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Talk about a rejected beauty

That's a bargain. Many subdivisions around SW Houston are well over $250/yr for their HOA fees. I'd love to get out of where we're at, but as long as my wife is working where she's been working (20+years), a long tedious drive each way would be a tough sell. About 30 years ago I drove 50 mi. from West of Houston, into the city, and while there wasn't an HOA, there was a city building inspector who thought he was GOD, but, I could still put up antennas wherever I wanted on the property. After 10+ years of 100mi/day round trip driving (and my own aging), it wasn't worth it any longer. I do miss having an outdoor antenna though...:(

I guess everyone has their own reasons for staying in a less than comfortable situation. We left the city when we had a gang shooting next door, at a Housing Authority owned property that was one of 4 bought and occupied by shall we say the cities less than desirable types. Part of the what I call "Crime in the Suburbs Act". Turn a nice neighborhood into a ghetto by moving those who won't conform to society and put them in homes in good neighborhoods.
Gets more involved, but we moved away from it and I made a 120 mile round trip to work for 16 years, and was happy I did. We're very happy where we are now, and not much threat of what happened to us in the city.
Not an HOA story, but another example of being put upon by those who think they should have authority over ones life.

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