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The Benefits of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

The Benefits of Buying a Home in a Gated Community

If you’re looking for a new place to live, you might consider finding a home in a gated community. Gated communities offer several benefits that appeal to individuals and families alike. Before you make your next move, learn more about whether gated communities match your needs. You’ll likely discover that some gated communities in your area offer a safe, attractive place to live.

Improved security is one of the most common reasons people move into gated communities. While security services vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, you can expect to see benefits such as roving patrols, guest sign-in and sign-out procedures, and security personnel stationed at the community’s entrance.

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Security has become an increasing concern over the past few years. Although violent crime rates fell sharply after the early 1990s, the numbers have started to rise. Between 2014 and 2015, murder rates increased in several large cities, including New York, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Chicago. In particular, Milwaukee’s murder rate rose by 74 percent within one year. Living in a gated community can’t ensure that you’re completely safe from crime, but this community environment can certainly help offer more protection for you and your loved ones.

Security isn’t the only reason that people move to gated communities. Some residents of gated communities appreciate lifestyle benefits such as access to private golf courses, tennis courts, and planned events. Planned events often include golf scrambles, book clubs, and monthly get-togethers.

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Many gated communities have large rooms or clubhouses you can use to host parties. Instead of entertaining guests in your home, you can use your community’s shared space. This space availability offers some obvious conveniences; for example, you don’t have to worry about guests spilling their drinks on your furniture. However, many people don’t realize that having access to a clubhouse or party room can also save them money. When you can use a clubhouse, you don’t need to buy a home that’s large enough to host parties. You get to have parties while simultaneously downsizing to a smaller home.

The opportunity to downsize isn’t the only way that living in a gated community could benefit you financially. As the following infographic indicates, homes in gated communities sell for about $30,000 more than those in non-gated communities. By choosing a home in a gated community, you secure your investment. When you need to move, you’ll be more likely to earn a profit than if you were living in a non-gated neighborhood.

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Aesthetics play a role in the higher resale values for homes in gated communities. When you enter a gated community, you may notice that each house and lawn conforms to an established standard. Neighborhood associations pass bylaws that prevent neighbors from turning their properties into eyesores.

Neighborhood association bylaws often tell people how often they must cut their grass, how high they can erect fences, and whether they can have lawn ornaments. Instead of trusting people in your neighborhood to take care of their properties, you can rely on bylaws to make your community beautiful. Residents who don’t follow the rules may face steep fines. The threat of those fines is more than enough motivation for most people to either cut their lawns or hire a service to do the work for them.

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Although gated communities aren’t for everyone, many people can appreciate the advantages that these communities offer. If you want to live in a safer environment, watch your home’s value increase, and enjoy an engaging lifestyle, then a gated community probably matches your needs. Discover more features that characterize a gated home community by exploring the following infographic.

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    Last Updated on October 23, 2018

    Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

    Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

    My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

    Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

    The Neural Knitwork Project

    In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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    While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

    The knitting and neural connection

    The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

    More mental health benefits from knitting

    Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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    “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

    Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

    Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

    She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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    “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

    The dopamine effect on our happiness

    Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

    There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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    “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

    If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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