Gated Community Entrances

Gated Community Entrances by Rudy Giron

It seems that all the real estate developing around Antigua Guatemala are just gated communities; these are like mushrooms, the spring up overnight. Most of these gated communities have guard at the gates. Well, guess what, I am not interested in the guards, but in the architectural style of the gates themselves. For instance the arched gate shown above is from a community that was stopped for unknown reason, but the gate remains. The gates are also the first thing built in new real estate development, many times the architectural design of the gate ends up becoming the identity piece and logo.

Now, what are your thoughts regarding unmanaged and uncontrolled real estate development?

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  • NYChapin

    Occupy Antigua !!

  • Buzz

    Regarding the comment by NYChapin, quite a few of us expats from the U.S. and Canada are already occupying Antigua. It’s a beautiful place to live full of beautiful people and beautiful weather.

  • NYChapin

    Yes Buzz ( cool name) I have seen you guys ( expats) while waiting on line for my pan at Doña Luisa’s. Often I admire your new “caites” but I’m much too shy to ask from which mercado you purchased them from. je je je
    The “occupy” movement is not new to Guate, people have been occupying idle terrenos whenever there is an opportunity. I figured they can do the same with the undeveloped real estate that Rudy photographed.

    Salud !

  • Eric

    Rudy, I don’t know enough about development around La Antigua to comment on gated communities there, but when I lived in Florida, they seemed to spring from the ground like weeds. It seemed like a land developer would drain some swampy land, build a gate and a few model homes, and within weeks there was an instant community. Whether this was good or bad depended on if you were a resident for many years who suddenly had to deal with more traffic, noise, people, or if you were a new home buyer happy to have finally purchased a place of your own. How is the land secured for these developments in La Antigua ? Do they build on “open land”, or do they force other homes or businesses to relocate ? And, as we have discussed previously … does the gate help, or hurt, the security of the residents ?