Gated communities are new housing development concepts that currently can be found in most area of Bandung metropolitan city today. They often developed on a relatively small plot of land, with the project’s size smaller than two hectares, and developed with a small number of housing units. This study attempts to examine households' preferences in the urban and suburban areas of Bandung. Two different gated community developments with different geographical conditions are surveyed for this study using qualitative research exploration method. The findings from the research indicate different preferences between housing dwellers in the urban and suburban area.