Subdivisions vs. Neighborhoods: Top Pros and Cons of Each


When working with a broker to find your new home, knowing what type of community you’re seeking can be helpful. While the difference between urban and rural is pretty apparent, other terms like “neighborhood” and “subdivision” are less clear, with many people using them interchangeably. The REALTORS® at Bee Realty can help you understand the subtle differences between subdivisions and neighborhoods to help you articulate precisely what you want and need.

Key Differences Between Subdivisions and Neighborhoods

No matter where someone lives, they likely call the area where they live their neighborhood. However, there are distinct differences between subdivisions and neighborhoods, with each having its unique characteristics.

  • Subdivisions are planned communities. They’re typically developed by a single builder or development company and are characterized by a cohesive design, with homes sharing similar architectural styles and landscaping. These communities often come with set rules or covenants enforced by a homeowners’ association (HOA), ensuring uniformity and stable property values. Some subdivisions offer community amenities like parks, swimming pools, and community centers, providing a sense of exclusivity and convenience.
  • Neighborhoods are more organic. They evolve over time and usually include a diverse mix of home styles, sizes, and ages. While they might lack the shared amenities of planned subdivisions, neighborhoods often feature a sense of history, a unique character, and fewer restrictions.

Understanding these distinctions is essential for homebuyers to make informed decisions that align with their lifestyles and preferences.

Pros and Cons of Living in a Subdivision

There are 316 subdivisions or communities in Volusia County, 76 of them in DeLand alone, including Victoria Park, Glenwood Springs, and Azalea Walk. These planned communities provide a structured and cohesive living environment. Like most housing options, they come with advantages and disadvantages.


  • Amenities. Many subdivisions feature tennis and pickleball courts, community clubhouses, and playgrounds, enhancing residents’ quality of life.
  • Uniformity. Architectural consistency and landscaping standards ensure a visually appealing environment and can help maintain property values.
  • Community. Common areas and planned events foster a sense of community and provide opportunities for socializing.


  • HOA fees. Though they cover the maintenance of shared spaces and amenities, these fees can sometimes be quite hefty and can significantly increase over the years.
  • Restrictions. HOAs often have rules regarding property modifications, which can inhibit personalization and creativity.
  • Limited diversity. The uniformity in home design and layout might not appeal to buyers who want a more eclectic or historic neighborhood feel.

Keep in mind, too, that homes in some subdivisions are built closer together than in established neighborhoods. And older areas have more mature trees. However, they also have small parks and play areas for those who love their morning walks or have small children to keep entertained.

Pros and Cons of Living in a Neighborhood

Buying in one of Volusia County’s many neighborhoods provides a sense of community and character that many homebuyers find appealing. Neighborhoods like West DeLand, Downtown DeLand, and Glenwood cater to a variety of lifestyles, from serene, natural settings to more vibrant, urban environments. While neighborhoods can provide a unique and diverse living experience, they, too, come with their own pros and cons.


  • Community involvement. Neighborhoods often have active community groups or informal groups that enjoy shared activities and collective decision-making that isn’t bound by formal rules and regulations.
  • Proximity to local businesses. Easy access to local shops, restaurants, and services fosters a walkable and vibrant community atmosphere.
  • Property value appreciation. Unique and well-established neighborhoods typically see significant property value appreciation over time, especially those with historical significance or desirable features.


  • Fewer amenities. Unlike subdivisions, neighborhoods might not offer communal amenities like pools or playgrounds.
  • Varying maintenance. Property upkeep can be inconsistent, affecting the neighborhood’s general appearance and property values.
  • Limited community engagement. Not every neighborhood invests in organized community events and activities.

Neighborhoods vary greatly in size and structure, encompassing anywhere from a few streets to several square miles. If you lean towards living in a community that places a high value on shared interests and a sense of belonging over specific development goals, a neighborhood might be the best choice for you.

Subdivision or Neighborhood? Let Bee Realty Help Find Your Ideal Home

We hope this post helps you better understand what a subdivision is, how it differs from a neighborhood, and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. When you’re looking for a new home in the greater DeLand, Florida, area, Bee Realty Corp REALTORS® can help you make the best decision and get you into the new home of your dreams. Whether you choose a neighborhood or subdivision, we’re sure you’ll find it a wonderful place to live!

Talk to one of us today by calling 386-279-7522 or contact us online.

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