In 2020, real estate saw a desire for a “safe nucleus” in the form of gated communities in destinations such as Palm Springs and the San Fernando Valley, as described in The Red Paper, The Agency’s annual market report. The appeal of having the safety and security of who was entering the neighborhood was a draw, as was the availability of sports and recreation areas naturally primed for social distancing—tennis, pickleball, and golf.
Here, we go look behind the gates for a look at six homes on the market now in gated communities from Beverly Hills to Park City, Palm Desert to Los Cabos.
Situated in the prestigious, 24-hour, guard-gated Beverly Hills enclave of Mulholland Estates, this contemporary/transitional residence listed by James Harris, David Parnes, and Alex Vichinsky has been masterfully refreshed for the modern lifestyle. Offering absolute privacy and serenity amidst the neighborhood’s verdant landscape, the approximately 10,971-square-foot estate captures far-reaching canyon and city views while providing unmatched amenities for entertaining in the comfort of home.
This premier location in The Colony—an award-winning community—boasts easy ski access, breathtaking down-valley views and an abundance of natural light. This modern masterpiece, designed by renowned architect Clive Bridgewater and listed by Mauricio Umansky and Sean Railton, showcases perfectly scaled rooms with expansive views. A 24-foot accordion door creates seamless integration from the indoor to outdoor living spaces. There are eight fireplaces and firepits, an oxygen-enriched air generator—which provides a comfortable sleep at lower elevation—and a conditioned wine room.
Casa Escondida, listed by Janet Jensen and Lisa Torres, is an impressive seaside compound located within the gated neighborhood of Fundadores, part of the 2000-acre resort of Puerto Los Cabos. A sanctuary of luxury living, enjoy 270-degree panoramic ocean and coastline views to Palmilla Point and the lights of San Jose del Cabo. This property is the epitome of a Los Cabos legacy purchase for multi-generations to appreciate and enjoy.
Set your eyes on the panoramic southern views of the 15th hole at the Trent Jones Golf Course with this four-bedroom, four-bathroom in Rancho La Quinta, listed by Gillian Jones. Within this former model home, a beautifully landscaped gated courtyard leads to the dramatic rotunda entry with a formal living and dining area. A gorgeous patio boasts a built-in barbecue and lush foliage surround the luxurious pool and spa with flowered fountains highlighting the scene.
Just one block from The Lodge and ocean, this charming seven-bedroom English Country Manor offers views of the ocean and golf links. Featuring single-level living, this home has the ability to transform from a quiet retreat to a perfect gathering for family and guests. Experience the casual elegance of Pebble Beach living in this incomparable retreat. Listed by Tom Bruce.
Located in the exclusive, gated community of The Oaks in Calabasas, this Spanish Colonial estate, listed by Denise Snanoudj, sets itself apart with unparalleled panoramic views and exuberant pastoral sunsets. A much sought-after John Laing-built and designed home, it offers indoor-outdoor living at its finest. The expansive grounds include a golf driving range, saltwater pool with Baja shelf and spa, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and living room with patios and a gazebo that will accommodate large-scale entertaining. Peaceful, private and majestic, this estate is one great expanse of beauty.