I often get Internet request asking to be set up for home searches for subdivisions that do not have home-owner's associations. I have lived in other states where that would be no big deal as zoning helps to maintain the areas. This request takes a different spin in Houston as we do not have zoning in the Houston area. When there is not a Home Owners Association there are usually also no deed restrictions. With no deed restrictions you tend to get a little bit of everything. I took some pictures in a subdivision in Spring that has no deed restrictions. I have always called the subdivision the Vegetable Patch as the streets are named such things as Carrot, Turnip and Tomato. The actual name of the subdivision is Farmette Meadows.
As you can see there's a little bit of everything in Farmettte Meadows. I took all of these pictures on Carrot street. As you drive along the street you might see cars on Cinder blocks, trailers in front of house, businesses, homes etc. If you are going to open a business this might be the perfect place. If you are looking for a subdivision where you have similar types of property to maintain your property values this might not be the best place.
I lived in 3 states prior to moving to Spring and I must say I almost fell off my chair when I was in real estate school and learned that Houston DID NOT HAVE ZONING!! Every other place I lived had zoning and for me it had become a way of life. I quickly learned that with no zoning you are really dependent upon home owners associations and deed restrictions to maintain your property values. When you don't have an HOA Farmette Meadows is an example of what you get. I'm not saying this is bad it is a great place to start a business but it is not for everybody.
My husband had a co-worker who bought out in Waller County in an unresticted area. When he bought the house a nice house was next door. Shortly after they moved in the nice house next door was sold and the new owner decided to open a junk yard. Like I said earlier if you have a business a subdivision with no zoning might be the place you want to be but if not this is probably not be where you want to be. When the junk yard opened his co-workers property values went down the tube.
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