Getting harder and harder to find them. I will say this, it is easy to bash a HOA that is run like a prison camp. i understand why clients hate them. However, an effective HOA is actually to your benefit, as hard as that is to believe . The same rules you hate, also protect what may be (arguably) your biggest investment. For example, with no HOA you will not have the rules to live by, however neither will your neighbors. Maybe your next door neighbor will want to take 7-8 cars, put them up on blocks and scatter them around the yard. Yeah, HOA would prevent that from happening. Maybe look to compromise, speak with some owners in a community where you like a house that has a HOA, I have found they are not all run the same.
Best of luck.