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TopWaterTiger
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Lake Charles, LA
Member since May 2006
7383 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
nothing at all! waste of money for our neighborhood. They installed a water irrigation system in the front "common area" when you drive in, that didn't need it.

I've asked for a gate, which I'd gladly help pay for, but they won't do it.


tankyank13
Florida State Fan
NOLA
Member since Nov 2012
5205 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
enriched the management company. Only thing I can think of.


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Willie Stroker
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Landscaping on common ground


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hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
8487 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
RE: installing a gate, you can’t simply gate off public streets in Louisiana. If your streets are public (and likely they are) and maintained by the town/parish, they were accepted by ordinance as public property when the neighborhood was created. You can’t just stick up a gate and keep others out: you literally have to purchase the streets back from the parish, which means you are also responsible for all maintenance of those streets & their attendant street lights.

My better half served time on our HOA board: 95% of his work was explaining to members why their pet idea (“lets put up a gate!”) was completely unfeasible without a giant pile of money. That and the incredibly petty people who would call to complain aboiut the color of the pansies in the landscaping, or who wanted a exception to the rules for their camper/boat/pergola/trampoline. 26 pages of covenants—you’d think people would at least read them before buying something as large as a house. LOL.


TopWaterTiger
LSU Fan
Lake Charles, LA
Member since May 2006
7383 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
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RE: installing a gate, you can’t simply gate off public streets in Louisiana. If your streets are public (and likely they are) and maintained by the town/parish, they were accepted by ordinance as public property when the neighborhood was created. You can’t just stick up a gate and keep others out: you literally have to purchase the streets back from the parish, which means you are also responsible for all maintenance of those streets & their attendant street lights.


I already know all of this...and I also know several other neighborhoods near mine have done the same thing already. Its not an impossible task.


Cool Hand Luke
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Member since Oct 2008
1197 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Ours has a neighborhood crawfish boil and a Halloween party each year. They also just replaced the old wooden street signs with metal ones. Overall I am happy with ours. I just wish more residents would participate in the meetings and board positions.


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hungryone
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river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
8487 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
No, it’s not impossible. It’s just hella expensive, and requires something like 80% of the affected property owners to agree. Most ppl bitch about paying their $60/month, and they’re unlikely to want to pony up thousands per household and then be on the hook annually for streets and drainage maintenance.


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SSpaniel
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Germantown
Member since Feb 2013
15229 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Put up Christmas Lights at the entrances during Christmas.


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ItNeverRains
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Franklin, TN
Member since Oct 2007
13905 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Stay on developers arse about unforeseen development shortcuts that were taken that should have clearly been on the developer vs eating into your cash immediately. Vetting vendors for upkeep is also important, especially your property management company. I would try to run all infractions through them to keep the peace of being the bad guy when at all possible. Try to find a way to work around any changes homeowners want to make to their property vs simply shutting down requests based on covenants. Most people will spend above and beyond to do their desired changes and many times you can actually improve aesthetics even if outside the covenants. When a dispute arises between two neighbors do not play favorites, even defer to an interpleader outside HOA if necessary.

Most important - Be as consistent as possible.


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dpd901
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Member since Apr 2011
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Made a homeowner fill in a pond he had dug in his FRONT yard. Stopped a homeowner from putting a weird looking garage door on his house. Worked tirelessly to get the parish to address drainage issues. Etc etc etc.

There’s a high end neighborhood (houses from 1/2 a million and up) near mine with no HOA and a guy just built this weird looking modern California style house right between a bunch of French Country Style homes, costing all of them tens of thousands of dollars in home values.

I thank God everyday for my HOA when I drive by that house.


East Coast Band
Alabama Fan
Member since Nov 2010
36886 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
I cannot wait to move out of a neighborhood with a HOA. Not that ours is overbearing, I just fundamentally hate them.
Ours annual fees have nearly doubled over the past few years and all that has been done is some management company is running it (Spaces?). Literally nothing of extra value has been added.


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Breric
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Member since Oct 2007
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Ours is constantly requesting homeowners to pressure wash their driveways so they went out and bought a communal pressure washer that homeowners can rent for $10 a day.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
Member since Oct 2003
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
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Ours is constantly requesting homeowners to pressure wash their driveways
OMG


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LSU0358
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Member since Jan 2005
6699 posts
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Actually cracking down a bit on people who let their house look like crap with no yard/flower bed maintenance. Also didn't let trashy things like parking cars in yards and setting up cars on blocks in driveways take place.

The general theme of an HOA should be not letting someones trashiness bring down neighborhood property values.


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hungryone
LSU Fan
river parishes
Member since Sep 2010
8487 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
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There’s a high end neighborhood (houses from 1/2 a million and up) near mine with no HOA and a guy just built this weird looking modern California style house right between a bunch of French Country Style homes, costing all of them tens of thousands of dollars in home values.

Umm, a modernist house is probably IMPROVING the property values of a bunch of faux "french country" style homes....those suckers are like crabgrass, all over the place. Many are ugly, near identical square boxes w/eyebrow dormers, fake shutters, gaslights, and the same barely-there cheap architectural detailing (like raised stucco trim around windows). As long as the modernist house is well landscaped & maintained, I don't think you've got an argument for it driving down property values merely on appearance.


Bill Parker?
Member since Jan 2013
2803 posts

re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
Brand new pool, security cameras and new signs. Really impressive for such a small subdivision.


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dpd901
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re: What has your HOA done In your neighborhood that you liked?
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Umm, a modernist house is probably IMPROVING the property values of a bunch of faux "french country" style homes..


It’s a fricking eyesore that’s been in a state of construction for 3+ years and it sticks out like a sore thumb. I have no problem with a modernist house, but it shouldn’t be where it is. And anyone who would build something like that seemingly just to spite his neighbors is a fricking a-hole of the highest order. People like that are why HOA’s are a thing.


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