The highs and lows of parenting and real estate.

Maybe HOAs Aren’t ALL Bad

You know how we’re always like: Dude, HOAs are THE WORST. All they do is fine us for leaving our garbage cans out 10 minutes longer than we’re supposed to and raise the monthly fees. I have to submit a ream of paperwork just to put up a goddamn shed in my own backyard! If I saw an HOA-Nazi’s golf cart burst into flames, I wouldn’t spit on it to put it out.

Well last weekend I showed this house in a cute Non-HOA Tempe neighborhood:

Nice, right?

Unfortunately, this was the house to the left:

Ah yes, holiday lights in February. Also I’m pretty sure the inspiration for the color palette was my favorite ice cream, mint chocolate chip.

Even more unfortunately, this was the house two to the right:

There just really aren’t words, am I right?

I wanted to take some closer-up pictures, but there was a guy wandering around the yard watering stuff who looked way crabbier than someone with a purple house and a yard full of precious moments angels really should. You’ll have to cope with a zoomed in version:

It’s fairly amazing.

The point is, next time you’re paying a gypsy to curse your HOA for the tedious misery it’s constantly wreaking on you, just remember; you could be living next door to that, with absolutely no recourse.

4 Responses to Maybe HOAs Aren’t ALL Bad

  1. So did you sell the cute one??

  2. I’m gonna be in the minority since I always am but…this is America and people are far too much in our business as it is. If one of my neighbors wants to have Precious Angels in their yard in front of their purple house? Have at it, hoss. I don’t care. I really don’t.

    I’ve lived in bad neighborhoods where people were totally inconsiderate and the things they did really did impact my personal space/life so I think I’m more “who cares?” when it comes to this type of thing. As long as they’re not shooting at me, walking through my yard to go cuss at each other on the basketball court, listening to loud music as they sex up their newest skank, or yell at me as I’m floating in my pool I’m all good.

    I feel that we pay enough for our homes that if I want to paint it a nice shade of purple, I should be able to. It is mine after all.

    But, like I said, I know I’m in the minority on that opinion.

    • Yeah, I hear ya. Live and let live and all that. The big problem there is that that house is KILLING the property values in that cul-de-sac. It’s harder for that cute house to sell because of the precious moments debacle 2 houses down. I guarantee they will get less than market value for that house SIMPLY BECAUSE of the purple monstrosity. Which is kind of a bummer.

  3. I’m with you Andrea!

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