The Benefits vs. Regulations of living under s Katy Home Owner’s Association
My family and I have never experienced living in a neighborhood with HOAâ€™s before Katy, Texas.Â Meaning the fees or the benefits.Â There are plenty of benefits, and I had to overcome my frustration with the fact that I could not have chickens in the backyard (â€œEven if they are kept inside an enclosure?â€ I asked the representative on the phone in disbelief, while she practically snorted â€œAbsolutely NOT!â€) before I could stop to appreciate the strengths of HOAâ€™s!Â Well, after I got over my initial trepidation with this new idea, I decided to explore what I could do in my backyard.Â Or at the park, the gym, the pool, and all the other beautiful amenities that we, after $700 a year, bought rights to!
“So I canâ€™t have more than two in-laws at the pool with us?â€Â I asked the clubhouse receptionist, as she gave me the â€œtour.â€Â This time I think my jaw was dropping, because she looked at me funny with her head tilted, as she slowly nodded, â€œThatâ€™s right, maam.â€Â So I need to call up those friends and family members that I promised could come over and swim for the Fourth of July party!Â Other plans are now necessary.
The gym has been a real good deal though, as I use it about twice a month. At least now, I donâ€™t have to feel guilty for paying a monthly due, and not ever making an appearance at said institution!Â It has a TV though, large and loud, so maybe Iâ€™ll go work out just to get some â€œMe time,â€ away from the kids, and feel productive at the same time.Â Hmmmm, what would I look like after 30 minutes of treadmill?Â At the rate of twice a month, of course.
The kids, undoubtedly, are getting the most out of the park and surrounding walking trail, complete with a gorgeous pagoda, pond and waterfall.Â And â€œBeware of Alligatorsâ€sign.Â Really?Â This place is something else!Â I guess I wonâ€™t be bringing Lacey, our little Chihuahua and Yorkie mix to the pond for a walk!Â I can just see that now; my baby, as alligator baitâ€¦Â
Needless to say, this country girl at heart isnâ€™t completely sold on HOA rules and regulations, (â€œI only get to have two yard sales a year?â€Â The representative, very tired of me by now, sighs loudly.Â â€œYes, and only on these datesâ€¦â€)Â Â Iâ€™ll see more benefits in time, Iâ€™m sure, in time.
Obviously this was a humorous take on being in neighborhoods with HOA regulations.Â What do you think?Â Are you in a similar neighborhood and do you like the rules?Â What kind of benefits do you have?Â Or maybe you live in a â€œrestriction-freeâ€ area.Â I would love to hear your viewpoint!