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Hello, everybody
I was looking for gated community in Southern Spain online but didn`t find any.
It seems that they don`t have such thing or not many.
Can you tell me some names that I can look at them online please?
This may help my husband to move there as he is concern about safety.

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Hello, everybody
I was looking for gated community in Southern Spain online but didn`t find any.
It seems that they don`t have such thing or not many.
Can you tell me some names that I can look at them online please?
This may help my husband to move there as he is concern about safety.

Thanks,
Lisa
The only one I know of in my area is this one - they seem to be few & far between

The Colina Club

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Sotogrande Alto comes to mind. The entire Sotogrande Alto is gated, three gated entrances I think, two of which are manned 24/7, the other unmanned but locked at night - regular patrols by the security company within - all cars entering and exiting recorded on camera. Within Sotogrande Alto, there are additional gated communities, one called Sotogolf, although the gate there is no longer manned, another called Valgrande, which has a gate that is manned 24/7 as well, and one or two more gated communities there too I think, one up by the Almenara hotel that I think has 24 hour concierge service as well.

Never any guarantees of course, but it looks like a pretty secure area.
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They do exist. Here are a couple I found using Google.

Retirement Village Spain - Retirement Community Village in Almeria, Andalucia for the Over 50's
The Colina Club

But there are thousands of "gated" communities/urbanisations that are not specifically for the elderly.

Personally, living in a village surrounded by neighbours and friends, I've never felt safer. Everyone knows everyone else and the crime rate is extremely low.
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I had a friend live in one in Villamartin by La Zenia; There is one local to me in Chiclana and another in the Costa Esuri in Ayamonte. I believe whilst it used to be easy to find, the laws were changed to discourage gated communities

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Thank you for your responses!

I checked out Sotogrande Alto but it happen to be very expensive.
Other communities might be more appropriate for us.
It is hard to search such community online.
I also contacted one estate agent for help.

Lisa

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Thank you for your responses!

I checked out Sotogrande Alto but it happen to be very expensive.
Other communities might be more appropriate for us.
It is hard to search such community online.
I also contacted one estate agent for help.

Lisa
Gated communities with a physical guard do tend to be expensive properties - the guards do have to be paid, after all.

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The very fact that a community is locked in behind a gate and has security guards indicates you’re entering a high crime area.

In my semi- campo area I sleep with my front door unlocked and my back door open wide so my timid dog can go out at night when he feels like wandering., Spain is no more violent than any other European country, in fact less so than parts of the UK. It isn’t Columbia or Mexico.
As an older woman now living alone I feel totally safe, more so indeed than when I lived in England.

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The very fact that a community is locked in behind a gate and has security guards indicates you’re entering a high crime area.

In my semi- campo area I sleep with my front door unlocked and my back door open wide so my timid dog can go out at night when he feels like wandering., Spain is no more violent than any other European country, in fact less so than parts of the UK. It isn’t Columbia or Mexico.
As an older woman now living alone I feel totally safe, more so indeed than when I lived in England.
That isn't always the case.

We have gated urbs in my town with guards/concierges/porteros - & we have one of the lowest crime rates in Spain.
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Well, it's said fear of crime is often greater than the actual incidence of crime. My mother locked, barred and bolted her door whenever she was home, day or night yet she lived in an area with almost zero crime rate.

I get your point but if I were new to an area I would wonder why the need for security, gates etc. I have a friend who lives in such a community, barriers to stop cars so security guys can question why they wish to enter if they don't bear an ID sticker, 24 hour security patrols....yet there is a constant spate of petty crime, worse in summer. No violence, just robbery, but annoying.

Fact is you become aware of crime when you are a victim. You might be the only person in your community who has been a victim of crime but your awareness immediately increases. We were lax about security in our previous house until we were burgled. If I get burgled in my little finca I'll start locking myself in at night.

These things can happen anywhere, city, town or village. Important thing is not to live in fear so if gates and guards help you sleep at night, go for it. I would.

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