I received the electronic copy of the disclosure from our HOA and I have been reading about things that we can and mostly CAN'T do in our house. We are limited to only certain types of fences (they discourage putting up a fence in the first place), mailboxes and other structures. There are very strict rules in any modifications that we plan to do in our house and would have to go through a rigourous application process with the Architectural Committee. Good thing we opted for the 3-car garage so we don't need to build a shed right away. However, we plan to build our own deck so I am not looking forward to that.
We currently live in a neighborhood that has minimal fee ($60 per year or $5 monthly), while the neighborhood for our new build collects an HOA fee of $850 per year or $70 per month. Wow! I knew it was going to be around that amount when we signed the contract, but still I feel like it's too much (still ranting). The only amenities are a small playground, pool and the clubhouse that you can rent. The reason I feel annoyed is because I know of a nice golf course community here in our current area that has so many more amenities like pool and clubhouse, walking and biking trails, tennis and basketball courts, baseball field, commercial area/stores, elementary school, security cameras in the neighborhood and roads and very impressive landscaping and maintenance (maintenance people are picking up trash literally every time I drive in that area), etc and homeowners are only paying $50 per month.