Emphatically NO. When we sell our house in a few years, we will be looking for a NON HOA neighborhood.
Problem is that HOAs too often focus on petty things and can border on harrassing homeowners.
In the last home i owned, i received letters from HOA because of the types of flowers i planted. Not weed but FLOWERS, annuals, you know the kind that die off anyway each year. Apparently the HOA didn't like i had too many flowers of one color. I changed the colors, then they didnt like the types of flowers- i had period. The only thing that made them happy? So-I ripped out all the flowers in my front yard and replaced them with FAKE flowers. Not knowing my flowers were fake, they were finally happy with my selection. PATHETIC.
They complained about our AMERICAN FLAG on a pole. YET they had no problem with people littering their front lawns with college signs and other kind of decorative flags.
We had company (family) stay over for two days and they complained about the car (a nice new one) being parked in front of our home.
Eventhough we had professional gardner, lawnmowing company at the time. They complained about our grass being too tall, then being too short, not being green enough then being too green (the wrong type of grass).
Bottom line-- we will never move into another HOA neighborhood and i know many many people that given the choice again, will choose non-HOA.