A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living – Rudolf Steiner
It has been human tendency since time immemorial to congregate and live in close knit communities while fostering a spirit of kinship, cooperation and unity. Gated communities of the current times are built on the same premise and offer customers the best of all aspects like security, privacy and most importantly a sense of oneness and amity which results in a better quality of life. Given the exclusive advantages they offer, the demand for gated communities is on the rise and is fast becoming the ‘go to’ choice when it comes to housing.
So, what exactly is a gated community? It is a kind of housing property or residential community that contains a cluster of independent houses or villas within a large plot that is guarded by a fence or gate and hence restricted to outsiders. Considering it is closed and well-guarded, safety remains uncompromised with dedicated security personnel, CCTV cameras for 24/7 surveillance and fixed entry and exit points.
Most communities offer a plethora of amenities like dedicated garden areas, lung spaces, gyms, club houses, fitness and sports centres. So, while residents can enjoy the privacy of their homes, they also have access to such facilities without having to worry and be responsible about their maintenance and upkeep. Gated communities are often built with a focus on sustainability and eco friendly living making it ideal and a safe haven for children and adults alike.
Sense of community
Apart from the above advantages of an integrated lifestyle, providing an innate sense of congeniality and a positive ambience where people can live harmoniously is arguably the most important reason behind the popularity of gated communities. It brings people and families together and facilitates opportunities where they can interact and bond over common interests. It is a boon for senior citizens and empty nesters as it helps foster friendship and builds a culture of familiarity and trust. The same is true even for young couples, parents and children. Each of them is able to find their own ‘tribe’ and pursue their hobbies and common interests together. Gated communities hence create an ambience of togetherness where residents can spend quality time with each other and lead an active life beyond the boundaries of their own homes.
Events like festivals and special days take on a whole new dimension in such societies. It is an occasion that brings the entire community together who celebrate the occasion in a way that embodies the spirit of unity in diversity. Common spaces are decked up, sub committees are formed and different groups take on responsibilities for the successful execution of these functions. Various activities and competitions are planned for different age groups to ensure everyone is involved in the festivities. Apart from all religious festivals, national days like Independence and Republic Day are observed in a grand way. While it is a chance for elders to be actively involved, it provides youngsters and children a chance to connect with their roots and learn more about our culture and heritage. Most of these occasions are planned in such a way that it encourages diversity and inclusion which is key in today’s times and a necessity for harmonious living in the future.
All in all, a feeling of camaraderie and companionship is intrinsic to gated communities. This helps elevate the overall quality of life for its residents. As it is often said, community is not just about being together, but it is about doing life together. At this juncture, the words of Helen Keller indeed ring true – Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.