I think you should evaluate what you are getting for $289.00.
Many people are happy to pay an HOA fee in order to lock their door and walk away, knowing someone else is going to maintain their home.
Is it a gated community? do they replace the roof and paint the outside when needed? Do they have a heated pool, tennis courts, club house?
Many communities have security, pest control, include basic cable and or water. The community has to carry some hefty master insurance premiums, flood insurance, replacement value, fidelity bonds, liability, etc.
Only you can decide if you are getting what you are paying for. If you think it is worth it great, if not then you have your answer.