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A look inside America's luxurious gated communities

Credit.com Logo By Christine DiGangi of Credit.com | Slide 1 of 14: Gated communities aren't necessarily fancy — by definition, they're just neighborhoods surrounded by gates — but security isn't cheap, often making them <a href="http://www.credit.com/personal-finance/retrain-your-brain-to-cut-debt-build-wealth/?utm_source=MSN&utm_medium=content&utm_content=IB_1&utm_campaign=gated_communities">synonymous with wealth</a>. There are thousands of gated communities across the country, boasting fine landscaping, million-dollar houses, community pools and even golf courses. Still, that's the norm."There are just so many and they all say they're the most exclusive," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox, president of PrivateCommunities.com, a site where you can find and list homes in gated, resort, golf and retirement communities. "There are just a million places to play."

The Grass Is Greener on the Other Side of the Gate

Gated communities aren't necessarily fancy — by definition, they're just neighborhoods surrounded by gates — but security isn't cheap, often making them synonymous with wealth. There are thousands of gated communities across the country, boasting fine landscaping, million-dollar houses, community pools and even golf courses. Still, that's the norm."There are just so many and they all say they're the most exclusive," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox, president of PrivateCommunities.com, a site where you can find and list homes in gated, resort, golf and retirement communities. "There are just a million places to play."
© Christine DiGangi
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