“In its modern form, a gated community (or walled community) is a form of residential community or housing estate…., and often characterized by a closed perimeter of walls and fences.” (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gated_community)
To me, Gated communities, are the best alternative to the flourishing rundown multi-storey apartment buildings in Zambia. I am especially of the opinion that since these (gated communities) are owned by one proprietor (either an individual or a body) they are easier to maintain because, in the spirit of honesty, maintenance is where we tend to lack on our buildings. This way, renovations, for example become common just at the sight of wear and tear.
My recent project is just that and is of one-to-two bedroom single-family condominiums. The target market is single for the one bedroom apartments and family for the two bedroom.
Noteworthy features are:
- characteristic and individual entrances with vanished repurposed timber,
- characteristic and individual rear shaded fire exit with vanished stone,
- smoothly macadamized driveway,
- manicured lawns
In conclusion, since such communities are some sort of common interest development, what mostly builds and keeps a clientele is the security they promise but also the reserve water supply and sanitation for most daily activities, among other amenities depending on their size – smaller or larger.
Like this project, smaller communities may have common parking while larger ones may have common-area swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, community centers or clubhouses, spas, gyms and so on and so forth.