8 Secret Neighbourhoods Around the World

Wondering the secret neighbourhoods around the world? Toronto's Wychwood Park and Aurora's Adena Meadows are on the list.


8 Secret Neighbourhoods Around the World

By Adena Leigh  HGTV.ca

When you have to make it past a towering fence and multiple brawny security guards before you can enter a neighbourhood, you know it must boast some swanky square footage. From California to the UK, these gated communities are as luxurious as they come. Take a peek inside the exclusive neighbourhoods—no run-ins with brawny security guards required!

Star Island in Miami

 Kanya West is among the many high profile residents who call the exclusive gated community of Star Island their Miami home. Located on a man-made island between Miami’s mainland and Miami Beach, each elaborate property boasts a gorgeous (not to mention envy-inducing) waterfront lot.

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Saint George’s Hill in United Kingdom

 Attracting international celebrities and the UK’s upper crust, Saint George’s Hill is a world-renowned, private neighbourhood in Weybridge, Surrey. Each house has at least one acre of land, and residents have access to the premises’ swanky golf club and tennis club. To top it off, the gorgeous area is peppered with dreamy gardens and lush greenery throughout.

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Adena Meadows in Aurora

Housing some of the most beautiful properties in Canada, Adena Meadows in Aurora, Ontario offers its residents the utmost in luxury living. The beautiful neighbourhood backs onto a golf course, featuring picturesque views, palatial architecture, access to the historic main street and a beautiful surrounding landscape perfect for bike rides and weekend strolls.

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Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach

Although Emerald Bay is one of several gated communities in Laguna Beach, California, it's the only one that boasts the most beautiful private beach, inaccessible to non-residents. In addition to the private beach, its big-shot residents, among the likes of Warren Buffet and former Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth, give Emerald Bay the upper hand when it comes to elite ocean-front living in California.

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Tuxedo Park in New York

Now this is what we would call black tie real estate! The exclusive 2,600-acre gated community located 45 minutes out of Manhattan is nestled in the pristine Ramapo Mountains. Founded in 1880, it's one of America’s oldest gated communities. Today, the exclusive community attracts Wall Street titans and the who’s who of Manhattan.

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La Encantada de Villa in Peru

This luxurious gated community in Lima, Peru features opulent oceanfront homes and a country club to boot. Attracting a large international community, the lucky residents get to enjoy Peru’s exotic backdrop in the lap of real estate luxury.

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Wychwood Park in Toronto

Established in the 1870s as a community for artists, this exclusive enclave at Davenport and Bathurst is Toronto’s famous real estate secret, having once housed great minds like media theorist Marshall McLuhan. The secret community is managed privately, and residents pay into a fund to ensure the area is properly maintained.

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Beverly Park in L.A

Many of Hollywood’s who’s who lives in this exclusive gated community. Only accessible through two guarded checkpoints, paparazzi practically have no chance of getting in. Some notable names that have lived in this wealthy neighbourhood include Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg and athlete Magic Johnson.

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