Nosey neighbors are one thing, neighborhood Covenants & Restrictions are another.
As for the neighbors, they tend to come and go. Some may attempt to exert 'control' on others, but that is best handled one on one, setting the playing field right from the start.
Other than laws, county/city rules and ordinances, the only 'control' that can be applied to those in the neighborhood originate from the association (HOA) Covenants & Restrictions. The following link is an Allen County, IN resource to view a specific C&R: http://inlaredo.fidlar.com/inallen/WebSenseCustom/Default.aspx
Due your due diligence and read the document before buying. Once a homeowner in a neighborhood, you are obligated to abide the C&R.
We will work harder than Justin. Plus there are two of us. Just sayin. :)
Your best options are going to be either older neighborhoods, or something outside of newer additions. A country property is a good option, as well. Let me know if you'd like some more specific information. I have all of the resources to make your home purchase as smooth as possible.