COVID-19: The Future of Pun Hlaing Estate, a Lifestyle-driven Gated Community
By Phyo Ei Khine
Choosing a home for yourself or family is an important decision. There are many considering factors for buying a home such as types of house, a landed property or an apartment, a gated or non-gated community, location and the neighbourhood. The type of the home depends on how many family members or individuals will live there. Other critical factors include the population density within that given area, the level of responsiveness by the property management company and the types of amenities, facilities and services offered.
Let us look at the various types of gated communities.
Security zone community
Security zone has restricted public streets to non-residents. There will be roving patrols, guest sign-in sign-out procedures and protocols. There will be guards stationed at the gate, to discourage crime and limit footpaths and traffic. There are no facilities and common lifestyle activities.
Lifestyle community offers access to shared amenities such as golf course, swimming pool and country club. The estate management company offers relaxation activities, such as book club, yoga club, day spa, gardening club, cooking classes and monthly get-together. This community also focus on environmental sustainability of the estate such as organic farm, community garden and botanical garden.
Elite community reflects the wealth and reputation of the residents. They place a high value on exclusivity. They are averse to shared facilities and amenities. Elite community is prestige.
COVID-19 has taught us valuable lessons, affirms what people want. They want safety and security above all other amenities and facilities. Safety in the form of restricting non-residents into the estate to ensure non-importation of the virus. They want a management company that can carry out contact tracing if needed. They want to live in a community of neighbours that are kind, compassionate and responsible. They share their concerns over curfews and lockdown. They want an estate management that can arrange for food delivery and essential supplies.