Tim et al,
It can be very nerve racking to find a newer home, sans HOA/CC&R, affordable
(affordable is the buzzword) and able to support a modest tower/antenna
configuration (especially in metropolitan portions of California).
I wanted to stay in California after retiring from Verizon. My XYL, KD6PYK,
wanted a newer home but not deplete our 401Ks before. In addition, she has
respiratory issues that were heightened by Los Angeles' premier smog. We
decided on Colorado and told three realty agents that the home could not have
HOA/CC&R or anti-tower/antenna ordinances.
To be sure, we drove through numerous neighborhoods with either a "COVENANT
PROTECTED" or "A COVENANT NEIGHBORHOOD" sign at the entrance. The agent drove
past each one. After looking at a plethora of homes, we found "the one." The
total time was one week and perhaps we were lucky. I went to the City/County
Planner to insure I would not have problems. Our home is 12 years old, 5,500
SFT, 1/4 acre, and has nearly all of the amenities XYLs desire. Every home in
the tract is both unique and a custom build. My modest Hy-Gain HG-54HD tower
went up in 2005 with a Force-12 C4XLD, plus a sloper, and I am elated.
For me, it did not make sense to choose a restricted home and hope for the
best. It may take a lot of patient looking but if one is armed with a highly
competent realty agent, the desired home can be found. Whatever you do, do not
compromise or you will be miserable. Good Luck!
Tommy - K6YE
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