Wakefield Plantation - HOA Too Strict? You decide.....

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Real Estate Broker Owner with RED Properties NC #129285


Well, another story has come across the wire regarding a Homeowners Association and their reign over a neighborhood. For those of you local it comes as NO surprise that we are experiencing one of the worst droughts on the record books! Those of you out of the state? Trust me - it is a daily topic of discussion among residents!

Wakefield Plantation is a 2,200 acre development in North Raleigh. It is a mixed development community that encompasses condos, townhomes, cluster homes and single family homes that range from the low $200's up to $5,000,000. Some of the community amenities include TPC golf courses, tennis courts, community pools and many other recreational facilities. Wakefield Plantation prides itself on being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Common areas are constantly maintained, pruned and groomed.

There are restrictive covenants that the residents of Wakefield Plantation must abide by. They address many items such as what kind of fence you can install on your property, where you can park your vehicles, etc. For the most part, these restrictive covenants help the community maintain it's conformity. However.....

Wake County has started encouraging the use of rain barrels of homeowners to capture rain to then be reused for purposes such as landscaping. One current resident of Wakefield Plantation decided that rainbarrels would be a water conserving effort that he and his family could utilize to do their part during this drought. Michael Dadian purchased and installed 8 rain barrels on his property in February. Just this past Friday David learned that most of his rain barrels will need to be removed. Why?

"To maintain the visual impression, especially from the street, for our
community," Greg Barley, with the Wakefield Plantation Homeowners Association, said of the reason behind the rain barrel limit. (to read the entire article please visit Homeowners Association Wants Additional Rain Barrels to Roll Away)

This puzzles me in light of a few other recent decisions that impact Wakefield Plantation such as Wakefield Plantation - Will there be new zoning?  (From The Pink Oyster) It would seem according to that decision that the purpose of re-zoning is to protect the water supply of the Neuse River at the old Burlington Mills textile plant.

While I can argue for HOAs and against HOAs, I personally think that, in light of the current drought, restrictions by the HOAs should be somewhat relaxed IF it is to conserve water. Here is another post (From The Pink Oyster) that came out a few months ago regarding HOAs and water - Please file this under "You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me!"

Where do you stand on HOAs? I would love to know - again, there are great arguments both for and against.......

Always something interesting in My Back Yard....

 

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Rainmaker
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Karen Rice
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group

I can see both sides of a HOA - but the HOA needs to pull its head out of its behind and realize this is something important and responsible to do.

This is precisely why I would not want to live in a HOA but unfortunately, there are more and more HOA's and fewer properties that are outside of them... 

April 01, 2008 09:03 AM
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jess smith

People are well aware of the covenants when they move into a community with an HOA.   The owner of the Barrels needs to get a life.. Frankly, he needs to grow up

October 11, 2008 12:36 PM
Anonymous #5
Anonymous
Ken
I have my own issues with HOAs. Exacerbating them is the imperious attitudes many of these directors ans board members take on. It's like giving these closet Nazis fur coats and letting them think they are King Kong or something. But mostly they reflect the bigotry of those who elect them. One day rhe landmark court decision is going to come down that emasculated these mini-politburos.
October 24, 2010 10:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
RED Properties

I find it interesting that I am getting comments 2 years aftter this post was written.  I missed the comment regarding the "guy with the barrels".

 

Jess - ues people SHOULD be aware of the covenants when they move into a neighborhood but most often than not I find that isn't the case.  THey don't ask about them before they have an executed contract, they aren't given them at closings and usually find out way after the fact of what they are.  I do believe that it is MY job as an agent to make them aware of them prior to even submitting an offer on a property - then again, that's me and NOT all of the other real estate agents out there.

October 24, 2010 02:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
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Dame good law to have, Karen!  There is not such a law here.  There is an Addendum that should be signed by both buyer and seller which indicated who the HOA is managed by, what the dues are and what they cover but it does not require or even stipulate on the addendum that the buyer has read and understood the covenants.  Crazy, right???

October 25, 2010 09:02 AM
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