towns, local cuisine, shopping, and cultural experiences.

The Blue Ridge Mountains serve as a breathtaking backdrop, providing endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking heart-pounding thrills or someone who finds solace in quiet hikes, Sunalei is your gateway to exploration. And it’s not just about the adventures but also the moments of tranquil contemplation, the kind that can only be found above 4,000 feet above sea level.

The Properties:

The Sunalei homesites are carefully chosen and designed to complement the landscape. Each parcel is distinctive, whether it borders the conservation lands near the headwaters of the New River or nestles in the heart of the forest. These private homesites offer a canvas for you to create your ideal mountain retreat. Ranging from 2 to 12 acres, they provide ample space for families and are designed to be passed down to future generations. Homes at Sunalei reflect nature. Architectural guidelines encourage the use of log siding and natural stone, creating a rustic yet luxurious blend of style and modern conveniences.

 

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