In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the real estate market saw an explosion of "McMansions" and sprawling estates across the nation. The economic downturn toward the end of the decade brought the country back to earth and shifted the trend in new housing from giant luxury homes back to moderately sized residences.
While many have claimed that the McMansion boom is over, others beg to differ.
For evidence of the clash, just flip on cable television, and you'll find reality shows on both sides of the equation. The FYI channel features a show called Tiny House Nation. Remember Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous? That debuted in 1984 and ran for eleven years.
While the tiny house trend has been intriguing to observe, it's not terribly indicative of where the country is headed in general. For every house that's being built on wheels, at least one other is moving into a luxurious gated community.
To be honest, experts who voiced a death sentence on McMansions, estates, and gated communities probably spoke too soon.
From Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, gated communities offer a range of advantages and pleasures. If you've never considered the notion in the past, now may be the time.