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 have a home at 5204 Hamilton Rd, Yoder, IN 46798 that is in the country. Its so peaceful out here. The property is 3 acres, 3600 sq ft home and 2 huge steel/brick buildings for sale by owner. We are having an open house today, Sunday, June 23 from 1pm to 4pm. Come on out and see what this property has to offer. We'd love to see you.
Condo Associations can be the most intrusive.Only your lender can kick you out (if you don't pay them). Home owner associations vary in how strict they are. A few normal restrictions can protect you. Too many can be a pain.Rural property may suit you better. http://www.ftwaynehomes.com is where you will find the most experienced agent.
If you want to live in town, you may want to look for metes & bounds in the listing. This is what we did.Our 2000 squares 4 bedroom 3 bath split level with attached 2 1/2 garage and basement sits on 1/2 acre just off Trier ... close to everything. No HOA (aka "neighborhood nazis") We are closing the sale of this property next week. There are plenty of those around. Just need to know what you're looking for.
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.
There are plenty of homes out there with little or no restrictions from an HOA. Please give me a call and I will help you. No one will work harder for you than me!