Gated living provides the ultimate peace of mind, offering privacy, security, a built-in sense of community, first-rate amenities and complete control over who has access to your home. They also tend to guard some of the most exquisite estates in the world. From the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the golden coast of Southern California, here are properties currently on the market worth considering.
Tucked away in Thousand Oaks’ exclusive celebrity enclave of Hidden Valley, this exquisite new build rests on a sprawling and privately gated 22-acre property encompassing three structures: an 11,022-square-foot main residence, a replica 2-bedroom guest home and renovated horse stable. From the soaring ceiling and spectacular primary suite to the gourmet kitchen and Yellowstone-inspired views, the self-sufficient estate leaves nothing to be desired. Plus, it’s only moments from the prominent Lake Sherwood Country Club or a scenic drive to Malibu. Tracy Smith holds the listing.
Listed by Farah Levi, this timeless residence sits in the guard-gated Palisades Country Estate community, offering unparalleled safety and privacy. Classic touches include a grand formal living room with 30-foot ceilings and custom windows, a gourmet kitchen, separate staff quarters and its own tennis court. The home also boasts modern touches, such as a safe room turned movie theater, sauna and bonus walk-in closet that can house the grandest of sartorial collections.
Secluded and perched atop a highly desirable hill in the gated Country Ridge Estates of Calabasas, this modern Spanish boasts designer finishes, panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains and every luxury amenity you could hope for. Including seven ensuite bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood doors and windows, an entertainer’s dream backyard, a custom white oak boutique closet, Plum Temperature Controlled Wine Server and a state-of-the-art home theater with a Dolby Atmos capable sound system rarely found in private residences. Gina Michelle holds the listing.
An architectural gem listed by Fred Dapp and Martha Hunt, this gorgeous mid-century home resides in the historic Thunderbird Heights neighborhood, a gated community in Rancho Mirage lovingly dubbed the “Playground of the Presidents” for its many iconic past and present residents. Double-gated for absolute privacy, the property is surrounded by mature hedges and native flora, which conceal the 1.1-acre lot containing a spacious motor court, five-bedroom main residence with staff quarters, a guest house plus a lap pool and spa.
Jim and Marilyn Cavanaugh‘s listing in Scottsdale’s sought-after Colonia Encantada community is an exquisite remodel, from the French white oak hardwood floors to the soaring vaulted ceilings. Residents will enjoy two spacious bedrooms, including a lavish primary suite with a walk-in closet, a pristine and modern kitchen, a built-in bar for entertaining, a custom gas fireplace and a den. Set behind a 24-hour-guarded gate and nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac, the villa offers views of Camelback and convenient proximity to the McCormick Ranch Golf Course and the new Ritz-Carlton resort.
Listed by Michael Chiovari and hidden away in Gold Canyon’s coveted Vista Del Corazon gated community, this Mediterranean-inspired retreat offers sophisticated and private living. The cul-de-sac location and sprawling one-acre grounds feature jaw-dropping views of the Superstition Mountains, Tonto National Forest and Dinosaur Mountain Golf Course. Inside the 10,270-square-foot main residence, find five bedrooms, custom arched ceilings, exquisite natural travertine stone and marble, top-line appliances and a Control4 smart home automation system.
Located in the secluded and privately gated community of Tatum Foothills, this gorgeous home listed with Adrian Heyman sits tucked away on a premium, cul-de-sac lot. Architecturally, the home offers a design aesthetic that welcomes from the moment of arrival. From tall ceilings to floor-to-ceiling windows, the home offers endless natural light and a natural flow. Completely private with views of the Phoenix Mountain preserve, the large, mature shade trees, sparking pool, spa, firepit and new outdoor kitchen make this an entertainer’s dream.
Revel in three levels of next-level luxury on a world-famous stretch of Turks and Caicos hidden behind a gate. Listed by Ian Hurdle, this architectural masterpiece boasts unparalleled income-generating potential, with its seven-bedroom main residence, four guest bungalows and staff quarters. The property has been used as a playground by celebrities and featured in numerous shows and travel magazines—and for obvious reasons. The crisp white finishes let the surrounding turquoise waters and lush palms shine, while a Sonos sound system, outdoor cinema, numerous pools and a tennis court provide limitless entertainment.
Sean O’Neill’s majestic listing in Providenciales dazzles with its unobstructed panoramic views of Grace Bay. Part of The Summit enclave on the peak of Blue Mountain, the home combines sophisticated finishes with sustainable features. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect the luxe interior to a serene backyard with an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean.
In the exclusive and private Windchaser community, Villa Brise overlooks miles of powder sand beaches and sparkling waves. With 4,700 square feet, the home is made for entertaining and features a grand outdoor dining room, large pool, tranquil garden and chef’s kitchen. The two one-bedroom studios and two-bedroom suites can also be rented out for extra income. Sean O’Neill and Ian Hurdle hold the listing.
Find serenity at this classic Caribbean oasis on the Leeward Canal and part of the revered Leeward community. The defining feature of this estate, which sits on two parcels totaling 1.86 acres and is listed by Sean O’Neill, is the wraparound veranda where you can swing in a hammock while soaking in the sherbet-colored Turks and Caicos sunsets. The open concept flows effortlessly out to a dining terrace, pool and one-bedroom casita. With over 50 feet of dock space, it’s a dream for water sports enthusiasts.
Part of the masterfully planned El Encanto de la Laguna community only moments from San Jose del Cabo, this villa invites you to relax in unparalleled luxury. Enjoy direct beach access from this beautifully furnished residence, where you can hear the waves and see whales migrating. One of the largest home sites in the neighborhood, this gloriously private estate boasts bountiful upgrades, from the tiered media theater and infinity pool to the warm wood accents and palatial primary suite. For more information, contact Janet Jensen, Paul Goldsmith or Daria Goldsmith.
Enjoy Ritz-Carlton resort-style living at this 10,700-square-foot oceanside residence in San Jose del Cabo. Designed by celebrated architect Fernando de Haro and listed by Janet Jensen and Fabian Bouffier, this villa is part of the exclusive Puerto Los Cabos. In addition to the timeless, Zen-inspired interiors and premium-quality finishes, residents can enjoy a sweeping terrace, heated pool and spa, fire pit, lawn and garage with staff quarters on a sprawling property. Community members also get access to the world-class golf course, beach club, restaurants and legendary concierge services.
This stunning penthouse epitomizes elevated coastal living. An enviable blend of privacy, luxury and views, the residence is part of a building designed by renowned architect Gerardo Ularte to showcase sweeping coastline vistas and maximize cooling airflow. All three ensuite bedrooms feature custom carpentry and spa-inspired bathrooms, and a peaceful office nook is sure to inspire some of your best work. Primed for entertaining, the expansive outdoor terraces include a wet bar and professional-grade barbecue. Bruno Paul Bourlon and Bernardo Koenig hold the listing.
New construction just above Park City’s Painted Valley Golf Course and in a central Promontory location, this stunning 1.26-acre homesite features a grand home with six bedroom suites, a three-car garage and ample outdoor living space where you can take in spectacular mountain views. Another perk of the gated community lifestyle is access to many amenities, including golf courses, pools, clubhouses, restaurants and fitness centers. Mike Mazzone holds the listing.