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Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

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  • Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

    I have never been a fan of gated communities / huge apartment complexes but recently I am slightly nudging towards it but still ...I do not believe that these gated commuities will sustain the longrun....

    more or less they might become like the colony in the prabhu-vineetha starrer film ( I do not remember the name though)..
    All it takes is a small feud to spark things around leading to major commotion...

    The closest Ive come to living inside a gated community is that of living in a police quarters for 28 years of my life but in that all maintenance stuff is taken care of by the government and no association was there for any politics to be present...

    People who have been living in large apartment complexes (200+) or in gated communities for more than 10 years (not builder managed by community managed) can enlighten us

    Indian gated communities only please
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    Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

    Not sure what your concern is as i have not seen the movie mentioned by you. I have lived in a gated community in Velachery for 8 years and really enjoyed it. Kids have a good time and festivals were celebrated as a community. Gated communities with lots of open spaces,play areas, shared amenities is the way of life in future for people who aspire for a better quality of life in Indian cities.

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      If you are aware that townships and gated communities are common living style in many foreign countries. It is proven to be a very comfortable, safe and convinient living environment for residence. Basically the quality of life has increased tremendously. That trend and culture is moving into India and I can see that happening in Chennai. People are seeking for comfortable, safe and quality living environment which is provided by townships and gated community. Ammenities are also within reach now. So my prediction is that the trend will move towards townships and gated community and people will look out for this. Current living styles with multi families living in one building will not be favoured. Congested areas will be avoided and rentals in these areas will go down because people will move out to suburbans. Apartments and houses without carparks will be face severe crisis in obtaining tenants. This is what happened in many developed countries and now India will face the same thing.

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        Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

        Originally posted by vpsureshkumar View Post
        If you are aware that townships and gated communities are common living style in many foreign countries. It is proven to be a very comfortable, safe and convinient living environment for residence. Basically the quality of life has increased tremendously. That trend and culture is moving into India and I can see that happening in Chennai. People are seeking for comfortable, safe and quality living environment which is provided by townships and gated community. Ammenities are also within reach now. So my prediction is that the trend will move towards townships and gated community and people will look out for this. Current living styles with multi families living in one building will not be favoured. Congested areas will be avoided and rentals in these areas will go down because people will move out to suburbans. Apartments and houses without carparks will be face severe crisis in obtaining tenants. This is what happened in many developed countries and now India will face the same thing.
        Would you be able to name 10 developed countries apart from the US, Canada and Australia where gated communities are so very common...... And these are countries with pockets of development and vast vacant lands in between towns or cities...

        If you understood the concept of paid carparks and multilevel carparks and how they came into existence in the western world I am sure you wouldnt have said the second statement.

        And also there is no one such factor that determines people moving to suburbans. It is happening in Chennai because of the OMR IT stretch and the Mahindra tech park and the rest of the Tech companies situated out of the city and people see growth in here for their investment and reduced commuting.

        The places you have in mind while penning ur post are those commuter towns in the middle of nowhere i.e inbetween two busy cities or the suburb of a busy city where people move to in direct correlation with the rising rent in the city/....

        I can write a lot more but this would turn into a debate... I started the thread to know the experience of people who already are experiencing the lifestyle

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          Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

          Originally posted by gandhi123 View Post
          Not sure what your concern is as i have not seen the movie mentioned by you. I have lived in a gated community in Velachery for 8 years and really enjoyed it. Kids have a good time and festivals were celebrated as a community. Gated communities with lots of open spaces,play areas, shared amenities is the way of life in future for people who aspire for a better quality of life in Indian cities.
          would like to know the politics inside if any, the hassles involved in taking major decisions. what happens if one flat/household out of 300 or so if affected and the cost involved is high....this sorta...

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          • #6

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            Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

            I feel that gated communities are good for end use but not for investment in the long run. By long run, I mean 20-30 years, when it's time for reconstruction, the only thing that holds value is your UDS and most gated communities with huge open spaces have low UDS. For the same investment amount, one could probably get bigger land parcel outside the gated community in the same area. So an apt in gated community- Im not sure if it will be a good investment for your next generation (as compared to an independent house/plot etc). In many ways buying an apt could just be a glorified version of lease.

            However for end use, gated communities are no doubt good, providing all the amenities and a community living.

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              Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

              Originally posted by vpsureshkumar View Post
              If you are aware that townships and gated communities are common living style in many foreign countries.
              In US, people only rent in gated communities. I've not heard of people buying an apt in a community except for few condos here and there.
              As soon as it comes to owning a place, its mostly some form of independent house.

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                Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

                The gated community is catching up in India and better than living in individual home where security is the issue. I like the atmosphere with lot of kids playing around. however the maintenance is the issue and it is laborious process to collect money from individuals to take care of major expenses.

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                  Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

                  Guys,

                  Let's focus on the OP's concern - group maintenance of common areas and amenities. Do they pay the maintenance regularly? What happens if a few parties do not cooperate? These kind of practical issues...

                  I also own an individual house, but have booked a apartment in a 300+ gated community for want of security, playmates for my kids, better social interaction, etc. But just as OP is concerned, I am also a bit skeptical about the maintenance part as our folks are famous for selfishness and kanjus mindset and non-cooperation for well-being initiatives.

                  I have read a court judgement that the community can cut off water supply(and other essentials) to an unit which is not paying up maintenance fees. So this could help to an extent dealing with those characters. But what if that person is a local goonda, person with connections, etc. This brings us back to square one.
                  Last edited December 29 2012, 09:54 AM.

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                  • #10

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                    Re : Townships / Gated Communities - Their fate in 15 - 20 years

                    The association do not have any right to shut off Water supply to residents for non-payment of Maintenance fees.The resident can take them to court.The association can deal with erring residents legally only.We faced this issue in our apartment complex also.If possible please provide the link of the court judgement.

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