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April 12, 1998
Re "Courageous 'No' to the Social Fort," April 5. The Times editorial stated that gated communities are bad for our community, because they separate members of our society. We happen to live in a free society, and one should be able to chose where one lives, as long the safety or morality of the rest of the community is unaffected. If crime in our streets is the problem, then our police departments and judicial systems are not doing their jobs. The problem is not solved by forcing people, who wish to live in secure gated communities, into areas where they're exposed to a higher crime rate.
November 20, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A Texas developer and a group of California scientists are feuding over the amount of environmental damage a gated community would bring to one of the last remaining parcels of prime wildlife habitat in the southern Santa Susana Mountains. "This isn't just about adding another bunch of expensive homes in the foothills," said Sean Anderson, director of California State Channel Islands' Pacific Institute for Restoration Ecology and one of 17 scientists who have signed a petition opposed to the project.
August 12, 1992 | AMY PYLE
The north Chatsworth neighborhood of Indian Wells Estates joined the trend toward gated communities Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors allowed the community to declare the streets there private. In recommending approval, county staff members said it would save the county maintenance and liability costs. County parks representatives required only that public access be allowed via a trail that crosses the area.
October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Jessica Simpson, who earlier this year bought a Hidden Hills estate from Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, has sold her home in a guarded enclave in the 90210 ZIP Code for $6.4 million. The custom-built Hamptons-inspired traditional was built in 1991 and recently renovated by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. Features of the Kerry Joyce-designed house include crown and base moldings, high ceilings, a commercial-grade kitchen, a home theater, an office/library, a gym, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,500 square feet of living space.
December 3, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
A proposal to turn the College Park West neighborhood into a gated community has died in the face of significant costs and opposition from local residents. A new survey of residents in the 312-home community shows about 80% oppose the plan, which was proposed by residents Michael and Rosann Rosandich as a solution to crime and maintenance problems. "The College Park residents don't want to put any money out in taking care of the streets or the sidewalks," Rosann Rosandich said.
July 19, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
A controversial plan to convert a Calabasas neighborhood into a gated community will be discussed tonight by the City Council. Opponents say there's no guarantee that the $500,000 project would enhance property values or make their neighborhood safer. They accuse the Calabasas Hills Homeowners Assn., which is pushing the plan, of ignoring their concerns. "Their tactics of employing greed and fear to pass a plan is shallow and insulting," Dominic Bonelli wrote in a letter to the city.
March 30, 1992
Officials at a gated housing community are asking the Police Department to begin patrolling their private streets, a request that has prompted city officials to consider stricter regulations on such developments. The homeowners association of the Seacliff on the Green tracts, overlooking the Seacliff Country Club Golf Course, has complained about speeding and parking problems on the neighborhood's private streets.
July 17, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Orange County's gated residential communities foster attitudes and lifestyles that run counter to trends in the information age, a prominent urban planner told a major transportation conference on Tuesday. "While there may be indeed rapid changes in technology and the economy, the question should center on the person undergoing the change. Is there a new global person emerging?" asked Marc Futterman, director of urban design and planning at the Urban Innovations Group, an adjunct of UCLA.
November 17, 1994 | LYNN FRANEY
Residents of El Niguel Heights received city approval Tuesday to gate their community, five years after they first decided to privatize their streets. The City Council voted 4 to 0 with one abstention to let the quiet hilltop neighborhood install gates on Augusta Drive at Niguel Road and on Glen Abby Drive at Club House Drive. The decision was met with enthusiastic applause from about 200 residents who had donned green ribbons to show their support for privatization.
September 27, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
The Rolling Hills subdivision in Laguna Niguel, a comfortable enclave of $500,000 tract homes, is a place where young professionals can raise families in quiet seclusion, away from the frenetic pace of South Orange County. But the residents, not satisfied with the privacy that comes from their many limited-access cul-de-sac streets, are taking steps to transform the neighborhood into a virtual sanctuary by surrounding the 315-home subdivision with fences and electronic gates.
September 27, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: We live in a gated community with approximately 150 joined single-story condos. We want to sell but have been told by a board director that real estate "for sale" signs are not allowed per our covenants, conditions and restrictions. He cites the CC&Rs: "No owner, tenant or other occupant of the covered property shall post any advertisement, signs, flags, banners or poster of any kind for public display, provided that with the prior written approval of the board as to size, type, color, style and location, a sign of customary and reasonable dimension may be posted to advertise a lot for sale or lease.
