Residential satisfaction in Condomínios exclusivos (gate-guarded neighborhoods) in Brazil

Máyra Carvalho, R. Varkki George, Kathryn H. Anthony

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Many neighborhoods in contemporary Brazilian cities, known as condominios exclusives (CE) (exclusive condominiums), are surrounding themselves with walls or fences and using security gates to control access. By reinforcing spatial differentiation, turning inwards, and avoiding the rest of the city, CEs are dramatically affecting urban form. This article describes our study of an important aspect of the Brazilian CE phenomenon: specifically, satisfaction among CE residents. We used a structured questionnaire to study residential satisfaction in one CE. Not surprisingly, residents are highly satisfied with living in a CE. However, the reasons why they moved into the CE do not coincide with why they like living there now. Three main factors that predict residential satisfaction in CEs are their: a) location, b) safety, and c) unique characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-768
Number of pages35
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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