When most of us think of gated communities, a ton of headaches, restrictions, and old women in BMWs come to mind. But the friendly folks of Florida were thinking on a different level when they started creating the Suburban Estates. The idea was to sell individual lots within the 10,000-acre swampland to create a private community for off-road enthusiasts. Upon purchase you receive a key to the entrance of the property, allowing you 24 hours of access seven days a week for your wheeling enjoyment.
As an invited guest of key-holder Mike Carpenter, we were able to take a tour of the property and meet some of the most active members of the landowner's association (yes, like a homeowner's association). The majority of the property consists of soft sandy trails and endless mud pits, some deep enough to swallow 60-inch-plus tractor-tired monsters dead in their tracks. We like the idea of having a private community of wheelers. No need to worry about trespassing tickets or where you're going to camp-and all the wheelers out there are essentially your neighbors. Want to become part of the neighborhood? Check them out at www.suburbanestates.net.