I just did a blog today for Mother Earth News about covenant communities. I hope the blog was objective and I did not allow my bias to show through. Having been involved in numerous covenant communities it is my considered opinion that if you are contemplating moving to one that you give the move serious consideration.
Colorado has passed law after law that gives associations unbridled power that is not found anywhere else in communities. Novices or those who have specific agendas then manage to get into positions where they can wield that power against their friends and neighbors. Politics within these communities make the current republican caucuses pale by comparison. Normally good and decent people suddenly become dictators over their communities not especially because they wanted to do that but because they can do that and don't have the sense not to.
In all the people I have spoken to from Florida to Wisconsin and Maine to California they all seem to have a grievance with their HOA. I don't understand why people suddenly change like they do but it certainly is not localized. So if you want to read the newest blog on HOA's go to: http://www.motherearthnews.com/the-happy-homesteader/choices-more-on-choosing-a-homestead-site.aspx
I would be interested to know if anyone has a favorable experience with their HOA and actually likes their HOA.