Here's a funny HOA story for ya. Or at least I thought so. A friend of mine at work moved into a subdivision and everything was going good until we hit a long stretch of over time at work. We were doing 7 days a week and 10-12 hour days for several months. He was on 2nd shift and was having to work from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. quite a bit. Even if you are young, that kind of work will wear you out after a while. On top of that, he was also going through a divorce. So needless to say...doing yard work became less of a priority to him than sleeping, working, etc. The HOA started leaving notices about his yard getting a bit out of the ordinance and threatening him. After a while of this...he gets tired of it. He told them that he has been working 12 hr days for the past several months, been having family problems, and to go honk Bobo. They didn't like that and got on him harder. So what's he do? Got off work one night at 3 in the morning and fires his lawnmower up when he got home. I never did get to hear what happened after that, but I imagine it probably got good.
As for me...I'll take my country living. I have an easy solution to the fear of neighbors moving in junk beside me and all that...it's simple: buy all the land that joins me lol I don't want all the land. Just every thing that joins me.