The absolute best people to ask are people who live in then neighborhood, go knock on some doors. It is a fine area of older Irvine housing, looks to me like many people still caring well for their properties, lots of green lawns, but of course, as with any neighborhood a few bad apples. No HOA contributes to this, HOAs have pros & cons & you need to decide of you want to live in a neighborhood with these types of rules or not.
Please let me know if I can help you any further. You can look through the MLS just like I do at this area by clicking on my web link below.
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