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Mar 16, 2014 3:14PM
Hollywood California deletes gates from famous people's houses
Jan 21, 2014 9:48AM
Hey, some pretty interesting views on here. I'm researching a feature film (documentary) that features gated communities and touches on lots of the issues mentioned here. I'm based in London and this hasn't really become a phenomena yet in the UK. I'm looking to talk to people who live or have lived in gated communities - more the middle class rather than super rich. Can anyone advise me? saskia@dartmouthfilms.com  
Feb 23, 2011 10:32PM
The slide show regarding "Top Gated Communities" forgot the best..."Rolling Hills" on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.....Check it out
Nov 17, 2010 9:35AM
Oh, and movement between the income quintiles (namely up) has all but disappeared over the same time period.  It seems the wealthiest quintile resents the attempts of anyone not in their class trying to attain the American dream, and they go to any measure politically or geographically to cloister themselves... most obviously convincing the ignorant that 'nose to the grindstone' has any relevance to attaining wealth.  In this case,  the wealthiest of the wealthy feel that 90% of their highest quintile are too dirty a mass for them to risk association.  So they develop their communal estates, and the associated economies develop their serfdom.
Nov 17, 2010 9:16AM

What does keeping a handful of European auto workers employed have to do with US economics?  You're right.  The simple math says wealth redistribution has gone from 20% owned by the top 1% (1980) to 40% owned by the same population.  The numbers are infinitely worse when tallying debt.  So lower taxes for the wealthy have a demonstrated effect over the past 30 years of higher unemployment coupled with lower effective median incomes and higher debt for those not lucky enough to be one of the entitled 1%.  And we still haven't begun talking about the wild instability caused by financial deregulation.

Nov 17, 2010 8:37AM
Independent Girl...and keep the people who manufacture those 'fancy cars' employed.  Economics is not difficult to understand...it's generally simple math coupled with cause&effect...why do so many not understand it? 
Nov 17, 2010 8:22AM
Nice places indeed! Something for us middle class folks to dream of. Sure hope that 2% that live in these places get the Bush Tax Cuts extended so they can buy that new fancy car to put in the drive way. It sure would pretty up these photos even more :)
Nov 17, 2010 7:43AM

Always_right, you're rigth I went to make a fitness equipment delivery when Eddie Murphy mansion was under construction is a beathiful and xtreme home.

there were artists painting pics on the walls and ceilins.

Nov 17, 2010 7:29AM
Why are so many jelous of the people who live in these communities? Most of these have just benefited from the American Dream and have become successful. Be resourceful, energetic, inventive, and you'll do well too....it's America! Take advantage of the freedom!!!
Nov 17, 2010 7:15AM

Gated communities do exist for the middle class. Come on over to the U.S. and you will see. I lived in a few.

As for the Poor. Come on get real. Common sense tells you they can't afford gates. It's a shame because poor people are not all uneducated and with the economy, lost their jobs. I know this because I lost my husband and am now living with my daughter who has a good job and continuing her education and does not live in a gated community. I am considered poor. I checked out the Rich gated communities tour just to dream a little. These people live there because they can all afford them. When you live in a gated community, you pay for it. 

Nov 17, 2010 7:05AM

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Nov 17, 2010 6:49AM
"Gated communities are not just for the rich."

Uh, why didn't you show any gated communities that are inhabited by middle class and poor people? BECAUSE THEY DON'T EXIST, THAT'S WHY!!!! Enough of this Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous garbage! These people are scum who get rich off of everyone else's toil and sweat! And they expect the rest of us to bow down and worship them! I say grab their mansions and turn them into homeless shelters! Conspicuous consumption is offensive and disgusting!
Nov 17, 2010 6:21AM

a little surprised Tiger Woods' new place isn't in here.  uh, he probably doesn't want anymore media attention for awhile, geez, talk about a guy who fell from glory.  He does have a nice house though, (and so does his ex-wife lol).  What'd she get from him, something like $300m? 

Nov 17, 2010 6:14AM
How about Michael Dell's place.  Now that's a guy who's come a long way.  You know at one time he only made $18,000 a year.  Now he's in a position that allows him to give $65m a year to charities.  Now that's a success story.  To build what he has built and achieved...I can only imagine the hard work and dedication it would take.  I'm glad he did it, otherwise where would the $65m he donates to charity come from.  That would be a huge loss to thoses charities. 
Nov 17, 2010 6:06AM
How 'bout the area Tom Brady (the football player) has a 22,000 square foot home.  Nice.    How'd you like to be the real estate agent/broker on that sale $$.  :)
Nov 17, 2010 6:03AM

Wow!! These are nice houses.  I like the ones they showed where Eddie Murphy, Barry Bonds and Denzel Washington live.

Nov 17, 2010 6:02AM
BobbyMac....Giving is one thing...having it stolen from you is completley another story.  Would you rather have people give to Church or State?  Who do you worship? In who do you lay your trust? God or Obama?
Nov 17, 2010 5:54AM
Just take a minute to think about why we are allowed to view the outside of such communities.  IT IS NOT ENOUGH these individuals have such extravagant living quarters/live style---------------- it must be a topic of envy to others. 
Nov 17, 2010 5:47AM
Ja...The sanctuary?? My sister used to live there a few years ago. I visited many times and trust me it isn't all that!!
Nov 17, 2010 5:39AM
Some of these gated communities are just "out of control". The local and national media recently reported stories containing police reports dealing with outrageous numbers of underage drinkers attending a high school homecoming party at a gated mega mansion. The parents were home upstairs in their bedroom all the time but claimed they knew nothing. Money does not buy character.
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