When A Neighborhood Becomes Unfriendly

I’m going to start by stating my bias. I don’t have a lot of love for my current HOA board, especially some of the decisions that they make.

Many of the decisions appear to me – at least – to be self serving (this is where my bias comes in).

Take for example the latest decision by the board to install small custom made signs at the entrance of the community. These signs tell the viewer that they are not allowed to trespass, they are not allowed to fish and they are not allowed to loiter. The intention behind these signs is for the common area within our community, however the placement of these signs don’t suggest just that. The placement suggests that people can’t trespass on the city streets that run through our community (something which the HOA board has no control over).

This action by itself is not the reason for this post. This is just one of a few actions that the board has taken over the last couple of years that make me wonder if our HOA board didn’t get the message about (1) being good neighbors, or (2) being Texas-friendly.

About 8 years ago, the then board place soem very nice signs in the green belt that advised visitors that the area was private property and for the use of residents of Plantation Springs. Both signs were placed in an area that was noticeable. Of course, many people ignored this, and the infractions by non-Plantation Springs residents ate away at a couple of members of the board. So about a year ago, the board moved the signs to more “prominent” places, which were not prominent at all. One of these signs were almost deliberately nestled among the branches of the trees that lined the creek. I questioned the decision at the time, and was told that it was a great community project for a local boy scout troop. I guess that made it alright.

Then one of the signs got damaged, and the board advised that they would be repairing this and replacing this this sign. For months now, there has been a wooden pole sitting in the ground with no sign. The board were “working on it” advised the property manager when questioned a couple of months ago. Perhaps the tiny metal signs were the replacements. Questionable.

Did I mention that one board member actually attaches flyers to cars that park in the street to warn them that they are not welcome? Yeah, we are a real friendly bunch here.

time for change

After being in our house for almost ten years (January 2011) we have decided to start the House 2.0 project. Chris and I have been looking around for a couple of years for the next “perfect” home for us to live in. We initially thought that we could find a foreclosed property that we could work with, however the only time that the right house appeared, there was so much that needed to be done to it, that we both decided that it wasn’t worth pursuing. Then we stopped looking for a while as we got busy with other projects.

Then in July we had been talking with some friends and they had just singed up to build a new house, and we once again explored the option of building House 2.0 rather than trying to find a home that fit our needs. It was here that we found Sorana Estates thanks to our friends. Both of us fell in love with the community (not that one exists yet), and the layout of the development. We even found a house that we both really liked.

Move forward to today and House 2.0 is now starting to become a reality. We even have a website ready with the beginnings of everything everyone needs to know about the house. Feel free to check out the website.

So all things working in our favor, we will calling House 2.0 home around March 2011. More details to come.