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John Ball, Home Buyer in Davenport, FL

If an ad states a 'Man Gated Guard House' does this mean the community is gated with a guard on duty in a guard house? If not, what does

Asked by John Ball, Davenport, FL Fri Aug 6, 2010

it mean?

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Hi John,

Yes it does mean that it is staffed and it also means that the gates are actually worthwhile. Gates without guards are almost worthless. They are little more than eye candy. Everybody and his brother will eventually get the entry codes.

Please note that there is another cost to gates, manned or unmanned. Streets behind gates are private and the next time we have a storm knock down some trees on those streets it will be the homeowners responsibility to pay for clean up.

Good luck,
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
This set of words was used in advertising homes on Trafalgar Village in Kissimmee

Have the gates and the guards appeared yet ?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 12, 2012
It PROBABLY means there is a human guarding the gate, but this is not the place to get a correct answer. Call the agent who placed the ad, or call the office of the development in which the home is located to find out absolutely and positively what kind of gate-guarding they are doing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 7, 2010
As included on the website of answers.com/topic/gated-community below is the definition to your question.
Some gated communities, usually called guard-gated communities, are staffed by private security guards and are often home to high-value properties, and/or are set up as retirement villages. Some gated communities are secure enough to resemble fortresses and are intended as such.
To enter some gated communities, the person must be a registered resident with photo ID or the person must have a friend in the gated community who gives specific permission (via phone or internet) to the security guards at the gate to this effect "my friend Joe Smith will visit me in the next hour or so, his drivers licence number is ----, let him in".
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 7, 2010
Hi John,

Just want to comment that although there may be a person at the gate, if the streets are publicly maintained it is mere window dressing and all must be admitted.

There are pros and cons of living in a gated community if you must pay the cost to maintain the streets. It can be very expensive and I often see negligent HOA and Condo Board of directors who are not collecting sufficient money to eventually pay for the re-paving. Those owners may eventually get hit with a very expensive "Assessment".

Hope this helps.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 7, 2010
I would say yes, "human attended" - used to be you could say that something was "manned" and it would be clear that it was attended by a person, now in our hper-sensitive age we need to soften to "humaned".... \

So I would assume that it is a "manned" gate but would also not be surprised if you saw another kind of human there, and I for one, would not make a case about it, except perhaps to chuckle to myself at the high silliness of our times.

Having said all that, your best bet is to call the management company - here in NJ in my local MLS we are pressed to provided the management company name and contact info - your agent should be able to provide it to you and/or help in getting this question addressed. Always good to get the definitive answer to questions before moving forward with a purchase -- eyes wide open is the best way to proceed.

Good luck to you,
Jeanne Feenick
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010

It seems like that is what it means... Human guard at gate. These things can change, often- guard gates are removed or an automated system replaces the manned security. Things do change.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
Yes. But it is important to find out if it is "manned" 24/7. Safety is a 24 hour a day concern.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010

Usually the fancier and more prestigious communities have a guard at the gate 24 Hrs a day. This prevents cars just going in by tailgating a resident. It is the most efficient guard system available. That is the system used in Providence, Reunion, Windsor Hills, Wyndham Palms, Solivita, etc. Remember those are services that are covered by your monthly HOA fees.

Tony Vega
Charles Rutenberg Realty

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
It means that the entry is gated and manned. It is timely that you ask this question. Our MLS is changing the field to "attended" rather than "manned". So actually does attended gate house make more sence?

Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
Hi John. Yes, it means that it's actually manned by a living, breathing, human being. BUT, with that said, and having the experience of living here in FL, I sometimes wonder what these 'guards' would do if they really had a problem on their hands.

This is the best guard to have, as compared to key entry or no guard at all.

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
Hi John,

Yes it does. Many gated communities have key access verses a staffed guard house. Please note communities with staffed gated entrances tend to have higher homeowner association dues. Have a great day!

Margie Casey
Southeast Discovery
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 6, 2010
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