You can do just about anything you want on your property without having to deal with busy body neighbors complaining about your boat being parked in your driveway overnight or a guest parking their car in the street while visiting you for a few days.
Personally, I grew up as a child in cookie cutter neighborhoods and couldn't wait until the day I could afford to purchase my own home on my own piece of property to do as I choose with. But that's just my opinion. Lot's of folks prefer a more regimented, organized and structured lifestyle hence RB type communities are perfect for them.
The main thing to keep in mind about RB is they have age-restricted areas. In other words, you have to be of senior age to live in that development .. IE 55, 65, etc. This is where a real estate agent can be of help.
The CC&R have never been a problem per-say, albeit they do have certain restrictions. It is my personal belief that these restriction help keep the neighborhood values up ... They mostly include things like the color of paint you can put on your house, restrictions on RVs etc. These are not always bad things ...
-- Rod --
Have you been to Rancho Bernardo yet? Is there a particular neighborhood of interest? Your agent can do the research specific to any concerns you have. I have lived here for 16 years and love the area. There are many areas in Rancho Bernardo that do not have, or have very low Mello Roos taxes, which is a real benefit. Some of the neighborhoods also have very reasonable HOA fees for what you receive in return. I would be happy to answer any questions about RB.
Marcie Sands, REALTOR
Simply The Best Real Estate Company, Inc.
I think everyone here has pretty much nailed it. Each complex/subdivision is different so your approach should be to identify ones you like and work backward from there. I love Rancho Bernardo and have worked here for 8 years. I also love 4S Ranch, which is adjacent to. Feel free to contact me directly with what you are looking for and I would be happy to jump in and do the research for you.
McAllister Homes Real Estate
I've actually had clients that couldn't stand to have their feet held so closely to the fire. One client loved woodworking in his garage/woodworking shop. in the evenings when he came home from work. He never worked past 8pm with any power tools and always kept the garage door closed.
However, in his particular development the CC&R's prohibited such activity. So he sold his RE home and purchase a one acre lot whence he built his own custom home and 3 car garage and a detached 800sf woodworking shop. He now lives happily ever after in his own space and can whittle away late into the night to his hearts content.
I also had a very good friend of mine who loved to work on his dune buggy and boat. He ran into the same situation but loved his home. So we had to find him a workshop nearby in a commercial zone whereby he could work on his hobby.
But in answer to your question you need to first select the area of RB you wish to live in and then have your RE professional obtain a copy of the CC&R's for your perusal. Another thing you could do if your the outgoing and fearless type is to reach out to some residents and potential neighbors and get their opinions on the development you're interested in.
But I'd tend to stay away from anyone on the POA or HOA board if you want a totally objective overview. Board members have a fiduciary obligation to uphold and enforce the CC&R's and can more often than not render opinions that fall far short of the mark and the objective and unbiased opinion you really need to know about.
I agree with what has been said and usually a title company can provide copies of these documents for you to review. I live in the Montelena development of RB and would suggest you go to MontelenaHOA.com for additional information on that area. Feel free to call with more specific questions about these areas.
HOM Sothebys International Realty
Rancho Bernardo ("RB" to those of us who live here) is a master planned community with many different subdivisions. Most of these subdivisions have their own CC&Rs. As such, you'd do well to focus on the specific areas of RB you are interested in, then review their CC&Rs for any specific issues you may be concerned about.
Please feel free to contact me directly for additional information.
Adam Mallory, Broker, ABR, e-Pro