I understand. I, too, live in Cashiers. In fact, I am one of the "good ol boys" that you mentioned. Of course, I know you don't mean anything by that. So, no offense taken. I also must tell you that I do not agree with the "good ol boy" concept. Let me explain.
Recently, our Broker In Charge has been trying to work with the Tourism Development Authority to help increase revenue and help the local economy. Unfortunately, there are elected officials that have close ties and even work with some businesses in the area. This can create conflicts of interest
This community needs help and support. While I must say that we have had a lot of people move into the region from out of state, it is those dollars that give us all jobs and support our families. Now, I'm not saying people should get rid of their dogs and we have to change our lifestyles, but we should be able to live with one another and understand we can't expect others to change just for us.
Some clubs have created "green or common" areas around their perimeters. These actually act as buffers between the club owners and those that live outside those properties. This helps to create the atmosphere where everyone can coexist.
I understand your dilemma. In fact, I live in a gated community that helps to alleviate some of those problems. Oddly enough, our neighbors like to have a lot of parties in the summer on their porch. Very loud and boisterous, almost as bad as barking dogs. We can't leave our windows open and have a conversation in our house because their noise resonates off their back porch like an amphitheater. As a result, we've had to learn to live with it.
Part of the beauty of the mountains is being away from all the "city" noises, lights, etc. Still, we have people that want to move here and install street lights in their yards that shine into our homes. They try to make it like the place they moved away from. We also have bears. Do we want someone to come kill off the bears?
It is a different environment here. It's why we live here. While I agree, I don't like dogs barking all night, I can't expect others to change for me. The "good ol boys" will have their dogs, although I do not have any. People will also have chickens, horses, goats and other animals in unrestricted areas. It's why we hire a Broker to help us find areas that are restricted. A client must let a Broker know of everything he wants. The Broker will then do his best to meet his clients needs. A good Broker will look and see what property is next to yours and if it has any restrictions or not. However, the buyer has a Due Diligence period to discover anything they feel might hinder their potential purchase
While your situation is unfortunate, it is certainly not your neighbors fault. We all have the right to live the way we want, and we should be good neighbors. However, we can't expect people to change their lives or government to impose restrictions to suit our personal desires. We just need to find a neighborhood that fits our needs.
If you need a Broker to assist in the sell of our home, feel free to contact me. If you already have a Broker, please disregard as this is not intended as a solicitation. I understand your situation and would be wiling to help any way that I can. And with a name like "Snake" you sound like a "good ol boy" yourself. :)
As for disclosure, although NC is a Caveat Emptor state honesty is always best and don't forget The Golden Rule.