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Suburban 1.01 AC Homestead in an HOA

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Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Zone 8a - Humid
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Good Day Everyone!

Due to the current situation of the Coronavirus outbreak I am going to have a LOT more free time. I have been using the extra time to make progress on my new homestead I am setting up for the family. However, I see a time in the future to where I will be catching up on things and be able to post up a great thread with lots of pics for everyone to scroll through.

We just bought our home on Coastal North Carolina in Zone 8A in August 2019. This house was a New Build and cheaper/smaller than the normal home for this neighborhood. As a plus... it was a blank slate for the most part. So I got to even choose the type of grass to plant into the mud hole yard... well... it was one at one time. lol The grass is starting to look decent already even with the hard clay.

We have 1.01 Acres with the back 30 feet or so being Pine forest with a good dozen blueberry bushes in the understory (I will soon be assisting for better production). The rest of the yard is essentially postage stamp shaped... with a 5 foot deep x 10 foot wide ditch that surrounds it. Creating a lovely swampy area/mud hole for the kids to play in a few days after each rain. Though... if times get REALLY tough... they would be easily converted into rice patties I suppose.

We Are in an HOA.
1) We are not allowed any livestock or poultry "used for commercial purposes".
2) No regs on bees or fish... or rabbits... or quail... etc... so that is fair game.
3) No regs on gardening or fruit trees either.

So, I basically just need to make it look nice... not smell... And I plan to make it very functional at the same time. After reading up on the regs I walked around the neighborhood. It looks to be a LAX HOA. I spotted soooo many houses out of regs. Things from fences, to trailers sitting the driveway, to "not allowed" dog breeds... are all here. And... it eases me to see that! lol

It does look like as long as you don't annoy your neighbor... they won't bring the HOA hammer down on you. Each resident is responsible for reporting HOA violations. So I need to make friends!

Any permanent structures ranging from a concrete pad on up must have permission first... and if a shed... must match the house siding and shingles. lol

I have made SIGNIGICANT progress already in my short stay here. I will begin posting up pics and such in the following posts.

Did you know that you can (allegedly) feed a family of 4 on just 1/4 of an acre? If that is possible anywhere... it would be in my area. Every inch of the yard is usable (deep soil and flat). We get around 46 inches of rain a year... and it is not too hot or too cold... though it can get pretty hot some years.

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