Deborah Goonan is one of the most learned and articulate people in the country on the subject of Homeowners Associations. She, along with Nila Ridings, have expressed major concern about a wacky situation in Pagedale, Missouri, where the city has taken on the role of HOA lawn Nazis. It’s so far over the line that it has even attracted a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice. Her column on her own blog (linked below) is a critical subject for all of us.
Happy, laughing, and smiling is the best way to describe Mary Kromrey. She and her husband, Mike, are raising their son, Eli, in the home they purchased in Rountree; they’re repeat buyers in that neighborhood.
Springfield might be best known for a couple of its famous sons with roots there, Brad Pitt, the actor, and Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops. But I hope it becomes more famous for this Non-HOA neighborhood!
The Kromreys’ house doesn’t look at all like the neighbors’ houses. Each house looks different with its own unique “personality.” Mary has adorned her front porch with hanging baskets of flowers, a porch swing, an umbrella-covered table, and a bright red mailbox! What? A BRIGHT RED MAILBOX? Not only that but she has a rain barrel so she can use the water for her flowers! HOA-Free living means home owners can be creative and use their own common sense. As long as they follow the city codes, they are not hassled. Neighbors aren’t looking for ways to sue or foreclose on each others’ properties like we hear about every day across America’s HOAs. Heck, even paying dues once a year is done voluntarily.
Rountree’s focus is on socialization. No, it’s not a joke. They REALLY DO focus on looking out for each others’ kids and homes. “Our neighbors have become a stand-in family” Mary says.
This sounds so foreign to me. I’ve been living in an HOA so long this seems like a completely different world and another lifetime. I’m having flashbacks of my childhood neighborhood. I’m so envious of Mary and how she bubbles over with joy talking about where she lives!
Just before we said good-bye she said, “And we have chickens, too!” No doubt, they are probably free-range and cage-free enjoying their freedom, too.
Sure looks like Rountree dispels the myth that you must have an HOA to maintain property values, doesn’t it? Who wants to bet the Kromreys’ property value is going up?
Where is Uncle Billy Bob? Sounds like he was hired to restore the Heritage Landing Condos in Saint Charles, Missouri but has headed off to….fishing trip? Guadalajara? Elsewhere? Residents are living in hotel rooms but the contractor is MIA. Who hires these losers, anyway?
Actually, it’s “Kansas City, there I was.” Doesn’t do much for the old Chuck Berry/Beatles tune. “They got some crazy little women there, and I’m gonna get me one.”
In answer to the many emails, yes, my website was crashed/hacked a week and a half ago. Sadly, this time the intruder so corrupted each file that my poor webmaster has been sweating blood trying to rebuild the old site line by line. This time we’ll make sure it’s mirrored in several places to keep us up and to keep this vandal frustrated. It’s rather wild, but I’ve learned that several other anti-HOA websites were trashed the exact same hour as mine. Of course, that’s only a coincidence, isn’t it?