AHH, I understand now! Like a walled compound!
It seems English has the same word for houses' walls and the walls like in the Great Chinese Wall.
In Brazil, houses are protected by walls in the perimeter.
Public view from Google Maps: http://maps.google.c...1,11.51,,0,8.27
Those walls narrow the view. I pretty much prefer american houses with the bigger space. It isn't all public space but the view is much better! I just wonder if kids don't keep stepping your flowers... That's what we see in the films