Gated communities have become popular on Long Island during the last few years as a growing number of local homebuyers are embracing the aura, amenities and security that such communities offer. With their gatehouse guards or electronic security devices, tennis courts, swimming pools, clubhouse facilities and, in some instances, golf courses, these enclaves have helped redefine housing developments as "lifestyle communities."
There are many types – some for 55 and above, others for all ages. Prices are varied also. They range from the modest condominium “flat” to the utmost in luxury and “Country Club Living” – featuring large single-family homes. Lot sizes for homes in gated communities are usually smaller than comparably priced homes located outside the gates. To offset the lack of “elbow room” between the homes, gated communities generally include common areas, such as parks, walking trails and playgrounds.
Some of the gated communities in the Dix Hills/Melville area are: The Greens at Half Hollow (55 & above), Country Pointe at Dix Hills, The Legends at Half Hollow, Sweet Hollow Farms in Melville, Northgate Condominiums, The Villas, Alley Pond Estates and for rentals: Avalon Bay in Melville.
Families with young children are also attracted to these developments. The sense of privacy and security along with the amenities of a clubhouse, swimming and tennis – without the maintenance – are just what some busy parents desire.
When asked most residents say that what initially attracted them to this type of development was the ability to come and go as they please without worrying about the upkeep or security of their home.Retirees and empty-nesters say they are drawn to the developments’ lifestyle, which enables them to take vacations without worrying about the safety of their home or its maintenance – while also providing them with an active social life. For many people of retirement age, the gated communities provide a way to stay near their family on Long Island – instead of moving to Phoenix, Florida or North Carolina!