Speaking of HOA's and the good things about them, one of our neighbors-to-be (he is planning on building a home soon on a lot he owns, as am I) recently tried to pull and fast one and get a variance to set his home only 35 feet from the street instead of the mandated 50 feet, because he's trying to shoehorn a McMansion on to his lot. The HOA basically got everyone together and sent up several neighbors to the meeting and bitch slapped him into a denied request. He also wanted garage doors facing the street which is verboten in this neighborhood. So generally speaking, count me in the crowd that appreciates a good HOA watching out for property values. Especially in a small infill one-street community like ours which only contains 17 lots and which has a pretty specific architectural feel, one bad house could really fubar the mojo of the street.