August 16, 2013
Bringing to mind a country estate in Europe, the Tuscan-style Mendenhall Estate sits on acres of landscaped grounds in a gated community. The graceful mansion's high-ceiling living room, master suite and swimming pool take in views of the surrounding mountains and canyons. PHOTOS: The Mendehall Estate in Topanga Location: 21000 Mendenhall Court, Topanga 90290 Asking price: $21.5 million Year built: 2004 House size: Eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet Lot size: 23 acres Features: Media room, office, wine cellar, children's wing with game room, covered terraces, saline swimming pool, spa, lighted tennis court, soccer field, bocce court, well, solar panels, fruit trees, four-car garage, 35 on-site parking spots, zoned for horses About the area: In the first half of the year, 42 single-family homes resold in the 90290 ZIP Code at a median price of $980,000, according to DataQuick.
September 7, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Vanessa Bryant has put a Newport Coast house up for sale at $3.75 million. The Mediterranean-style house was signed over to her as part of her divorce settlement with Lakers champion Kobe Bryant. The house, built in 1999, sits on slightly more than a quarter of an acre in a gated community. Among features are an office/library, five fireplaces, balconies, five bedrooms, a bonus room and six bathrooms. There is a spa, an outdoor fireplace and a barbecue center. The house is one of three the Bryants own in Newport Coast.
September 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Patience often pays off when waiting for the right pitch, and it also can pay off in home selling. Texas Ranger third baseman Adrian Beltre and his wife, Sandra, have sold their 4-acre-plus estate in Bradbury for $17,410,961, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The couple listed their custom house nearly two years ago at $19.8 million. The newly built Mediterranean, designed for both formal entertaining and casual indoor-outdoor living, includes such custom features as a 2,500-square-foot rec room outfitted as a batting cage.
July 10, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Less than a week after Trayvon Martin's shooting death, community members built a memorial outside the gated neighborhood where he died, leaving laminated photos, silk flowers and other trinkets in the grass as a tribute to the slain teen.  Then it rained. The grass grew. Teddy bears rotted. Residents started complaining, officials said, that the memorial defined their neighborhood. They called it an eyesore. The city of Sanford let the memorial stand for more than four months.
July 2, 2012 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
When Haddon Libby stepped to the podium at the Indian Wells City Council meeting last summer, he didn't think his questions were particularly difficult. Rumors were floating through the wealthy desert city about the salaries and benefits that city leaders were drawing, and he wanted to know if they were true. Dressed in a brown suit and open-collared shirt, Libby knew most of the council members, and he addressed them by their first names. Did the city manager and council members receive free use of VIP rooms at Eisenhower Medical Center?
Having a large house with a three-car garage, an Olympic-size swimming pool or a Jacuzzi is not enough these days to put a San Fernando Valley homeowner on the cutting edge of the upscale housing market, real estate experts say. The new hot trend is living behind bars--in the form of gates and fences. Among those who can afford it, gated communities are the most popular housing phenomenon in the Valley since back-yard tennis courts, developers and real-estate agents say.
November 12, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
An Irvine Co. plan to build a 119-home gated community off Dover Drive in Newport Beach cleared its first hurdle Thursday by winning approval from the Planning Commission. Before the commission approved the plan, the Irvine Co. was required to put up a bond to be used for widening Dover Drive between Westcliff Drive and 16th Street if it becomes necessary.
April 10, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Dan Cortese and his wife, DeeDee, have sold their house in Malibu for $2.6 million. The Mediterranean-style home, built in 1997, is in a gated community on more than three-quarters of an acre. The 6,322-square-foot house has a sweeping staircase entry, five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The actor, 44, starred in the TV series "Rock Me, Baby" (2003-04) and "Veronica's Closet" (1997-2000) and appeared in the 1995 season of "Melrose Place. " He hosted "Money Hungry" (2010)
January 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Beverly Hills Post Office-area home that entertainer Ed McMahon fought to keep from foreclosure in a much-publicized battle in 2008 has sold in an all-cash deal for its most recent asking price of $3.475 million. Six offers came in on the property following its late November listing, and the two-story house in the gated Summit community was in escrow in 10 days, closing after the first of the year. The transaction may finally end the saga of what has been a beleaguered property history.
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