If you are looking for homes in the suburbs, you will find that a good number of them are found within housing developments. These homes are part of a larger, structured community that may offer shared amenities like a pool, gym, or playground. While this type of living may seem strange if you have always lived in a less-busy, more rural area, there are some real advantages of buying a home in such a development.
An HOA Will Keep the Neighborhood Looking Nice
Most developments have a homeowners' association. This is a group of residents who meet and make decisions for the neighborhood and who orchestrate upkeep for the shared spaces. They usually collect dues and spend those dues on maintenance. As such, the public spaces throughout the community will look nice. The streets will be clean, playgrounds will be maintained, and so forth. Outside the development, not as much care is paid to these tasks.
Neighbors Tend to Be Orderly
In a development, your neighbors are more likely to be respectful. If someone is constantly causing trouble, such as by playing their music loudly at 3 am, the homeowners' association will ask them to comply and may eventually fine them if they don't. Having this authority in place tends to keep people on their best behavior. By comparison, outside of a development, you don't have much recourse if your neighbors are doing things that are annoying, but not illegal.
Speed Limits Are Low
The roads weaving through most developments have low speed limits. There tend to be a lot of stop signs and crosswalks to keep drivers on their toes, too. This makes development streets safer places for you to run or ride your bike -- and also safer for kids who may be playing in the yard or venturing down to the local playground.
You Have Access to Shared Amenities
Are you tired of driving another 15 minutes to the gym each night after you get home from work? Maybe you wish you had access to a pool without having to buy one yourself. Most developments do contain some amenities that are shared among community members. You'll have ways to entertain yourself close to home. These are also good spots to meet and chat with your neighbors.
Living in a new homes community can be really enjoyable and convenient. Talk to your real estate agent to learn more about the popular developments in your area.