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Is Your Homestead in an HOA or Governed by Restrictive Covenants?

Discussion in 'Everything Else Homestead Living' started by Calista, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Feb 26, 2018
    Calista

    Calista Lovin' The Homestead

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    Well, this was interesting to me. A business friend of my husband's has decided to relocate from California to a "redoubt" state for retirement and wishes to live a sustainable lifestyle on acreage. He and his wife have a good grounding in the skills and mindset required to make a go of it and are now actively searching for that perfect piece of property.

    They are considering buying in to an HOA community. The friend knows of our commitment to and interest in being self-sufficient and sent us a copy of the headings for covenants attached to properties sold in this community.

    Would you run the other way? Would you be able to achieve your sustainability goals within these parameters? (I do not have access to anything other than covenant headings right now.)

    What do you think? Do you consider your HOA and/or covenants reasonable? Are these reasonable?

    These are not five-acre "ranchettes" but lots from 20 to 80 acres per family.

    Yes, we advised our friend to continue looking. For me personally? I feel suffocated just reading the headings. :idunno

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  2. Feb 26, 2018
    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

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    NH's state motto is Live Free or Die. I can't stand the thought of someone telling me what to do on my own property. RUN!
     
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    Mini Horses

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    You really have to read the entire thing to see JUST how liberal it is, or not.

    I once looked at a parcel, zoned for horses, and one of the restrictions was NO BARN !:th


    WHAT??????
     
  4. Feb 26, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    X2! RUN!

    I live in an unrestricted area and I put up with some stuff that I'd rather not put up with - BUT - I can do anything I darn well please on my own property and I wouldn't have it any other way!
     
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    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Super Self-Sufficient

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    Hell no my homestead is not in a HOA or any other type of restriction. If it were, I wouldn't be living here.
     
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    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Hell no, that is ridiculous! Keep looking.
     
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    tortoise

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    Totally agree, I'll never live in a HOA.
     
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  8. Feb 27, 2018
    FarmerJamie

    FarmerJamie Mr. Sensitive

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    No on a HOA, just no. Lolol.

    Need to check out EPA restrictions too. Property I used to own had a perfect spot for a pond. Nope, protected watershed. Ponds all over the neighboring properties, grandfathered of course.. grr
     
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    Calista

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    Yes, we looked at a 30-acre property with a huge seasonal wetland, which thrilled me with its possibilities. We learned of the EPA designation of that wetland as a protected watershed, no development allowed.

    Name of the waterway that supplied this wetland? DRY CREEK. :mad:
     
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    Calista

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    A few interesting comments I've found at different sites discussing rural HOA's:

    "...HOAs (like local or state or federal governments) can go wrong, sometimes idiotically wrong. But so can your 5 or 10 acre unrestricted piece of rural paradise if you happen to be blessed with an ATV running, gun wielding, heavy-machinery enthused, junk car loving redneck neighbor. You can wake up to the smell of gasoline or noise of gunshots or both combined! Their kids can become your kids when you find them in your apple trees and their wandering hunting dogs or pit bulls can become your pets too. 'Cause they are not afraid of sharing all of that you see."

    "I like having a crunched up car on my front lawn. It's a great burglar deterrent." LOL

    "MY mortgage payments, MY decisions about what I will do with my patch of dirt. Period."
     

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