Like everything else, there are good and bad points to every issue! The good points of a gated community are security, a home owners association, sometimes a pool, and also a consistently of maintenance to keep up home values. The negatives are usually more about losing your individuality. Some detached home communities will expect you to follow their rules about exterior paint colors, landscaping rules, what you may or may not park in your driveway, like RVs. Find out as soon as possible what some of the Home Owner Assoc. rules are before you make an offer! Best, Terry Bell, Realtor, Sonoma County Wine Country.