You don't have to live in a HOA.:banghead:
One of the main criteria for buying, when we were in the market ~11 years ago, was no covenance agreements/HOA Didn't wind-up w/a lot of land, but a nice little place on the end of a cul-de-sac and (for the most part) good neighbors - like I always say: "count on luck when you can't count on skill!" *got lucky on this one*Almost any house you want to own in is in one in this state unless you can afford acreage.
And there has been a few court cases contrary to that thinking too.
I bought my lot for $4,500 and the one next door for $2600, built my own house for under a $100,000 and it isn't a small home. Where else can I do this. I hate HOA's and think they are fairly unconstitutional. Ours was suppose to end or be up for vote in 2000 yet they just continued it without one and haven't informed the residents here that that was the case. So I do what I can to fight against it. And if someone googles Sudden Valley they might come upon this site. And 90% of the folks here don't like our Association but feel (like the federal, state and local gov.) that there is nothing they can do about it.
So, after your self-defense shooting, how will you explain your nom-de-net to the DA's investigator? How will you answer the prosecutor when he asks, "So, Mr. DC, why did you adopt the "killa" persona if not as an indication of your lifestyle? Weren't you just itching for an opportunity to earn your bones, so to speak?" "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this is your defendant, 'Mister DC-killer'."
Not a harley!