With the congested seller’s market we’ve found ourselves in, many homeowners are turning to buying land rather than purchasing existing homes — and there’s no better place to do it than in a master-planned community. Let’s talk a little more about the pros and cons of master-planned communities, so you can determine if it’s the right move for you and your family.

The Pros and Cons of Master-Planned Communities

A master-planned community is comparable to a traditional development or neighborhood, but it’s designed more strategically. Developers spend ample time and effort choosing a great location, situating various lots, mapping out utility systems, and examining how the community will transform and grow over time. 

This is why many consider master-planned communities to be a great place to call “home.” Below, we’ll take a closer look at specific details that make them so great, as well as what aspects sometimes turn homeowners away from them. Because, ultimately, you need a home that works best for you and your family — and we’re here to help you make that decision. 

The Pros of Living In a Master-Planned Community 

We like to say that a traditional neighborhood is just a street address, while a master-planned community is an all-inclusive living experience. There are many advantages to buying land in a master-planned community, including: 

  • Ready-to-build land – When you purchase a lot in a master-planned community, the land is leveled, connected to utilities, and ready for construction to begin
  • Instant curb appeal – Master-planned communities are fully landscaped and maintained by the development. In addition to your own beautiful landscaping on your homesite, this delivers instant curb appeal to your home and community. 
  • Access to a reputable builders network – Creating a master-planned community requires help from many resources — all of which can be available to you! Since they’re already a part of the community, you can gain access to a builders network full of custom home builders, designers, contractors, and local suppliers. 
  • Enhanced security – Master-planned communities often have gated entrances to limit non-essential traffic, encourage peaceful surroundings, and enhance safety and security. 
  • Exclusive activities and attractions – Many master-planned communities don’t just include homes, but outdoor activities and attractions as well. Things like private trails, pools, or parks are all there for residents to enjoy. 
  • Stable property values – Due to their well-maintained land and high-quality homes, master-planned communities help homes retain value and appreciate steadily — no matter what the real estate market is doing. 
  • A unique community inside your larger community – Every master-planned community offers different advantages and amenities. You can choose one that is best tailored to your family’s lifestyle and provides a unique sense of community within your larger city or town. 

The Cons of Living In a Master-Planned Community

There are also a few common complaints from homeowners about master-planned communities, most of which are related to the following three aspects:

  • Cookie-cutter homes – Some master-planned communities contract a builder to construct all the homes within them, using just one or a few styles. This can result in less customization and uniqueness in the communities — at least on the exterior of homes. 
  • Homeowners Association (HOA) dues – Many master-planned communities require HOA fees, which can be more expensive than some homeowners are willing to pay. 
  • Lack of privacy – Some master-planned communities are designed to fit smaller homes and more of them. These are called high-density master-planned communities, and some homeowners may experience a lack of privacy within them due to closer lot placement. 

However, it’s important to remember that all master-planned communities are a bit different. Things like location, amenities, and cost can vary greatly. So, depending on which master-planned community you’re thinking about making home, some of these disadvantages may not apply. 

What It’s Like To Live In Our Master-Planned Community at Stage Pass

Now that you know a little bit about the general pros and cons of master-planned communities, we’re going to let you in on how we do master-planned community life at The Vineyards at Stage Pass. We’ve designed our master-planned community with future residents in mind, taking full advantage of Southern Oregon’s beautiful, natural surroundings and our top-tier network of custom home builders. 

Remember all the benefits of living in a master-planned community we listed above? At Stage Pass, we meet all of them. From ready-to-build land, to amazing curb appeal, to private access to trails and vineyards, we know what it means to offer “all-inclusive” amenities. 

And, of course, if you remember all the benefits of living in a master-planned community, you likely also remember the common complaints about it. But at Stage Pass, we’ve found a way to overcome those challenges and provide an amazing living experience. Here’s how: 

  • Our HOA dues go toward a multitude of great community amenities, like professional groundworks and convenient trash pickup. They’re well worth their cost, as they make life more relaxing and convenient for you. 
  • Stage Pass is a low-density master-planned community, focused on providing residents with the space they need to live abundantly. Privacy is never a problem with our expansive, spread-out, scenic lots. 
  • We don’t contract one builder to construct a number of cookie-cutter homes. Instead, we enable you with an amazing builders network, so you can build the custom home of your dreams. Make all the stylistic choices you wish, and enjoy your view overlooking breathtaking mountains, flourishing vineyards, and more. 

Explore a New Way of Life in Our Master-Planned Community at Stage Pass

At The Vineyards at Stage Pass, we maximize what it means to be a master-planned community. With spacious lots, luxurious amenities, and picturesque natural surroundings, we’re the perfect place to call home. To start building your future here, contact our team for a private tour.

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