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Alaor Santos

Senior Member
Portuguese Brazil
HI everyone

In Brazil it is very common to see nice houses - mostly very nice houses - built on a shared piece of land. The main purpose of this kind of residential area is security - privacy? None -.These houses are much safer than any detached house anywhere. Only apartment buildings are safer than these private compounds. I am not sure about the term, though. What do you call this kind of residential area?

Thank you
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    A compound, in AE, usually consists of several buildings belonging to the same group, often an extended family. The Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod is one example. The Branch Davidian compound, which belonged to a rather strange religious sect and was attacked by the U.S. FBI (with great loss of life on both sides) in 1993, is another.

    If the people who own the houses aren't related by blood, marriage or at least friendship, I'd call it a gated community.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    shared land ... security - privacy ... private
    Is the criterion that the houses have security and privacy or that the houses (and the land) are privately owned by the same family/group? If the houses are owned by unrelated individuals, it's not a private compound (in US English).
     

    Matomic

    Member
    American English
    Have you heard of the term "gated community?"

    Wikipedia
    A gated community is a form of residential community or housing estate containing strictly-controlled entrances for pedestrians, bicycles, and automobiles, and often characterized by a closed perimeter of walls and fences.

    edit: You found it right before I posted =)
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    As long as it fell inside the definition given by Matomic, then, 'Yes'. Perhaps "a small gated community."
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Have you heard of the term "gated community?"
    edit: You found it right before I posted =)
    Egmont mentioned it yesterday in Post #2 of this thread. ;)

    A gated community is usually planned by a developer who lays out the roads and builds the fence and gate, etc. Perhaps you could describe how these groups of houses come about, who builds them, who takes care of the common areas, etc. All these types of things are going to influence how we think of this thing. Having to ask you a long series of questions while you give us one piece of data at a time is going to take a long time. ;)
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The difficulty may be that in Brazil, they may do things differently. In the UK, there are two types of development (i.e. group of houses) that have this idea.

    1. A private estate - with this, there are rarely walls encompassing the area, although there might be a hedge. The roads might be maintained by the local authority or not.

    2. A gated community - this does have walls around it and gates that only the residents can open. This is usually built to prevent criminals entering. The roads will probably be maintained by the residents. The whole area inside may have a caretaker.

    I think meaning 2 is closest to what you wish to say.
     

    Alaor Santos

    Senior Member
    Portuguese Brazil
    We have in Brazil all sizes of gated communities. They vary from, as I said above, a piece of land with 6 houses on it - row or detached - to bigger properties with nice houses in them, say, 20, 30. The owner of the land is usually a big estate agency, a construction company or even a private investor. They divide the land and sell theses building sites. A possible buyer goes and checks out this empty site and starts building on it. No one knows each other. We also have this same pattern in rural areas where country houses are built. We call it here 'enclosed condo', all of them. My question is, once these houses or properties are enclosed by a wall - usually very well protected -, can I call all of them, regardless their size, gated community?

    Thanks
     

    Alameen

    Member
    Arabic
    Hello Experts
    what do you call an un-gated cluster of houses attached to a government office and designated for its employees?
     
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