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HOA maintains Old Orchard beauty

Posted: January 29, 2010 5:59 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Regarding the gentleman painting stripes on his house in an HOA Old Orchard I neighborhood (“Shades of beige,” Jan. 18): If any of you are not familiar with the Old Orchard I and II neighborhoods, take a drive through them sometime.  

I am a board member of the homeowner’s association of Old Orchard II. Both Old Orchard I and II are wonderful, 40-year-old neighborhoods; well-kept and maintained with beautiful homes, paseos, trees and landscaping.

Our own monthly HOA fees are ridiculously low and include clubhouse and park/pool access. The real estate values of both neighborhoods are much higher as a result because they are clean, desirable well-maintained neighborhoods — because of their HOAs and the residents who are actively interested in maintaining their neighborhoods and homes.   

No one forces anyone to move to an HOA neighborhood. There are plenty of older neighborhoods around where one can paint a house black or pink or whatever.

In our HOAs, there is a palette of updated colors to choose from. Beige and brown are old news in our neighborhoods now.

Many of our neighbors have asked for approval of new colors for their houses and have gotten approval. It takes communication and the patience to deal with due process — you have to ask first.

The five volunteer neighborhood representatives serving on this man’s HOA board are just that — homeowners in the association who sacrifice their time for the betterment and upkeep of their neighborhood.  

If this guy wants stripes, the color purple, etc., there are lots of neighborhoods around town without HOAs, with RVs and boats parked out front year-round, Christmas lights up all year, dead lawns and so forth.

Sometimes it is a pain to do the right thing and maintain and keep up your property. We have a good number of retirees who still live in both of our neighborhoods and the level of satisfaction in our neighborhoods is generally high.

It’s amazing how the malcontent always gets the media coverage, not the majority who are generally happy, albeit mostly silently, with the way things are run on their behalf.


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