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Old 03-11-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The other dog in the fight for East Hampton/Marlborough is that they qualify under the USDA Rural Mortgage which allows a low down payment with no additional mortgage insurance. These loans, as I understand them, are designed to encourage growth in the smaller towns. I think I'd prefer to have my family along the Rt 9/91 corridor due to the access to more amenities, but if the quality of house and ease of purchase trump that, then I'd be willing to relocate.
Have you looked further down Route 9 into Haddam. Seems like a nice town too. Not too sure how the schools compare though. Jay
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:43 PM
 
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The HOA in Spice Hill is for not much of anything. It pays for the use of subdivision open space and for the landscaping at the entry to Spice Hill. You would have to read any by-laws to see if the HOA has any restrictions, etc. There are four homes for sale on Tarragon and some others throughout the subdivision. This is pretty typical of the subdivision.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:08 AM
 
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The HOA in Spice Hill is for not much of anything. It pays for the use of subdivision open space and for the landscaping at the entry to Spice Hill. You would have to read any by-laws to see if the HOA has any restrictions, etc. There are four homes for sale on Tarragon and some others throughout the subdivision. This is pretty typical of the subdivision.
Not true. They also control the water supply and possibly the sanitary sewer. They have a lot of rules governing a homes appearance and I believe part of the problem relates to a few residents strictly enforcing the rules. I will try to get more information from my friend that lives there. Jay
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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What exactly does "control the water supply" mean? By my count there are 6 for sale on Tarragon and 6 for sale on Spice Hill Rd. If that's under the same association ownership, then that would seem to indicate an issue, no?
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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A few years ago I looked at some homes in a subdivision called "Royal Oaks" in East Hampton. They were new construction and were trying to sell the remaining units. The lots were very small and all the houses used heating oil for heat. I thought that was odd since they had town water and sewer. Why didn't they just lay the pipe for natural gas at the same time?

This place had an HOA as well, but the yearly cost was very low. I'm not sure what they did, but I found out they had some covenants which prohibited storing boats in your driveway and junk car(s) and/or fixing your car(s) in the driveway.

Junk car prohibition I can understand the other two not so much. Especially considering the property was within one mile of Lake Pocotopaug. I would imagine a lot of people would want to use boats on the lake. I don't own a boat so not a big deal to me, but I can imagine that being an issue if you had to sell in the future.

At the very least I did find a really good pizza place on RT 66 in East Hampton. I don't remember the name, but it's easy to notice.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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I should add that the HOA fee also includes snow plowing. The HOA fee as noted by real estate agents is only about $ 6-7 a month. That's not enough to cover water & sewer for a year.

The water supply used to be run by Birmingham Utilities which taken over some years back by South Central Regional Water Authority. This is a huge private company covering many areas of the state. Although it's called city water, it's a privately owned company which draws its water from a series of deep wells in the area. The state tests the wells monthly.

There was some controversy several years back, when it was Birmingham, about the them seeking additional sources of water in the area. They wanted to explore possibilities over by the high school from what I remember. I don't know whatever became of the situation.

What part the HOA plays in the water/ sewer billing, if they even do that, I don't know. Someone familiar with the subdivision may. However, the HOA does not tell either the water company or the sewer district what to do.

As for the number of homes for sale, it's typical. It's a large subdivision for the area. Many of the homes are small - 1700-2000 square feet or so. It tends to appeal to first time buyers or people moving up from condos. People move on to larger homes in more upscale subdivions, they get transferred, they lose their jobs and have to sell, etc.

I only found 4 active on Tarragon. Others may have been expired or closed with signs still up.
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